Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a square baking pan (9x9 inches) with parchment paper and lightly spray with baking spray. Set aside.
Make the Crust:
Using a food processor, finely crush cereal
In a medium-size bowl combine cereal crumbs and butter and until everything is well incorporated. Add mixture into the prepared pan and press until you have a flat and even layer. Refrigerate while you make the brownie batter.
Make the Brownie Batter:
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa.
In other bowl mix wet ingredients: butter, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla.
Mix dry and wet ingredients, just until well combined. Please don’t overmix. You can do this by using an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or hand-held.
Pour the batter over the cereal crust. Bake for 35 -40 minutes, or until set and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
Let cool completely before cutting. Use a large serrated knife, such as a bread knife, for cutting the brownie sticks.
You don’t have self-rising flour? NO problem!!You can use all-purpose flour, just make sure to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder + a pinch of salt per cup of flour called in the recipe.You don’t have Buttermilk? NO problem!! Check out my post on how to make buttermilk at home. STORE: Store cut brownie sticks in an airtight container at room temperature; they’re best eaten within 1 to 2 days. In very hot weather it is best to keep the brownies in the fridge and remove them about an hour before you want to eat them.FREEZE: You can freeze the whole pan of uncut brownies well wrapped in plastic and foil for up to 3 months. If you wish to freeze cut brownies individually then wrap each one in plastic wrap and foil and freeze in airtight containers for up to 1 month.To defrost frozen brownies, remove the pan from the freezer, unwrap it and leave at room temperature for about 3 hours. If you are defrosting a whole tray of uncut brownies, I suggest cutting them when they are still partially frozen.LOOKING FOR MORE BROWNIE RECIPES?