Did you know that a few years ago, I went through the training to become a Community Food Advisor? Our mandate is to go out into the community and teach people about healthy eating – from things like teaching them about Canada’s Food Guide to meal planning to better grocery shopping to actual cooking classes. In a presentation I did to a group of moms, I took along the following two recipes for Healthier Cookies and Brownies to demonstrate how added nutrients could be put into common foods to make them more beneficial for their children.
Healthier Cookies and Brownies with Added Nutrients
This first recipe is for Veggie Cookies.
1 cup of pureed veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash or a combination of these) – If you like more of a carrot cake type taste to them, you can use some grated carrot in place of some of the puree
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
Beat the above ingredients together. In a separate bowl combine:
1 1/3 cups flour (I used half white and half whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Add the dry ingredients to the carrot mixture and stir until moistened through. Drop dough by spoonfuls (about a tablespoon) onto a greased (I used cooking spray) cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Note: if you want them to resemble carrot cake more, you can add a bit of cinnamon to the dough. Additions like pineapple chunks and raisins are also very good in these.
Black Bean Brownies
Note: this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free
1 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 T. vegetable oil
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup sugar
(Optional: can add 1 tsp. instant coffee to the batter. I didn’t do this.)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Lightly grease a 8 by 8 inch baking pan (I used cooking spray) and pour the batter into the pan. If desired, sprinkle some chocolate chips over the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 mins. The top of the brownies should look dry and the edges of them should begin to pull away slightly from the pan when they are done.