When you think of pumpkin, is your first thought pumpkin pie?
I know mine is — or at least was — but while that decadent dessert is a seasonal treat, pumpkin is actually a superfood that can be added to a variety of recipes all year long! It helps boost the Vitamin A, Beta Carotene and fiber content, not to mention flavor, of a variety of sweet and savory recipes.
I decided to try adding some to our homemade brownies, and these are amazing. They’re slightly cakey but with the characteristic crispy top that makes brownies so irresistible. My family scarfed them down, and I didn’t even feel guilty about the ones I ate! (Okay, not too guilty!)
Mom’s Superfood Brownies
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup light olive oil
- 1/2 cup Libby’s Pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
In a medium bowl or blender, mix sugar, flour, cocoa and sea salt. Add olive oil, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 3 minutes.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and spread with a spatula.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool for 20-30 minutes before cutting.
Other Uses for Pumpkin
But brownies aren’t the only way to increase your family’s pumpkin intake. Try some of these ideas as well:
- Who needs expensive baby food when baby can eat Libby’s pumpkin right out of the can?
- Mix with vanilla yogurt and a little pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin pie flavor all year long.
- Add a spoonful to smoothies, oatmeal or even macaroni & cheese. The flavor is mild enough that you won’t notice it!
Hint: If you won’t use the whole can of pumpkin, you can divide it into ice cube trays and freeze it in smaller portions to make it easy to measure out for other recipes.
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