Chocolate Brownies

I hesitated for a moment to put up a brownie recipe because I try to focus on dishes that are healthy for kids, but I'm also all about moderation in eating and not depriving kids of sweets if they are made as healthfully as possible. Plus, these brownies are so delicious, I just couldn't help myself.

In my opinion, getting your kids cooking and having them associate the kitchen with fun is important in inspiring them to eat well, and if there's one thing Kenya and I had making these brown-wees together, it's fun. Besides trying to keep him from dipping his finger in the batter for "just one taste" several times, Kenya loved helping me out with almost every step of the process. But he loved eating them even more!

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Chocolate Brownies (Makes 15 Brownie squares)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine first 3 dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.

3. Combine all wet ingredients (agave, egg, vanilla and vegetable oil) in a separate bowl.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine (if you are adding walnuts, incorporate them here as well).

5. Spread the batter into a buttered or greased 8 x 8 inch pan.

6. Bake for 25 minutes.

7. Cool, cut into squares and serve.



To make these egg-free: Substitute the egg with 1 Tbsp of Ground Flaxseed combined with 3 Tbsp of water.

Accompaniments

Chopped Walnuts

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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10 comments

  • Jules

    I make my brownies healthy by adding some very very finely shredded zucchini or substituting the oil with applesauce. My kids don't know the difference!

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    • Catherine

      That sounds amazing, i have to give it a try!

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  • Sharee

    I've heard success with using spinach in brownie recipes too :)

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  • Robin

    I was wondering what the cooking time would be if you were to bake them in mini muffin pans? Thanks!

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  • Paula Richardson

    Blueberries are surprisingly yummy in brownies also!

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  • Jen Swayne

    I use a can of black beans, pureed, for added fiber and protein. It changes the texture a bit, but no complaints from the kids, still taste chocolatey and delicious!

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    My son wanted to take brownies to daycare for his 5th birthday party, so we made these together. The kids (ages 1-5) enjoyed them, but all the adults agreed there was a \"definitely different\" texture and taste compared to most brownie recipes made with sugar.

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  • Diana

    I just made these; they came out of the oven 15 minutes ago. They are very delicious and I love the texture. I didn't have agave, and I didn't have 3/4 cup honey, so I did half honey, half sugar, and added some almond milk. It turned out great! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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  • Stephanie

    Just tried these and used a little sugar (1/4 c, then 1/2 c. honey) and added a whole mashed banana. Used coconut oil spray to grease the pan and I think they have a nice \"tropical\" taste in addition to the chocolate. It was super easy and very tasty!

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  • Luiza

    I looked for a brownie-like recipe to use up some raw honey my daughter didn't like to eat on bread, and found this one. I used some good extra-virgin olive oil because that's the only fat I had on hand. The result had a definite olive oil aroma, and was not very sweet, but my daughter loved it. Then I did a search on olive oil brownies and discovered it's actually a thing. I can see why, I thought it was a very "adult" taste. Thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely make it again!

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