Low-fat Baileys Chocolate Chunk Brownies

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I just love St. Patrick’s Day. Not only are you encouraged to drink before 10 am, but you can dye all of your food green and talk with a Irish accent. Plus, you can totally pinch people for the fun of it. Although, I must say, my favorite part of the holiday is the fact that you can add Baileys Irish Cream to everything. Even though I’ve been known to stick a straw right in the bottle, it’s much more socially acceptable to bake with it and eat it in a dessert, like these low-fat Baileys chocolate chunk brownies.

Low fat Baileys Chocolate brownies

I always feel like I’m playing Jenga when I’m stacking brownies or bars on top of each other. It’s constantly a game to see how big of a mess I can make when I’m doing a photoshoot.

Low-fat Bailey's Chocolate Brownies

I was contacted by Musselman’s Applesauce a month ago because they are doing a huge #AppleSauceInstead campaign. They are pushing people to use applesauce instead of higher fat ingredients in baking, like in place of butter or oil, and to snack on it in place of sugar laden candy bars, snacks or protein bars.

Musselmans Musselmans applesauce

So, they asked us to do our own replacement resolution and I immediately thought baking. If you’ve followed this blog for any time, you know I’m a HUGE advocate for applesauce. I usually replace 3/4 of the butter or oil in a recipe for regular, unsweetened applesauce  Not only do you save a ton of fat grams and calories, but you get a moister, fluffier, more dense product in the end. Like, take these brownies for instance. They are so moist they practically melt in your mouth.

Moist Irish brownies

Granted, applesauce isn’t a great addition if you are looking for a super fudgy brownie. But for a moist cakey one? It’s absolutely perfect. As you read yesterday, this girl has to get into a two-piece in two weeks and the last thing I need is any extra fudginess. I can’t rave about these chocolate filled bites of heaven enough. I mean boozy brownie made with chunks of white chocolate and cocoa, what’s not to love here?

Low-fat Bailey’s Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Baileys Irish Chocolate Chunk Brownies


Yields about 16 small brownies. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 18 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons Musselman’s unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 2/3 cup chopped white chocolate (you want chunks), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • Green food dye


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, Baileys, vanilla and applesauce together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Stir in 1/3 cup white chocolate chunk pieces.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Let cool completely.
  5. Heat remaining white chocolate in a microwave safe dish for about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Add oil to the chocolate and stir (this will make it thinner so it’s easier to glaze). Add food dye.
  6. Glaze the brownies with the green white chocolate and enjoy!

Nutritional information per brownie:

Calories: 135.5 
Fat: 5 grams 
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Fiber: >1 grams 
Protein: 2.1 grams 
Weight Watchers Points: 4

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  1. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Pinned like heyyyyy! Love it!
  2. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Those are glooooorious!
  3. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Oh yea! Adding Bailey's to anything chocolate is my biggest tribute to all things Irish - hit it outta the park you did, Lass!
  4. Posted by Julia on
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    I love using applesauce in place of oil in baked goods. I swear, I can't tell the difference, so might as well use the sauce!! These brownies look awesome and perfect for St. Paddy's day. It's been ages since I've had Irish cream and I'd love it in my brownie!
  5. Posted by wymberley on
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! My husband will love these...wonder how they would do with coconut flour
  6. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    i prefer a straw to baileys too but in the form of moist brownies is totally acceptable too :)
  7. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Oh I love Baileys, yum!
  8. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Um, LOVE these! And you, of course!
  9. Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    Well, I love Bailey's, I love brownies, and I love that these are low fat!
  10. Posted by Donna on
    Thursday, March 7th, 2013
    Could one successfully sub Truvia or a Splenda baking blend for the sugar in the recipe...without damage to your recipe's integrity?...These look exquisite and quite "safe" for a St. Paddy's Day dessert!
  11. Thursday, March 7th, 2013
    I love the idea using the Apple Butter! Your brownies look amazing!
  12. Posted by Matthew Lawless on
    Friday, March 8th, 2013
    My mother and I started using applesauce in our batters a few years back and absolutely love the taste and health benefits
  13. Posted by jennifer on
    Friday, March 8th, 2013
    I just started following your blog... I love it! I workout a lot.. but was always pretty bad about following a diet plan... It seemed like I could eat whatever I wanted in my teens and earlier 20s... Now after 2 kids and nearing 30.. I have noticed that is not a luxury of mine anymore... I have been on a strict diet for about a month now... I say diet... But really a lifestyle change. Healthy subsitutes.... I love all the recipes you have on here so far. Can't wait to make some more! I just made your 42 calorie pumpkin drop cookies... AmazeBalls. They r good! The kiddos love them too! I ran out of whole wheat flour... so I substituted some oats! Still yummy! Thanks for blogging! U rock!
  14. Posted by Kathryn on
    Saturday, March 9th, 2013
    I wish St Patrick's Day was a big thing over here. I'm always up for an excuse to drink at 10am!
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