Desserts: Cakes, Cookies and Others

Last Editorial Review: 1/8/2008


Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious Brownies

These brownies are low in calories (only 133 per brownie) and saturated fat. They're also packed with 3 grams of fiber (which is just crazy for a brownie!), while spinach and carrots provide two powerful antioxidants.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1⁄2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam carrots for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
  • 1⁄2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
  • 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3⁄4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.

12 brownies

Nutritional Information:
Per brownie: 120 calories, 2 g fiber, 2.5 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 4.4 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 31% of calories from fat.

Recipe from Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld, Harper Collins, 2007. Republished with permission of the publisher.

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