Peanut Butter & Graham Brownies
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Peanut Butter & Graham Brownies

Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes • Serves: 12

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup bittersweet, dark or semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup unsalted butter or canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/4cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4teaspoon salt
1/3cup unsweetened applesauce
8 whole sheets graham crackers, coarsely crushed
1/2cup creamy peanut butter
Whipped cream (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 350°; spray 7-1/2 x 10-1/2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In medium microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and butter in microwave oven on high 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds; stir until smooth and cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla extract.

2.In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir in applesauce and chocolate mixture until just combined. Fold in graham crackers and peanut butter; spread in prepared dish.

3.Bake brownie 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool on wire rack and cut into 12 brownies. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 brownie):
411 Calories, 21g Fat (10g Saturated), 20mg Cholesterol, 155mg Sodium,
49g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 29g Sugars, 27g Added Sugars, 6g Protein

Chef Tip:
Substitute 1 cup coarsely crushed cookies or other variety of graham crackers for the graham cracker sheets; substitute sunflower, almond or other nut butter for the peanut butter.

Recipe can also be prepared in an 8-inch square baking dish; bake for 45 minutes and cut into 16 brownies.