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I’m a big fan of making sweet cravings work for me nutritionally. I totally believe in intuitive indulgence, and am a huge fan of treats! However, if I’m going to bake something to have around the house I like to make sure that it packs as much of a nutritional punch as possible. AND, one of my favourite games is hiding veggies from my wife!
Except that now I’m hiding veggies from myself, which I never thought I’d have to do. I’m currently pregnant and in my first trimester, and food aversions have been the WORST. I can’t seem to choke down anything green, most fruits make me sick, and anything resembling a full meal is a total no-go. When a brownie craving hit I decided to roll with it, and created this recipe that features cauliflower, carrots, oats, flax, and nut butter. Sounds nasty right? Stick with me.
PS, if you missed our social media pregnancy announcement, check out these cute avocados. D’awwww.
Honestly, I was a bit terrified to try these once they were ready. I didn’t like knowing what was in them. But OHMIGOSH they’re so good! Seriously, you’d never know what was hiding in these bad boys, especially if you dress ‘em up with some strawberries and chocolate syrup or icing sugar. Yum.
⅔ cup veggie puree
1 cup peanut or almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp ground flax
¼ cup oat flour (use certified GF oats, or sub almond or coconut flour)
⅔ cup sugar
⅓ cup cacao powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Steam and puree veggies of choice. I used carrots and cauliflower as they’re what I had on hand; sweet potato would probably work well, and I imagine you could use any kind of squash or maybe zucchini.
Once the veggies are pureed to a smooth consistency, add the nut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup and continue to process until you get a smooth doughy consistency.
Add in dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. Process until smooth.
For more of a gooey and rich brownie, add the chocolate chips in while the mixture is still warm (from the steamed veggies). They will melt into the puree gloriously. If you prefer a brownie with chocolate (and maybe nut) chunks, allow the batter to cool before adding in the chocolate.
Pour into a well-greased baking dish, and bake at 325*F for 25 minutes. They will look underdone! Allow to cool and set completely before cutting and serving. Best stored in the fridge and eaten chilled.
Hope you enjoy them!
Let me know what veggies you used or tweaks you made and I’ll be sure to give you a shout-out.
Until next time,
Devon BA, CHNC