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Healthier Kid-Friendly Recipe: Brownies

Healthier Kid-Friendly Recipe: Brownies

When families are eating healthy, well-balanced meals, it is okay to occasionally eat a treat! Try making healthier versions of kid-friendly favorites, such as brownies: 

Recipe: Brownies
Makes 16 servings
These brownies have more protein and fiber with less fat and sugar – you won’t miss it!


  • ¾ cup cooked black beans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute (or use half of each)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a blender, puree the beans with the oil and applesauce. Add eggs, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  3. Melt ¼ cup of the chocolate chips in microwave (put in microwave safe dish and microwave on high for approximately one minute). Add to blender.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; add to blender and pulse until just mixed together. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
  5.  Pour into prepared pan. Bake until the surface looks ‘matte’ around edges and still a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 126 calories, 3 gm protein, 18 gm carbohydrates, 5 gm fat, 3 gm fiber, 40 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium.

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