School Snacks: Spinach Brownies

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My version of Spinach Brownie’s was inspired by Jessica Seinfelds recipe in her cookbook Deceptively Delicious.  I added a few vegetable twists, some whole wheat and flax and a few chocolate chips to make these my kids favourite school snack.

Next time you have too much baby spinach to use in salads throw it in a large pan with a tiny bit of water and cook down, puree and store in the freezer in ½ cup measurements in small snack bags. I puree many different vegetables so I always have some added nutrients on hand to add to soups, stews, mac n cheese and baking.

I honestly can’t taste any spinach in these brownies. Keep in mind that these are denser than traditional brownies as they don’t really rise, but they are definitely chocolatey.  Chocolate chips give them an even bigger chocolate hit, and a little frosting on top never hurt either!

Spinach Brownies

Nonstick cooking spray
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup pureed carrots or cauliflower
1/2 cup pureed spinach (steam/boil down 4-6 cups baby spinach)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp margarine or butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp oatbran
1 tsp flax (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil, butter, flour an 8inch square or round pan OR use a silicon baking dish – the brownies will literally fall right out. No need to butter, oil or flour with silicon.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over low heat. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and stir until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.| Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, oatbran, flax, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool completely in the pan before cutting. I frost them and store in the freezer so on school mornings when the kids are making their own lunches they pack a couple in their lunch bags and they are de frosted by their first break.