Pumpkin Brownies

October 27, 2014

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Snacks

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I’m always looking for new ways to make brownies healthy. I mean, isn’t it the best when you can have chocolate and call it healthy? Brilliant, right?  So now that we’re in the midst of pumpkin mania, I realized I hadn’t yet done a pumpkin brownie.

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I have dabbled in the black bean brownies, and my best recipe for that are the Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies.

Personally, I don’t detect the pumpkin in these, as I went heavy on the cocoa powder. So to me, they’re just a dense and fudgey low fat brownie.

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In this recipe, I used a stevia baking blend I haven’t worked with before, the Truvia Baking Blend, and it worked great in this recipe. I’ve used their packets numerous times, especially in recipes that need something more granular. Since the baking blend is new to Canada, the kind people at Truvia are also offering up a giveaway to my readers.

I think the sweetness is just right, and these could have been done with no additional chocolate on top. But for me having the sweet tooth that I do, I couldn’t resist adding a bit of stevia chocolate chips! If you don’t have those, you could use regular semi sweet chocolate chips, or skip them altogether.

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After calculating the nutrition, I happily realized, that somehow I could justify having these for breakfast! I almost called them pumpkin breakfast brownies, but perhaps, that was just a bit of wishful thinking? I had them for breakfast anyway, with a pumpkin spiced coffee….and, it was heavenly!

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Pumpkin Brownies
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Rich and fudgey brownies. Made with pumpkin, cocoa powder and stevia.
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16 squares
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¾ cup whey protein, chocolate (I used 86 grams of Jamie's Lean Body For Her Whey Protein) *
  • 1½ cups pumpkin, canned
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • ¾ cup stevia for baking (I used Truvia Baking Blend)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
For the Topping
  • ¼ cup stevia chocolate chips (I used Krisda stevia chocolate chips, Lily's stevia chips are another option)
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the egg, egg whites and stevia and mix until fluffy.
  3. Add in the pumpkin, cocoa powder and almond milk, and mix until it resembled a pudding of sorts.
  4. Next add the oat flour and whey protein and mix until well combined with no lumps.
  5. Lightly mist a 8x8 or 9x9 oven proof pan or dish. Pour the brownie mixture in, and smooth it out so its even.
  6. Bake for approx. 25 minutes until its cooked through. It will still appear a bit wet, and a toothpick won't come clean.
  7. When the brownies come out of the oven, immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Set it aside for 3-4 minutes, then with a knife, spread the melted chocolate all over the brownies.
  8. Allow to cool, and cut into 16 squares.
  9. Keep stored in the fridge in a sealed container and consume within 4-5 days. Can also be frozen, but will need to be thawed before eating.
* If you prefer not to use whey protein, you can add an extra ¾ cup oat flour. It works in most recipes to do this, I just haven't tried it myself.
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 103 Fat: 3.2 g Saturated fat: 1.7 g Carbs: 20 g Sugar: 5.7 g Sodium: 63 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 6 g


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  • lizabeth pniower

    I saw you on Roku and you were talking about using apple sauce in place of sugar but you never said what the trade off was as far amounts. 1/3 cup of sugar for 1/3 cup of apple sauce?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I’m not sure what Roku is so not sure if that was me? But anyhow, I actually use applesauce to replace some of the fat in the recipe as I find it doesn’t add much sweetness. I prefer using stevia or xylitol to replace the sugar. With a baking stevia you can replace it cup for cup with sugar.

  • Tara

    I have never baked with Stevia, I have only used it in greek yogurt, but I am trying to lower my sugar intake so I can’t wait to try some of your recipes – including this one. I have made a lot of your recipes that don’t require stevia but I agree with your take on sugar so I want to try more of your baked good recipes. This prize pack would certainly help with that! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Missie McLagan

    yes with black beans and avocados

  • Audra

    I made brownies once with black beans years ago using a south beach diet recipe..they were awful..we ended up throwing them away :/

  • Becca Ferguson

    I have made brownies with beans before, but not pumpkin.

  • Marcy

    No, my go to brownie recipe has no grains and is choc full of dark chocolate powder and PB but these are next!!

  • grannyhoff

    No, I haven’t.

  • jajobray

    I have tried brownies with beans and some with zucchini before. I adore the zucchini ones. Now, I need to try this one, but not tell my husband as he doesn’t like pumpkin. Let’s see if he can figure it out.

  • Jess

    I haven’t made brownies with pumpkins or beans!

  • Erica

    I make black bean brownies which people – even healthy food haters – fall in love with! I would love to try making brownies with pumpkin.

  • Carime Lane

    These brownies are amazing! Really quick to make, although I had to extend the cooking time by about 10 min. Nice, fudgey texture – hard to believe they’re healthy. 🙂

  • andi

    I have never made these before, but they look good!

  • Mollie Mallon

    These brownies look amazing! I have never are brownies with pumpkin…only with black beans…and those turned out good…but I am excited to try them with pumpkin now too!

  • Nat

    Pumpkin, chocolate and gluten-free, oh I’m in heaven 🙂

  • Kim

    I haven’t made pumpkin brownies, but I think I will definitely need to!

  • Maureen

    I have made black bean brownies but not ones with pumpkin, I think they would be delicious together

  • Carime Lane

    I have tried the brownies with beans once, I think. I’m going to run out and try this one with pumpkin though.

  • Marisa

    pumkin brownies sound so amazing and with black beans to boot!! awesome!

  • emily__lynn

    I’ve never made brownies with beans, but these look delicious!

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