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Vegetables and my toddler are like oil and water. Once he figures out he’s eating a less desirable green piece of food, all bets are off. No more bites.
Exactly the reason I have started sneaking veggies into candy and treats for him.
See, he has no idea he’s eating spinach!
This recipe was found on the Mama’s Weeds blog, with a couple variations.
Here are the ingredients I used in these delicious hidden vegetable brownies. I will make some alterations to the recipe next time, as I didn’t have everything on hand and had to improvise.
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
8 oz bakers or semi-sweet chocolate, melted (I used milk chocolate but next time I’ll use dark.)
1 cup of steamed spinach (the recipe called for puréed spinach and carrots- I didn’t have carrots and I left the spinach whole, used the frozen chopped. The result was chewy chunks in the brownies that he loves!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c flour
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)
I placed the chocolate in a double boiler to melt.
While the chocolate is melting preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients using a hand mixer or stand mixer. I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Throw the thawed chopped spinach into the mix. Once the eight ounces of chips are completely melted, drizzle it slowly into the brownie batter.
Once all the batter mixture is combined, put the mix in a pan. I prefer my 9×9 pampered chef square baker.
Honestly I have no idea how long this baked, because I did a few other things while these brownies were working their magic in the oven. I know when things are about to be done by smell. When the brownies begin to fill the house with a wonderful chocolaty smell, I stick a cake tester in the middle to see if it comes out clean.
Let these brownies cool completely. I’ve fooled my two year old with them but not sure an older kid would be fooled. Next time the spinach will be puréed. And I’ll add carrots. Welcome to my vegetable hiding adventure!
A friend recommended this cookbook Deceptively Delicious which is full of great ways to incorporate vegetables into your child’s foods.
Do you guys have any ways to hide veggies in your kids food? This little picky eater is making me want to stalk Pinterest for the best recipes I can find. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Share with me please!