Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook. There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂
Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).
CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN BROWNIES
2 cups (approx) cooked and pureed pumpkin *see notes
2 cups flour
1, 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3 tsp baking powder
1,1/2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
Add pumpkin and egg and stir until properly combined.
Pour mixture into a lined brownie tray and bake in a moderate oven for 20 mins or until cooked through.
*I cooked 500g of butternut pumpkin to get my 2 cups of puree
*I have made this with white wheat flour and wholemeal spelt flour and both worked well, although the wholemeal flour ones were a little bit dryer (as is most w/m baked goods)
*I used coconut sugar, but I think any sugar would work well
*vegan option: I have made this egg free also, by using a flax egg (1 tsp flax meal mixed with 1 tbs water)
If you like hiding vegetables in your kids sweet treats, check out some of my other recipes:
Now, onto this week’s meal plan…
Once again, I am already thinking about the week ahead, we have quite a few after school activities this week, piano concert, dentist appointments and whatever else pops up last minute, so it’s always handy to know exactly what I’m cooking ahead of time. Here is my plan for the coming week, with links to recipes I’m inspired by 🙂
Wednesday: Minestrone soup
Thursday: Beef casserole with rice
Friday: Pies, using Thursday leftovers, plus minestrone soup leftovers
Some of you may wonder why I don’t plan for the weekend. We are usually out over the weekend or eat leftovers if we are home. If we are home without leftovers, we will often cook up some eggs or a toastie. 🙂
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