Fresh Baked Friday: Healthy Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are unbelievable. They’re chewy, fudgy and sweet. They’re also healthy.

Healthy chocolate brownies? Yeah, I told you they were unbelievable. 

These brownies are vegan and non-fat, but you won’t be able to tell the difference from the store-bought boxes of mix that call for vegetable oil and eggs.

The secret ingredient in this healthy treat is pureed pumpkin. Fruit purees, like canned pumpkin, applesauce and mashed bananas, are a common substitute for fat and eggs in many recipes. The puree replaces the eggs by binding the ingredients together and makes desserts moist and rich without oil. If you’re not a huge fan of the pumpkin flavor, never fear! There isn’t even a hint of pumpkin taste when these brownies come out of the oven, just pure, chocolaty goodness.

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional, these add fat to the recipe)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9” by 9” baking tin with parchment paper.
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  4. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and stir until completely combined. Add white chocolate chips, if desired.
  5. Spread brownie batter in prepared baking pan and level top with spatula. 
  6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Allow brownies to cool before cutting and enjoying. Dress up your presentation by sprinkling powdered sugar on top.

This delicious dessert creation comes from Kurryleaves and boy, am I glad I found it. 

Got any healthy treats to share?

Kylie K.