Deceptively Delicious Brownies

from the recipe...

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!


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mixing the flour in

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 8×8-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.

i love edges- who doesn't?

Btw- they taste good in the morning with coffee.

  • Melisser

    Ooh, weird! I could totally veganize these.

  • Tracy

    yes yes! just the eggs- I was reading on the ‘net that a lot of people subsitituted beets for the carrots & spinach. I think that would make them yummy too! Good luck my dear! xoxoxo

  • Patricia Scarpin

    I have never seen anything like these brownies.

  • Tracy

    it seems a bit odd doesn’t it Patricia? I know a lot of vegan food relies on fruits & veggie purees to mimic the texture of animal products. It’s a nice way of getting a dose of goodness in something that’s usually not so good for you 😉

  • ELK

    I will try these as I have a teenage daughter who tries hard to eat veggies but teens also LIVE for brownies…Tracy tuck this one away for future use on your teen …yes it happens fast!

  • Tracy

    I can’t believe Im gonna have a teenager one day! yikes!

  • paresh

    nice recipe, thanks for sharing.

  • jen

    BLATS are definitely one of my most favorite!
    Also I can’t wait to try those deceptive brownies. yummy!

  • reya

    Oh Tracy, there is way to much food goodness in this post here! Can’t you post your recipe for the mocktail pretty please? I’m salivating at just the sight of it!

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