I watched a re-run of Oprah the other day while I was working out. Jessica Seinfeld (yes, wife of Jerry) was on her show to promote her cookbook- Deceptively Delicious. Because I have a baby on the way and a husband who doesn't necessarily CHOOSE to eat veggies, I thought I would give her recipe for brownies a try. I thought that if Oprah could go ape-shit on eating a brownie, than there's prolly a good chance that it tastes good.
This afternoon while watching a Red Sox game, I gave one to the sweet-toothed husband.
Casey took a bite (begrudgingly) and was said--"Why do these have spinach & carrots in them?"
I had to explain that it's hard for someone like to me to get good stuff in people like him- and it might be hard for our future spawn.
He ate the first square.
"So this is good for me? Can't I just eat spinach and carrots on there own?" (like he would) He needed a little more explanation why I was making something *deceptively delicious*
And then he asked for another one! I think it wouldn't be something he would necessarily BEG me to make. But if it's there, he no-doubt will eat as many as he could before I got mad. I'd like to eat some too!
The brownies are really moist & chewy. I might add a little more sugar next time....or top it with powdered sugar instead of cocoa powder. They definitely taste healthy, but they do satisfy if you NEED something sweet!
Deceptively Delicious Brownies
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam carrots for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
- 2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
- 2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
- 4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large egg whites
- 4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame. (i used a microwave- melted in 10 second increments till fully melted)
3. 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.
4. Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.
Btw- they taste good in the morning with coffee.