Delicious “no guilt” Brownies

Everybody likes brownies right?

What if I told you that I have a recipe for delicious brownies and you don’t even have to feel guilty about indulging?

Actually you can give yourself a pat on the back for having this treat!

That’s because these Healthy Brownies have a hidden vegetable inside.

Yes it’s true. This recipe calls for spinach…and I promise you won’t taste it at all.

In addition to the Vitamin A and iron from the spinach, these Healthy Brownies have antioxidant-rich blueberries and a nice serving of fiber from whole- wheat flour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use “Earth Balance” vegan spread)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or brown sugar
  • 2 eggs  (for vegan version substitute 1/2 mashed banana per 1egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup purple pure (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 chopped pecans (optional)

Purple Puree

  • 3 cups raw baby spinach or 2 cups frozen chopped spinach or frozen chopped collard greens
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3-4 Tbsp. water

If using raw spinach, wash and dry it thoroughly (even if it’s triple-washed, bagged spinach). Bring the spinach and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer, 10 minutes.

Rinse and drain blueberries. Place blueberries, cooked spinach, lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. of water in blender. Blend on high until smooth. Makes one cup. (you can freeze it for next time)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large  bowl  stir oil, add sugar, eggs or massed banana, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1cup purple pure, 1/2 cup flour, salt, baking powder and pecans. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. Let cool and ENJOY:-)


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One Response to “Delicious “no guilt” Brownies”

  1. Hey Zuzanna!

    I tried this recipe out and it turned out pretty good. I only had spelt flour and used it instead of whole wheat flour; it seems to have turned out nicely. I’d like to ‘dress’ up the brownie with some topping… what would you recommend? perhaps some fruit?

    And for all the chocolate recipes, my sweeth tooth thanks you. I’m going to tackle the double chocolate protien balls later!

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