Saturday, November 7, 2009

Body Rockin Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

My fabulous chef of a mother shared a delicious recipe for healthy chocolate bran brownies with me this morning. And let me tell you...these things rock my socks off! Thanks mom! I subbed the 1/3 c. oil for 1/3 c. pumpkin to make them even more healthy. Give them a shot and let me know what you think! Note: These make more of a dense brownie. Not overly fluffy but very fudgy. I only used 1/2 c. of sugar so they are not overly sweet either. You can add more sugar if you like yours more on the sweet side.

Chocolate Pumpkin Bran Brownies
Makes about 10 bars

2 c. bran cereal (ground to a flour)
3/4 c. spelt flour (any flour will do here so use what you have on hand)
2/3 c. cocoa powder
2 tsp. coffee (optional)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. backing soda

1/2 c. sweetner of choice (I used NuNaturals Baking Blend Stevia)
1 tsp. vinegar
1/3 c. pumpkin puree (or oil)
1 1/2 almond milk

handful of chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together. Then mix the wet. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Add in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Optional: Melt peanut butter and while brownies are still warm drizzle on top for a lovely peanut butter icing.

Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 1 Brownie
Calories 128
Fat 4g
Sat. Fat 1.7g
TransFat 0g
Cholestrol 0 mg
Sodium 57 mg
Carbohydrates 25.2 g
Dietary Fiber 8.5 g
Sugars 7.3g
Protein 3.5g

Vit. A 35% Vit. C 0% Calcium 2g Iron 8%

Note: Nutritional info does not include peanut butter topping.


  1. I can't wait to try these!! I'm a chocolate NUT...okay maybe I shouldn't try them - I am ridicuolousy obsessive and eat too much for my own good :(

    Thank you for all your kind comments on my post - you don't know how much everyone's support means to me. Really appreciated. I'll add you to my BlogRoll and will be returning for more great eats ;)

  2. I have seen many "healthier" brownie recipes, but never bran ones! Very cool. And with pumpkin? I am intrigued.

  3. Thanks so much! Yeah I like them because they are not overly sweet. You can definitely add more sweetener if you'd like but adding the peanut butter topping just takes these to a whole new level of yum!

  4. yuuuum! i've never used bran cereal/flour for brownies and can't wait to try this out! i love the title of this post too :) happy Monday!

    Kristen @

  5. I FOUND YOU!!! and I found you because you posted on someone else's blog...ahh so happy i did!! this recipe looks great!!! very unique

  6. Love your blog!! Those pumpkin brownies look amazing! Adding you to my follower :)

  7. yum! i've wondered about the nunaturals baking stuff...

  8. yeah this is the first time I tried it out. My husband is really sensitive to stevia and doesnt really care for it..but he said with these he couldnt taste the stevia so much. So I guess thats good!

  9. Wow, those look amazing! I love using pumpkin in baked goods. I'll have to bookmark this :)