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These healthy pumpkin brownies are the perfect fall dessert. Pumpkin puree makes these gluten free chocolate pumpkin brownies so rich and tender.
I have a weakness for brownies. When we’re looking for comfort food in my house, we often turn to a tray of brownies.
Pumpkin has a way of working magic with the texture of baked goods. It produces just the right amount of moisture, and the result is dense and tender at the same time. These healthy pumpkin brownies don’t taste like pumpkin, but the pumpkin does have a big impact on the texture.
Healthy Pumpkin Brownie Tips
Chocolate pumpkin brownies can be made using canned or homemade pumpkin puree. If you’re making the puree from scratch, make sure it’s cooled to room temperature before adding it to the batter.
It helps to use an electric mixer to evenly mix all the ingredients in this recipe. If you mix it by hand instead, make sure to mix it well so that the pumpkin is fully incorporated into the batter.
For the dark chocolate, I like to use allergy-friendly semi-sweet chocolate chips. And kind of dark chocolate or baking chocolate will do here, though.
To keep these healthy pumpkin brownies nice and fudgy, you may want to err on the side of under-cooking them. They take about 25 to 30 minutes to cook. If they’re still a bit shiny on top in the center, but they’re set around the edges, that’s a good time to take them out of the oven.
Healthy Pumpkin Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir to combine well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Transfer the batter to the baking pan.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they’re set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with little bits of brownie stuck to it. The top of the brownies should still be a bit shiny in the center of the pan.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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This recipe costs a total of $7.86 to make, or $.52 per serving. Try these healthy pumpkin brownies for a delicious fall treat.
Note: This post was originally published in 2014, and it was updated in 2019.