Hi world! Want to know a secret? I’m a little in over my head at the moment, but as a college student, I mean, who isn’t? Want to know another secret? Today, I’ve eaten more chocolate chips than anything else. I don’t think my nutrition teacher would be very pleased with me. Oh well, my mind is happy and soothed.

You know something that is not a secret? My love for brownies. Seriously, I love them. If brownies were an animal, they would definitely be my spirit animal. Does anyone else remember that spirit animal phase from The O.C? AKA, the time when Summer went to Brown, slightly lost her mind, and then when Seth visits he discovers that his spirit animal is an Otter. This phase of The OC is also remembered, not too fondly, as the steep, downhill, turn for the worst ending of a one time fabulous show. Why am I talking about spirit animals?

Back to brownies, now these are some delicious brownies, perfectly fudgey and topped with coconut which caramelizes in the oven – hello heaven! While I do love to share healthy recipes, sometimes, all you need is a good brownie, or three. If you’re in the mood for some healthy talk, check out my most recent posts on The Kit, but if you’re having a day where brownies are required, please make these.

Coconut Topped Brownies (makes 15)
Recipe by Lou

Ingredients

4 oz semisweet chocolate
2 tbsp butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

Topping

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
2 1/2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp brown sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Set aside and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, eggs and vanilla.

In a large bowl, whisk sugar, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. Stir in the liquid ingredients. Finally mix in the cooled, melted chocolate. Pour batter into the lined pan.

Prepare the topping by mixing the coconut, melted butter, chopped walnuts and brown sugar together. Evenly spoon on top of brownies.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Lastly, place the brownies for 1-2 minutes under the broiler, or until topping is caramelized.

Please enjoy these brownies, I’m going to find out what my real spirit animal is.

- Lou

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