If you had told me a couple years ago that canned pumpkin would be a good thing to put in a brownie I probably would have gagged.
But now that I am older, wiser, and trying to eat healthier I got pretty excited when my friend told me about this brownie recipe that included squash. I wanted to try it right away but I didn’t have any squash so I used canned pumpkin which I always have on hand in the cabinet.
I made it even more healthy by substituting applesauce for the oil and added in some Sunspire Grain Sweet Dark Chocolate Chips which I was really surprised tasted fantastic in here because when you eat these chips by themselves they don’t really taste very good at all.
Canned pumpkin is actually really a great health food because its low in fat and calories but loaded with healthy goodness. It’s got a lot of fiber – about 8 g in 1 cup which is what this recipe has and is a great source of vitamin A which is essential for healthy eyesight. It’s also got manganese and iron as well as a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Who knew brownies could be so good for you?
Of course, this recipe still has some stuff in it that isn’t so good for you like brown sugar but as desserts go I think it’s pretty healthy using whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour and being loaded with healthy spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. If you use organic Cacao Powder and the sunspire chips you can make it even more healthy.
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, skim milk, apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until mixed.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread batter in a 9 X 13 greased pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.