Healthy Pumpkin Brownies

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies recipe made with coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup or honey, and whole wheat flour. | ifoodreal.com

I am such an idiot. The other day while whisking these healthy pumpkin brownies I kept thinking how much I am obsessed with dark chocolate. And how much I love to photograph dark chocolate. So, I took like 50 shots of falling batter, pouring batter and cute little chocolate chips. Just to delete them all the next day. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah…

I also lost a bottle of avocado oil somewhere between Costco and home. Who loses food while driving?! Me! We might find it 6 months later in a trunk somewhere where the spare tire kit is.

So, I have been totally brain dead lately. Do I need to mention that I am married to a real male and am running this show mostly solo?! We won’t go into the details because you know what I am talking about. You do, right?! Please tell me I am in this not by myself, right?!

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Healthy Pumpkin Brownies recipe made with coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup or honey, and whole wheat flour. | ifoodreal.com

At hard times I turn to wine, chocolate, sleep and workouts. And a self-talk. That life without Alex is not a life. That I knew what I was getting into. That he never cooked or planned anything before so it is not like he suddenly stopped and became this weirdo. No. I signed up for all of this myself back in 2005. So… Love, patience and chocolate. And wine. I love my Alex. I do. I just wish I could share a half of my brain with Alex.

So. The idea for these healthy pumpkin brownies emerged from muffins. I have been baking a lot of muffins because I have this constantly hungry 10 year old hockey player. Food on the go is a hot commodity in our house.

These coconut oil chocolate brownies used to be muffins with more flour and applesauce. Muffins turned out great and super moist. The next day they were brownie muffins. Cool. With a few science formulas I have arrived to an ultra-moist fudge brownie!

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies recipe made with coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup or honey, and whole wheat flour. | ifoodreal.com

You can eat pumpkin brownies cold or hot. Above are stacks of exactly same brownies made with coconut oil, pumpkin puree, chocolate chips, cacao powder and maple syrup. From the same batch.

On the right are cold brownies straight from the fridge. They taste like chocolate truffles. You know those big boxes of buttery gnome hat like shape truffles from Costco?! I used to eat them by lbs in previous life. Those and brandy filled chocolates. That is all I would eat studying for midterms at university. And then smoke in between. I don’t think I need to explain I didn’t cook much in my early 20s or lead a healthy lifestyle. Um, no.

So, my cold pumpkin brownies taste exactly the same as truffles but loaded with healthy fats and complex carbs.

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies recipe made with coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup or honey, and whole wheat flour. | ifoodreal.com

See these greenish pockets? That is solid coconut oil coloured by pumpkin puree. Yum!

Then there are these warmed up in the oven brownies studded with more sugary chocolate chips and drizzled with kids’ organic chocolate syrup. Because why wouldn’t I try my absolutely hardest to make you eat these pumpkin brownies with me all weekend, right?! Let’s get fat together so I won’t cry by myself. No, we won’t get fat, I promise. I even lost weight at an all-inclusive resort during our adult vacation in Los Cabos because tons of healthy food options and crazy hard beach walks. I seriously need to go to Mexico for like much longer than a week. I would be tanned, skinny and toned. How do we get rich?

And in case you are not a pumpkin fan, I have a bazillion of other brownie recipes: healthy peanut butter brownies, vegan protein brownies, no bake black bean brownieshealthy zucchini brownies and black bean brownies recipe.

I foresee a few thoughts humming in some of your brains.

Why pumpkin? Because it makes baked goods extra moist without extra eggs or oil.

Do these brownies taste like pumpkin? I asked my kids and the said “no”. At certain point I lost any sensation in my mouth. kids said my brownies are just OK and do not taste like pumpkin. I still added pumpkin pie spice because why not extra healthy spices, right?! And kids know nothing about brownies.

Can you use any other flour besides whole wheat? Um, I don’t know. I haven’t tried but I see that question popping up below no matter what I say here now. And that is cool. All cool.

I’m gonna try to chillax this weekend. We are promised a series of power knocking out windstorms which I am completely not taking seriously because I have a gas stove. I am making a slow cooker deer stew tonight and a 20 bean legume mix soup with mushrooms tomorrow. Curious about the soup because I am not even aware of 20 kinds of beans and legumes.

Have a great weekend!

