Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a 9x9-inch square baking pan by greasing it or lining it with a reusable mat or parchment paper To a large mixing bowl, add oil, apple sauce, and sugar, and use a hand mixer on high to cream together (about 45 seconds).
Next, add your flour, cocoa powder, and salt and whisk to combine.
Add your eggs and vanilla extract and whisk again until smooth.
Fold roughly half of the chocolate chips into the batter, conserving the other half to sprinkle on top.
Pour your dairy-free brownie batter into your prepped pan and use a spatula to spread the batter out to fill the pan. Sprinkle the conserved chocolate chips on top and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Option to add sea salt on top. Allow the brownies to cool before slicing into them. Enjoy!