Spinach Brownies

By: Deb Lowther photo-brownies

Yes, I said spinach (high in plant based Omega 3s!)  . . . and carrots too or maybe cauliflower? Made with real chocolate and cocoa, the added veggies are not even noticed. My kids ask for these in their school lunches every week and I’m happy to bake them!!

3 ounces semisweet chocolate
½ cup pureed carrots or cauliflower
½ cup pureed spinach (steam/boil down 6C spinach)
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp margarine or butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray & dust with extra cocoa powder.
 Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
 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.
 Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
 Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting.

Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites www.iron-kids.com & www.adultgummies.com or visit her on Twitter @KidsGummyMum or Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.

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