Vegan Chocolate Brownies? Yes, Please!

Sometimes, only a decadent chocolate fix will do; that's where these brownies come into play. While they're not exactly guilt-free, nutritionist Cynthia Sass created these vegan spinach brownies to help you add a few nutrients to your dessert. Mixing in almond flour increases the protein and healthy fat content, and the secret ingredient, spinach, adds antioxidants (also found in the dark chocolate chips), iron, vitamin A, calcium, and other nutrients, as well.

Since these vegan brownies taste just as delicious as a traditional brownie, they'll be a hit with anyone and everyone. Get ready to bake!

Vegan Spinach Brownies

Serves: 20

Ingredients:
1 cup organic whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup almond flour
2 cups organic raw sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1- to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups raw spinach
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. Place wet ingredients and spinach in a blender and blend until liquid. Slowly fold wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Check to see if brownies are ready by poking a toothpick in the center; it should come out clean.

Nutrition score per serving (1 brownie): 222 calories, 12.3g fat (2.3g saturated), 29.6g carbs, 2.1g protein, 2.3g fiber, 356mg sodium

Photo credit: Leta Shy

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