Oh how I love fall. The colors, the smells, the crispness in the air. And then there’s pumpkin. Somehow I feel like just about anything tastes better with pumpkin, right? Well maybe not just everything. But there’s something so fabulously fall about the fruit – yes, fruit. Remember the classification reasons? It has seeds …. I digress. Since most of us refer to it as a vegetable, I’ll just go with that;).
I love making a homemade PSL, pumpkin soup and pumpkin custard. So I thought I’d try my luck with pumpkin brownies. I mean, pumpkin and chocolate? Why not?! Plus this way we can rationalize that we’re getting some good stuff along with they yummy.
What I love about these pumpkin brownies is that they are made with all real food. No white sugar here, thank you very much. Instead I sweetened them with maple syrup, an unprocessed sweetener that provides higher levels of potentially beneficial minerals including zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In addition, it’s lower on the glycemic index than regular cane sugar and won’t impact your blood sugar level as greatly as the standard.
These are just glorious right out of the oven. In fact, my kids would’ve finished the whole pan if they had their say! But after making a few batches to get these just right, we’d all had our fair share of pumpkin brownies. Thank goodness tomorrow is a new day.
Try out these lovely pumpkin brownies and let me know what you think. And also let me know what your favorite pumpkin-fied foods are in the comments below.
Tasty brownies punched up with a touch of pumpkin. Seasonal and delicious, and a great way to incorporate some color into a treat!
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour sub 1:1 gluten free flour to make it GF
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9” baking pan.
Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, mix wet ingredients. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet, being careful not to over mix.
Using a spatula, spread brownies into prepared pan. Bake for 24-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry. Let cool before slicing.
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