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Fudge Brownies

If you like your brownies soft and chewy, then you’ll love this recipe’s secret ingredient (sshhh Â? it’s prune baby food!) that keeps them moist and sweet. What’s more, the prune purée binds to the flour and sugar in the same way a fat would, meaning you only need half the margarine called for in traditional brownie recipes.



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6 oz. unsweetened chocolate
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½ cup vegan margarine
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2 cups light brown sugar
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2 5-oz. jars prune puree
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1 ½ cups flour
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1 Tbs. baking powder
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2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 9x9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper, and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Melt chocolate and margarine in double boiler, or in heatproof bowl in microwave on medium power. Whisk in sugar and prune purée.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in large bowl. Fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture. Add vanilla. Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until top looks dry and brownie is just beginning to pull away from sides of pan.
  4. Cool in pan. Unmold, and cut into 1x1-inch squares. Sift cocoa powder over half of brownies. Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar over remaining brownies. Store in airtight container.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
5 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
33 g
120 mg
2 g
22 g
Makes 24 brownies

Comments on this Recipe

I am amazed how you make these fudge brownies!!

Hi, Where can I find prune puree? Do I have to puree it myself. I found prune butter is it the same.

Baby food!

Get your prunes already pureed. It's baby food!!

I have been to two stores- Fairway and Whole Foods and neither carry prune baby food. Where are people finding the prune puree? Gonna make my own...

It might be called plum baby food seeing as prunes are just dried plums.

it comes in a can near the pie filling. Solo brand.

Prune Brownies

I have been using this recipe for several years and love it! I'm not vegan but I am non-dairy and this alternative is yummier yet than those with eggs, if you ask me. I modify the original recipe with prune/apple baby food (less biting), white sugar and only 1 cup (too sweet with two, and apples in puree add some sweetness) and only 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate...they come out perfectly! I also use only two tsp. of baking powder for a denser, chewier experience. They are always a big hit. I cut them into one inch squares for single bites too. Thanks for a new tradition in our home!