Stepped up my hidden fruit & veggie efforts this week. Spinach brownies from Deceptively Delicious were a win. Oatmeal with a hidden spoonful of applesauce worked too. Green eggs were a big fat fail. Two out of three ain't bad, right? Tho I'm gonna keep refining the brownie recipe because the texture is a little too rubbery for me. As I make this stuff (like last week's carrot cake) I realize I'm not interested in making health food. I just want to make food that's healthy. So I'm all for incorporating good stuff in my recipes but I don't want to cut out all the fat and sugar. I think if B. has brownies, they should be rich and special. Not just a casual snack. And that's my 2 cents.
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup apple sauce (the cookbook called for carrot puree but I didn't have any)
1/2 cup spinach puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons margarine (I swapped and used butter)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350. Coat an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray (I used parchment paper instead). Melt the chocolate with the butter over very low heat. In a large bowl combine the melted chocolate & butter with the spinach and apple puree, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla, whisk until smooth and creamy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt with a spoon. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Seinfeld has a great tip, saying not to serve the brownies warm because the spinach flavor disappears once they're cool.