Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crazy Ingredient Brownies

So you've seen the title "Crazy Ingredient Brownies", and now, you're racking your brain, trying to come up with whatever wacky stuff could be hidden in this:

Beans are not the culprit, that's your first clue.  I'm not sure beans would even qualify as a crazy ingredient these days, when healthy desserts left and right are being made from them.  Truffles, cookies, brownies.  You name it.

But not these brownies.  These brownies have some other weirder ingredients hidden inside.

I'm lousy at keeping secrets, so I'm just gonna go ahead and tell you the slightly less strange ingredient out of the two in this recipe.


Crazy?  Maybe, but it makes for a yummy brownie!

And now,  I shalle reveal what I think is the bizarrest ingreident in these brownies.  It's actually something I've been experimenting with a lot lately, and I've seen a couple (sweet) recipes floating around that use it.  Can you guess what it is yet?


That's right, that white and somewhat bland veggie is hiding in these delicious chocolate treats.  All the more reason to try them, right?'

Crazy Ingredient Brownies
(makes 8 brownies)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffe
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower, thawed
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.  Whisk together all ingredients through salt (cocoa, sugar, flour, bakign powder and soda, and salt) in medium bowl.  In a small bowl, combine flax and water, and set aside.  Place cauliflower and quick oats in food processor and process until broken down into small chunks.  Add blueberries to food processor and process until blueberries are well broken down.  Add in flax mixture and vanilla, and process one more time until all combined.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix as best you can.  Gentily mix in milk, and then stir to combine.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Scoop batter into greased loaf pan and bake 30 minutes.  Once done, remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes.  Then flip brownies onto cloth, and out of pan.  Let cool a couple more minutes on cloth, before slicing.  Refridgerate until serving time, with the side that was face-up in the oven, down.

Everyone deserves a brownie.  Make yourself some craaaaaazy ones, and then indulge without the guilt.

Because, honestly, isn't it everyones lifelong dream to eat a fruit and veggie in a chocolate dessert?

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  1. Sounds very interesting. But is there a reason why the cauliflower is frozen? Can you use fresh? Gotta try this one and serve to my unsuspecting co-workers and family, yeah!

    1. Glad to hear you're willing to give the craziness a try, Petra!

      The only reason the cauliflower is frozen in because it's easier to always have on hand (you never know when a brownie craving will strike!) Using fresh should work totally fine as long as you don't cook it.

      Please be sure to tell me what your family and co-workers (and of course you) think if you end uo making the brownies!

  2. WOAH! Cauliflower! How cool are these!? Totally pinning it and I can't wait to trick some people with them!

    1. Tell me what you think if you try them! I love sneaking veggies into desserts

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