In the mood for Secret Ingredient Chocolate Brownies

High fibre, low fat, low calorie, sweet treat

I’m not sure I could survive without chocolate brownies. Well, I probably could but I don’t think I’d want to. There’s just something so comforting about a fudgy, chocolately square of brownie goodness isn’t there? And when you make them with my secret ingredient you can be sure that there’ll be no regrets.All the flavour but no regrets…..

The secret ingredient to my secret ingredient brownies is pumpkin. Yep, you read right – pumpkin. It’s an American baking technique that I’ve been dying to try for some time, and so I did. And it SO works.

Adding a little pumpkin puree to your baking gives mucho moisture and fabulous fibre without the pumpkiny taste. Mmmmmmm, moist brownies that are actually good for you; it’s a major bonus in my books. Oh, and they freeze well so make them on the weekend for quick lunchbox prep in the morning.

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Now believe me when I say “there is no pumpkinny taste” because honestly, there is no pumpkinny taste. The pumpkin gives the brownies a lovely fudgy texture and that’s all (well, apart from loads of fibre that you wouldn’t normally get in your average brownie). Usually I’m not a fan of using vegetables in my baking because of either texture or taste but pumpkin seems to be different; it’s a baking revelation for me I can tell you!

Of course it’s easier using pumpkin puree in America as you can just buy a can from the supermarket. I’ve not found cans here, but it’s only one more little step and believe me it’s worth it if you’ve got a sweet tooth but like to keep it healthy. And the kids will NEVER know the difference – mwah ha ha ha!

If you do a lot of baking, make a larger batch of puree to keep in the fridge in an airtight container. I haven’t frozen the puree before but several sources on the trusty internet tell me that it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy and it doesn’t affect the quality. So get pureeing people.


Do you love a brownie as much as I do? Have you had success with using vegetables in sweet dishes? Go on and spill, I really wanna know.

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Secret Ingredient Chocolate Brownie

Per brownie: 682kj (163cals); 4.5g total fat (2.4g saturated fat); 13.3g fibre

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