Spinach brownies might sounds like an oxymoron, but they’re a healthy and delicious dessert the whole family will love! This veggie brownies recipe is packed with chocolate and spinach to make for a super kid friendly snack that’s still healthy. Hidden veggie desserts are a great way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies without stressing about convincing them to take a bite. Your picky child won’t even know this spinach dessert is good for them!
Sometimes I concoct a recipe and even I think it sounds plain wrong.
Part of the fun in creating hidden veggie recipes is that I’m constantly in a position to take things my kids love and turn it into something I can feel really, really good about. Because my picky eaters have no idea they’re actually eating chocolate covered vegetables.
This particular recipe came to fruition when we experienced our first snow storm of the season. Mid November we were expecting 8-10 inches of snow, which equated to momma being locked indoors with two stir crazy boys for two full days and basically losing my mind.
God bless my husband, who always keeps an eye on the weather (unlike yours truly) and reminded me I should stock the house for a few days of food and activities. Since baking with kids is always one of my favorite tasks, I set to grabbing what I needed for a few different recipes to both warm the house and keep them occupied. But then I realized I didn’t want to be stuck indoors with 2 sugar high kids and.. well, spinach brownies were born. (we also made these healthy sweet potato muffins as a warm breakfast which they loved as well!)
Spinach brownies blend the best of two worlds – a fudgy, chocolatey brownie and super secret spinach that your kids won’t know is there. I dotted the top of mine with chips and used a dark chocolate chips – Ghiradelli is my favorite – for some antioxidants.
Tips for making spinach brownies
Deceptively simple, these hidden veggie brownies will be even better if you follow these tips.
- This uses spinach puree – just a splash of water and a bag of fresh or frozen, defrosted spinach is all you need to make this! Spinach baby food is also an option and honestly, many stores carry spinach puree in their freezer section these days.
- As with any good brownie, under bake it! Overcooking will make it dry and blech.
- There is a VERY slight scent to these brownies. My kids did NOT notice, but I was looking for it and I smelled it fresh from the oven. I did not smell it once they cooled, and I could not taste it at all.
- The texture of these is a “fudgy cakey” brownie – literally the only way to decribe it. They’re moist and dense, but also more of a cake texture due to the puree.
- They keep well, but since they’re so moist I recommend refrigerating them.
Just like with my hidden veggie breakfast cookies and my healthy donuts with beet puree, this spinach dessert looks like a decadent snack but is packed with fiber, antioxidants, iron, and other vitamins and minerals associated with spinach. It’s the reason I love hidden veggies so much.
Super Sneaky Spinach Brownies
Wow your family with these sneaky spinach brownies. Your kids will gobble them up and you’ll feel great knowing that they just ate a bunch of spinach without a complaint!
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Super Sneaky Spinach Brownies
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips + extra
- 3/4 cup spinach puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350.
Melt butter in a large bowl. Whisk in chocolate until melted completely.
Whisk in butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, cocoa powder, and spinach puree.
Add in flour, salt, and baking powder, mixing gently until just incorporated.
Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spread brownie mix into the pan.
Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and bake for 25 minutes. or until the middle looks no longer wet. They will not be totally cooked, but will set and cook through after removing from the oven. DO NOT OVER BAKE or they will be dry!
For more chocolatey goodness, stir in 1/4 cup of chips into the batter when adding flour. Do not over mix, you want the least amount of gluten you can. Take brownies out when they're still a big undercooked to avoid dry brownies.
Okay, so tell me – what are your snow day essentials? Do you like the snow? Let me know in the comments!
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