2020 Autism Awareness Blog Hop

I'm happy to be a part of RJ Scott's Autism Blog Hop again this year. This year's theme is food, so I'd like to share my favorite brownie recipe with you.

But first, let's begin with an autism fact:


Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain but may be extra sensitive to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation—which may contribute to a reluctance to being cuddled or hugged.


Don't miss any of the stops on the hop! Each one has an autism fact and a competition. :-)

Start here with RJ's master post on her website: http://rjscott.co.uk/autismbloghop2020



2/3 cup honey

1/3 cups natural, unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large egg, at room temperature

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Spray an 8-inch square pan with olive oil. Set aside.

Pour the honey into a glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny and just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the cocoa and stir until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well blended.

In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla. Whisk together. Add the honey-cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir until flour is incorporated completely. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the surface looks dry around the pan's edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not overbake. 

Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing into squares. 

Makes 16 (2-inch) brownies.

Chocolate is a favorite of Jack's foods in my book SUGAR CRUSH. There's also SO MUCH baking. And brownies may make an appearance...

When horror novelist Jack Kramer is guilted into joining his best friend’s softball team, he’s not expecting to come face to face with the inspiration for his next novel. But one look at Gabriel Spencer, and his muse is off and running. Good thing, too, as his deadline is looming.

Bakery assistant Gabriel abhors anything with blood and gore, but he’s intrigued by Jack and agrees to help the sexy author. He’s not expecting the white hot attraction that builds every moment they are together, or how to handle dating someone who pushes him so far outside his comfort zone.

Happiness versus horror, sunlight versus shadows, early riser versus night owl, the men couldn’t be more different. Opposites attract, but are they too dissimilar to write their own happy ever after?

For a chance to win a digital copy of the book, leave a comment on the 2020 Autism Awareness Blog Hop post on my Facebook page with your favorite dessert.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Many thanks to RJ for putting together the hop!