I have tested this recipe on dozens of unsuspecting kids and I am confident when I say these spinach brownies will get your kids not only eating spinach, but loving spinach. Well, in these brownies at least.
I was skeptical at first, especially considering there is at least 6 cups of baby spinach in these chocolate goodies, but you don’t taste it. Or the carrots. Did I mention there is 1/2 cup of pureed carrots in these spinach brownies too?
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline. All of this in a chocolate brownie.
Cook and puree spinach and carrots ahed of time and store in 1/2 cup servings using small snack size zip lock bags in the freezer. Then you are ready to make these whenever the kids request them . . and they will.
Give this recipe a try. They will be more dense and not nearly as fluffy as traditional brownies, but with chocolate icing on top and a few coloured candies, the kids won’t mind.
Spinach Brownies Kids Will Love
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
½ cup pureed carrots (or cauliflower, zucchini – experiment!)
½ cup pureed spinach (steam/boil down 6 cups baby 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
1 tsp flax, hemp or chai seeds
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8-inch baking pan (I highly recommend a silicone pan so the brownies fall right out – no spray or flour needed) with cooking spray & dust with extra cocoa powder.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over very low heat. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, vanilla and whisk until smooth and creamy.
Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, flax, hemp or chai seeds, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the pan, spread evenly and bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Cool completely in the pan before icing or cutting. I always add icing and a few mini candy coated chocolates because spinach always taste better when it looks this good!
PIN this recipe to your Delicious Healthy Snack Board on Pinterest so you can find this one again . .and again!