Saturday, May 28, 2011

For the kids! Choc chia pumpkin brownies!!

I wish I had a picture.

But these are baked, cut and frozen for afternoon treats so as not to tempt me!

You see - we have a pumpkin glut. Blame our chickens for that. I didn't plant the pumpkins. The chicken farmers did!
So I have been experimenting making after school snacks for Miss 6.
That use pumpkin.
And she likes.

Now - in my house pumpkin as a sweet ingredient isn't that unusual. She is used to mummy doing odd things. Like putting zucchini into chocolate cake.

Anyway -the amazing this about this recipe is ... it was GOOD!
And I might serve it to some junk food loving friends and see if they can pick it as healthy!

Anyway ... by popular demand ... the recipe ...

•2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (i used cacao powder! It's full of antioxidants. Its a superfood!)
• 1/2 cup wholemeal flour • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• About 60g butter (unsalted) or the meadow lee "free" spread (again less salt)
• 3/4 cup raw sugar
• 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
• 1 large egg
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chia seeds - about 1/3 cup


Spray a 8" square brownie tin

Preheat oven to 180C

Gently melt butter in microwave (don't burn it!)

Stir cocoa powder into butter

In a separate bowl mix flour, chia seeds, baking powder

Stir in sugar, vanilla, egg and puree

Add in butter and cocoa mix. Stir until well mixed

Pour into tin.

Bake approx 20min

Cool before cutting


Now this is for the kids people. Exercise your willpower muscle!!

Yes it is a treat - but by baking it we talk about all the good things in it.And the bad things in commercial/bakery food. And I think that's ok. It's education.

Oh and if you cut it into 12 it's about 170Cal a serve. Fine for my active little healthy girl.

Let me know if these recipes are useful (and not too much temptation!)

If you are brave I have a wholemeal pumpkin sultana cake/muffin I can share with you tomorrow!


  1. Sounds yummy! Is it wrong that I am tempted to work out what the calorie count would be with Natvia instead of sugar? :)

  2. I'm tempted to find a bottomless pumpkin pie recipe. I'm sure I have seen one around somewhere.

  3. Nicole O''BrienMay 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Sounds fantastic will definately be trying it with my kids thanks for sharing and bring on more I say!!