Here is a delightful version of legendary Wacky Cake, which is said to have its origins in World War II rationing, when milk and eggs were hard to come by. At the time, the cake was lower in fat and cholesterol, not by choice but by necessity. Today, those characteristics are virtues.
11/2 cups unbleached pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl; stir with a fork until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla, applesauce, vinegar, and water. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Pour into a 9″x9″ baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Per serving (one-ninth of recipe): 171 calories, 2 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 18 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 10% calories from fat, 1 g fiber, 343 mg sodium
Recipe from 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard, MD