"I like to experiment making moist, delicious low-fat desserts. This one also happens to be nutritious, with applesauce, flaxseed meal, and wheat germ." --Anne M. Kotchek, Rockville, MD
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)
Apple slices (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Add flour mixture and 1 cup hot water alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Cut into 12 squares; sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with apple, if desired.