1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup dairy or nondairy milk
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, optional

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add applesauce, maple syrup, nondairy milk, oil and vanilla extract. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if desired). Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven in an 8×8-inch cake pan for 30 minutes, or in mini muffin pan for 20 minutes.

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