Vegetables in brownies, it’s a thing

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Need to incorporate more vegetables into your diet but can’t fathom stuffing another carrot into your salad? Why not try adding them into your treats!?

Vegetables add a whole lot of wholesome goodness to what would normally be a not so healthy treat. So when you eat these delicious pieces of yummyness, you don’t have to feel or taste guilt because it contains some goodness!

Hide anything from kale to carrot, and even beetroot in your next brownie and we guarantee you AND your kids won’t even know the gooey difference!

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6 brownies with hidden vegetables

Nutty Black Bean Brownies



High in protein, these brownies will keep you feeling nourished and full due to black beans being incorporated! Sprinkling nuts on top takes these

to the next level.


  • 400 grams canned black beans
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup and maple syrup mixed together
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil you may need up to 1/3 cup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts chopped
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and line a slice tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients except the nuts and choc chips in a food processor until a soft batter forms. Add more oil if you need it.
  3. Add the nuts and choc chips and pulse quickly to mix them through.
  4. Put batter in prepared tray and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
  5. Once cooled, slice into 12 pieces and store in an airtight container.

Beetroot brownies

Source: Shehr Bano‎
Source: Shehr Bano‎

No, these won’t turn out purple. In fact, you won’t even detect beetroot in your first bite into these gooey brownies. The beetroot actually makes this brownie sweeter!

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Fudgey sugar free sweet potato brownies with chocolate icing



Vegan, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free but not taste vegetable free. Sweet potato is a great source of fibre, something you don’t usually get in treats!


  • 500 g cooked sweet potato
  • 24 dried dates soaked in boiling water for 20 mins
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100 g almond meal
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 40 g coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 40 g 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. Cut sweet potato into cubes and steam until soft. Preheat oven to 180C and line a square tin with baking paper.
  2. Soak dates in boiling water for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain and add to food processor.
  3. Once sweet potato has cooked and slightly cooled add to food processor with dates and blend until well combined.
  4. Add in honey, almond meal, coconut oil, salt, coconut flour, cacao powder and blend until well combined.
  5. Spread mixture into the pan and bake for 45 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
  6. Set brownie aside to cool completely and make icing.
  7. Melt dark chocolate and combine with coconut oil and pour over cooled brownie. Cut into 16 pieces.

Healthy Gooey Chocolate Brownies

Healthy Gooey Chocolate Brownies

Perfect for the school lunch box or afternoon snack, these brownies are packed with avocado! Not a vegetable as such but close enough in our eyes! Avocados provide healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and make the brownies decadently creamy.


  • ½ cup dark chocolate melts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 50 g dates Soaked in hot water for 15minutes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup self raising wholemeal flour


  1. Set oven to 180 degrees and line a tin with baking paper
  2. Gently melt chocolate, honey and coconut oil in a pan and set aside to slightly cool
  3. In the meantime blend together the avocado, banana and dates until smooth
  4. Pour the slightly cooled chocolate mix into the banana mix and stir together
  5. Add the flour and stir until combined
  6. Pour into prepared tin and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out mostly clean
  7. Allow to cool then cut into 12 squares – enjoy!

Zucchini brownies

Healthy Zucchini Brownies

At first you may think, yuck zucchini in brownies but you WILL change your mind once you try these gooey squares. They taste like a full chocolate brownie but without the calories due to zucchinis low calorie factor. Winning!

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Protein packed black bean chocolate brownies



High in fibre, folate, protein, magnesium and antioxidants, who knew brownies could be so healthily versatile?


  • 425 grams tinned black beans salt reduced if possible
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp wholemeal self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark choc chips


  1. Drain and rinse the black beans well.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor
  3. Pour batter into a square tin lined with baking paper
  4. Bake for 30-40 min at 200C
  5. Once cooled, cut into 9 pieces
  6. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

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