Hidden Spinach Brownies (wheat-free)
Who doesn’t love Chocolate Brownies?
What they don’t know is there is no flour in these brownies so they are not carb heavy and it is loaded with protein. Plenty of good fats to keep their brains healthy and lots of fiber to keep things moving. Did I mention they are delectable? I couldn’t even photograph without eating the bite on the fork!
My son is always asking for chocolate. When he had eaten half the pan over a couple days I finally told him what was in it – spinach. He said “where?” uh huh, gotcha!
These brownies have a soft cake like feel when warm but when cold are more dense and fudge like. We like them both ways. I think they are great for lunch boxes because they are so healthy but also because they travel well and taste great cold or warm. You know they were happy to find spinach brownies in their lunchbox today!
Notes: To make them fudgy instead of cakey reduce eggs from 5 down to 2 eggs and then add 1/4 cup water. Reducing eggs in any brownie recipe that is too cakey will make them fudgy. If you don’t eat eggs, replace each egg with 3/4 T flax/chia seed meal and 1.5 T water. Flax and chia seed meal both act as binders similar to eggs in baked goods.
You can also change up your Hidden Vegetables.
I have also made these with pumpkin puree instead of spinach just lower the amount to 1 1/2 cups.
Instead of almond flour you can use ground pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, or a mix of your favorites. Or do what I do, use up whatever is in the kitchen! You don’t have to buy prepared flour, you can throw it in the food processor until it is a fine powder.
You can also bake them in a muffin pan. Brownies muffins? How can you go wrong with that? Add some peanut butter chips and you will be someone’s favorite cook for a while!