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Sneaky Brownies* (with carrot puree!)

*adapted from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld)

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I have to admit that I was a little skeptical, but my two kids (ages 6 and 3) actually gobbled these up! An important note here: I did not disclose that I added carrot puree to these brownies. They saw me put the applesauce in, but then I slid in the carrots when they weren’t looking. What they don’t know is actually making them healthier. I also use coconut oil, but you can use margarine or butter if you’d like.


  • Coconut Cooking Spray
  • 4 ounces of semisweet mini chocolate chips (I use a food scale)
  • 1/2 cup carrot puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (measured in solid form) OR 2 tbsp margarine or softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave safe dish, melt 4oz of chocolate chips in the microwave. Melt one minute at a time. Make sure not to over do it or you’ll have burned chocolate!
  • In a large bowl, combine melted chocolate, carrot, applesauce, brown sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until evenly combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in egg whites, then add baking powder and salt;stir to combine.
  • Pour batter into baking pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips ¬†even over pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes (check at 30 minutes). Cool completely in pan, then cut into 12 equal bars.

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