Fudgy Squash Brownies – Hide Your Veggies!

Fudgy Squash Brownies have it all. They are chocolatey and rich, packed with fiber, have a smooth texture, and are a classic chocolate dessert.

 

You may be asking yourself, “What in the world are Squash Brownies?!” Well the name has everything to do with their main ingredient, squash! Yes, the main ingredient is winter squash. This could include butternut squash, pumpkin, hubbard squash, you name it! Brownies made with squash are crazy delicious.

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That’s right, brownies made with squash. This recipe was initially created in an effort to help moms inconspicuously feed their kids more vegetables. Whether that’s your goal or not, trust me when I say that you’ll actually be publicizing the fact that there are vegetables in them. Plus you’ll want them all to yourself!

 

Don’t be afraid of this hide-your-veggies dessert. Try it and I promise you’ll love it!

 

Fudgy Squash Brownies are guilt-free and delicious for multiple reasons. By adding squash, you increase fiber and give the brownies that extra fudgy texture. Whole wheat flour and olive oil are great substitutes for otherwise processed white flour and vegetable oil. To get the chocolatey flavor that we’re all looking for, I use dark chocolate chips.

Squares of fudgy squash brownies with veggies

You can’t beat those ingredients in a dessert. They are healthful and each one brings it’s own special  personality to these brownies with vegetables.

I typically like to use frozen pureed squash in this recipe. It’s just easy. I grab a package in the freezer section and let it thaw. However, you can also use canned squash or pumpkin, or even mashed sweet potatoes—whatever is easiest for you. When it’s fall and squash season is at hand, this veggie brownie recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover cooked squash or sweet potato. Try it!

Ingredients you’ll need for Squash Brownies:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup cooked winter squash
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Bake these brownies in an 8-inch square baking dish or pan. Line the inside with parchment paper if you want to lift the brownies out before cutting them. If they last that long, you may just eat them out of the pan!

With 3 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of saturated fat in each square (not to mention the delicious flavor and texture), you’ll find yourself making these healthy brownies often. I will admit, adding the chocolate chips is an added bonus. They give you that melty chocolate in each bite, but just enough and not too much!

 

Fudgy Squash Brownies made with vegetables, whole wheat flour and olive oil and healthful and super delicious!

 

If you’re looking for other healthy dessert options, make sure to check out these great Tara Teaspoon recipes.

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Fudgy Squash Brownies
Work Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Fudgy Squash Brownies have it all. They are chocolatey and rich, packed with fiber, have a smooth texture, and are a classic chocolate dessert.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudgey brownies, squash brownies
Yield: 12 Servings
Calories: 199 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • cups dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup frozen cooked winter squash thawed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together egg, egg white brown sugar, winter squash, olive oil and vanilla extract. Add cocoa powder, whole-wheat flour, salt and chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  2. Pour batter into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350ºF until brownies spring back to the touch, 23 to 25 minutes.
  3. Cool, then dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Recipe Notes

•It's a challenge to come up with a nutritious and delicious brownie. Each square has nearly 3 grams of fiber (thanks to whole-wheat flour) and just 2 grams of saturated fat (thanks to olive oil). The magic ingredient? Squash, to make it moist and rich. Done and done!

•I use frozen pureed squash in this recipe, but you can swap that for canned pumpkin puree or squash, or mashed sweet potatoes!

Nutrition Facts
Fudgy Squash Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Potassium 228mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 25g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 31.8%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe & Foodstyling by Khalil Hymore: For LHJ, originally published 02/11. Photography Peter Ardito

 

Fudgy Squash Brownies have it all. They are chocolatey and rich, packed with fiber, have a smooth texture, and are a classic chocolate dessert
Fudgy Squash Brownies have it all. They are chocolatey and rich, packed with fiber, have a smooth texture, and are a classic chocolate dessert

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