Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Eat&BeMerry: Valentine's brownies

This is a variation on have your cake and eat it too -- brownies that contain carrots and spinach, but with such finesse, no one will notice they're eating their veggies.

Makes twelve

Nonstick cooking spray
3 oz. semisweet 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. Coat an 8-by-8 baking pan with cooking spray. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame. In a large bowl, combine 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.

—Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious

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