Recipe

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 8" x 8" baking dish with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium pot, add coconut oil and 1/2 cup chocolate chips; melt on low heat, whisking constantly.
  3. Turn off heat and add cacao powder, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and salt; whisk until smooth. Add flour and whisk until well combined. Add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and give a few stirs.
  4. Pour into previously prepared baking dish, smooth with a spatula and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few hours. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy warm if you like brownies cakey moist or cold for extra fudgy experience.
  5. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*I have not tested these pumpkin brownies with any other flour so can't recommend on substitutes.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving = 1 brownie:
Calories: 189.3
Total Fat: 11.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 74.8 mg
Total Carbs: 21.2 g
Sugars: 14.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 1.1 g
WW Points+: 5

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10 comments on “Healthy Pumpkin Brownies

  1. Wow – your husbands actually enter the kitchen??!! Mine comes home, starts up the tv full blast and demands food, water, meds, and his work schedule printed off the computer and handed to him before his butt hits the couch and remains there for the rest of the evening. And beware any room that he enters! Total chaos!! Incredible. I envy any woman that has a helping hubby. So these pumpkin brownies – going to reward myself with them as he can’t have chocolate. Sucks to be him. Thanks for sharing the recipe Olena!

    1. 🙂 Alex is a very helping Jewish husband! I would go nuts without him and my schedule. At the end of the day, this is his house and his kids just like mine, so gotta contribute your share. I always tell them all I’m not their maid. I hope brownies will sweeten your life a bit.:)

  2. Dear Olena,
    I can’t wait to make these. I already have some experience with vegan brownies but these ones just seem awesome. I’m going to use canned pumpkin and eventually sugar instead of maple syrup. It will be less “clean” that way but maple syrup is not that common in Serbia. 😉 Do you have a suggestion on how to use sugar or honey instead?
    Thank you! 🙂 Greetings from Belgrade

    1. Hi Milena. You can substitute maple syrup with honey 1:1. Because sugar is a dry sweetener, I can’t say how much of it you need. I don’t think it would throw off the consistency of the recipe because it is pretty forgiving since it freezes, but you can add slowly to taste. Happy Holidays!

  3. Oh yum! They look incredibly delicious. I think I need to make them soon… I love reading your blog posts! I check them daily because I don’t want to miss anything…

  4. Haha, Olena! You are so not alone with solo running the show! I am amazed when I look around in the grocery and see men with a gaggle of young children and a shopping list. Or in the shoe store trying shoes in a toddler or taking them in for checkups at the doctor. Such miracles never happened here. And when it comes to cooking, my husband is proud of himself for peeling a hard boiled egg and dipping it into sweet heat for a snack while waiting his dinner, lol!

    On to the brownies. Pumpkin packs so much fiber and vitamin A that I can hardly say no trying your intriguing recipe! These are just the thing to keep me out of the junk the neighborhood kids expect Halloween when they come to Trick or Treat. I love a good plan.

    1. Right?! I think men in stores with kids either work shifts or their wives work. Alex met another dad from hockey and he was sharing how he went and bought his son new skates the same size as old ones. And of course Alex even didn’t remember this guy’s name. I’m not sure men can buy even right size shoes. Aren’t they all the same?!
      Yes, Alex always hangs out with me in the kitchen when I cook blabbing about his day, waiting for dinner and then telling me he always “cooks” with me. Yes. Too painfully familiar. And you raised 4 kids. I can do only 2, that’s it. Sigh.
      Perfect. I have a stash now too. I need a week break from my pumpkin brownies and then I will be good as new haha. Let me know once you make them. xoxo

  5. You are not alone! At least there are the two of us with our real men. Sob! I dearly love mine, but his only job is his job. Everything else is me. Like Alex, he cooks sometimes. BUT that means I clean, and believe me sometimes it’s not worth it. I cannot believe such a mess is possible with one meal. Being a mom is thankless and hard and the only ones who really get it are other moms. Good thing you fuel yourself with good food and a bit of wine. We need all the help we can get!

    1. YES! I don’t understand how a sparking clean kitchen can become an explosion after one meal without any leftovers. I can use kitchen for a week without any marks. But when Alex enters the kitchen I have to wipe off top cupboards from oily prints, bottom from streaks, windows from splashes and dry the floor. And that is after he “cleaned up”. Me and my mom often talk about it. Like honest disbelief how is it possible. Her husband is exactly the same. She holds her breath when he says he will make himself a dinner lol. I know many times this “help” is just not worth it at all. Sigh. My husband manages 6 people at work successfully and at home he can’t even manage himself. So true women are from Venus and men are from Mars.:)
      Thank you for understanding me. Means so much!!!

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