Prep 15 mins
Cook 28 mins
My favourite bedtime snack! Tastes best when warmed in a 375F oven for 20 minutes before eating. Don't overbake!
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1⁄4 cup Splenda granular
- 1⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (or any flavouring of your choice)
- 3⁄4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1⁄3 cup cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- hot water or coffee
- Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray an 8 x 8 baking pan.
- Mix pumpkin, Splenda, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the pumpkin mixture.
- Mix until just combined, adding boiling water if required.
- Spread in prepared pan and bake 28 minutes, until center is firm.
- Cool completely before slicing.
These didn't end up being to my taste so I'm just posting an informational review.
First try, I used cloves and 1/2 cup boiling water. I baked them 20 minutes because my oven was running hot, close to 400F when I checked. They didn't rise and had a crackled top. Unfortunately the 1 tsp ground cloves made it inedible...it numbed my tongue.
Second try, 350F, used glass 8x8, 3/4 cup Splenda, no optional spice and 1 cup boiling water. Baked 35 minutes. They rose twice the size with the extra water. They tasted primarily of unsweetened pumpkin and not of chocolate so they were just too healthy for me and didn't satisfy my chocolate craving.
These did not work for me but to be fair I won't rate them. A few mistakes I know I made... added more cocoa powder and did not add boiling water because I thought they spread well enough. They did not bake smooth though and the water would have helped. I also used real sugar but doubt that would make a difference. What I didn't like: the whole wheat was noticeable even though I used pastry flour. Now I know that for me brownies will have to contain at least a little white flour! I am not vegan and my main reason for choosing this was to use up some pumpkin so I don't see a reason to attempt it again.
These were pretty good and worked surprisingly well.