Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Veggie Brownies

I am going to post this on both my blogs – this one is good for baking and for mommies!

Brownies made with veggies! I will admit that as I am typing this I have not tried them. But wow, do they ever smell yummy. I can’t wait to try them, and usually I would be digging into them as they were still warm, but the recipe says that they need to be completely cooled before the spinach taste dissipates. So the taste testing part will have to wait. But in the meantime here is the recipe for those interested. I got it from “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. I have been reading it again and am on a mission to make more good for you dishes for my family. I had purchased a “log” of chocolate chip cookie dough to make with Jakob last week. I realized that it was still in the fridge yesterday and thought to myself “oh no, I had better make these soon”, and much to my disgust I read that the expiration date wasn’t til the middle of SEPT!!! So it got me thinking about all the preservatives in food. I have promised myself and my boys (all three of them) that I will do my best to make as many things fresh and from scratch that I can. I am going to see how much more organic products we can afford to switch to when grocery shopping. I already do a little bit of organic purchases, but there is a lot more that I could do for us. And I really do have more time to make more homemade meals – I just have to get myself more organized and plan ahead. But that is a whole other blog. So let’s get back to the recipe:


3 ounces semi sweet chocolate
½ cup carrot puree
½ cup spinach puree
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp trans fat-free soft tub margarine spread
2 tsp vanilla
2 large egg whites
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
3. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.

Remember – leave them to cool completely before eating. The cool info about these is that each brownie only has 133 calories and each has a whopping 3 grams of fiber! And each is packed with antioxidants! Cool, eh?
So that is my tasty, healthy treat for my family.

Love Big, Bake Often


April said...

These sound interesting! I have this book, and I have made nothing from it. Let me know how they turn out.

Tania said...

These turned out very yummy. Extremely moist - to the point of not having the chewiness of a brownie. But very tasty - no sign of veggies at all. they didn't last long!

Vincenzo said...

What a nice blog, let me say that you have what some people call: ''writer's wood'', no really,
this could be the best thing i've ever read since that last post of ''Tabasco's Grill'' by Henry Townsend, i can't wait
for another masterpiece of yours!!!! =)

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