1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg whites
1/2 cup flour
2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
caramel topping (recipe follows)
1 cup pecan pieces
1. Heat oven to 350. Grease 9 inch square pan.
2.Stir together applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add egg whites, beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. Spread into pan.
3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until brownies began to pull away from sides. Remove brownies from oven immediately and carefully spread with prepared topping. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup chips and pecans over topping. Cool completely in pan, be careful not to disturb chips while soft. Cut and enjoy!
Carmel topping: remove wrappers from 25 caramels. In medium microwave safe bowl place 2 tablespoons tub butter or butter/margarine, caramels and 2 tablespoons milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir. Microwave an additional 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Use immediately.
* you can use your favorite kind of nuts; peanuts or almonds would be good too!!