Eat Your Veggies or No Dessert!

by jerseygirl on April 23, 2008 · 4 comments

Those delicious looking brownies contain a whole cup of pureed veggies. Can you believe it?

For Christmas, I received Deceptively Delicious as a gift. Since I have a 6 year old that is extremely picky, I thought this cookbook would come in handy. It gave me ideas to sneak some veggies into his diet as nothing else will work. The idea is to puree vegetables and use them in different recipes by matching up the veggie colors with the food. Today I made the brownies from this book. The texture was a little different, however, I liked the fact that they were chocolaty but not so sweet. I garnished them with powdered sugar to make them look better and add a little sweetness. I also substituted white whole wheat flour as that was the only flour I had in my pantry. If you do not want to go through the trouble of cooking and pureeing veggies, you could probably use baby food.

Now the real test…does my children like them???????? And the results are………..

My 10 year old daughter thought they were good. She is not a brownie person and eats quite healthy. If she were having treats, she’d rather have some sour candy or ice cream. My hubby ate one and said they were okay. He did have a weird look on his face as he took a bite. My son and his 6 year old friend each ate half a brownie and said they really didn’t like them. Darn! My neighbor thought they were good for a healthy brownie. I hope she was not just being nice. My conclusion is that they were not bad for a low fat, really healthy brownie but I don’t think they would be a hit at the school bake sale! I think I liked them more than most kids would.

Deceptively Delicious Brownies

3 ounces semisweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips)

1/2 cup carrot puree

1/2 cup spinach puree

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 TBS soft tub margarine (trans fat free)

2 tsp vanilla

2 large egg whites

3/4 cup oat flour, or all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 X 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. In a large bowl, mix 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, and salt with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

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Kevin and Katrina April 23, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Yours look better than mine did. That’s about the conclusion I came to, that I’d eat them because I’d get to have a brownie, still a bit healthy, but I’m not sure my kids would really eat them again. A little too much work for what you get.

Emiline April 24, 2008 at 2:04 am

I checked out that book from the library. It was really cute- I loved the look of it.
I didn’t make anything from it though.

At least you don’t have to feel bad about eating a brownie.

Tracy April 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I personally don’t think I could hack a brownie with spinach in it. Maybe if you fed it to me without me knowing…

Lisa April 24, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Katrina and Tracy,
No one in my house was thrilled about them however today my daughter had her class try them. She loved the fact that it was “deceptive” and no one believed there were spinach in them.

It is a cute looking book. I will try a few more recipes and hopefully they will taste good.

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