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Kid-friendly Brownies with Carrots and Spinach


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup carrot puree
  • 1/2 cup spinach puree
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in egg whites.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.

Puree How-to:
For the carrots: Peel, trim the ends, and cut into 3-inch chunks. Steam for 10 to 12 minutes until very tender. Puree in a food processor or blender for about 2 minutes until smooth, adding a few teaspoons of water, if needed, for a smooth texture.

For the spinach, remove any tough stems. Steam for 30 or 40 seconds, or cook in a skillet with 1 tablespoon water for about 90 seconds until wilted. Puree in a food processor or blender for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.

Recipe adapted from Do It Delicious