Vegan Spinach Brownies

Vegan Spinach Brownies

These vegan spinach brownies are so decadent and rich that you’ll forget how healthy they are for you! While these brownies are not exactly guilt-free, they are much healthier than traditional brownies and a great way to add some nutrients to an otherwise not-so healthy snack. The addition of spinach means a powerful punch of antioxidants, iron, calcium, and other essential nutrients.

Vegan Spinach Brownies

After having discovered a hidden batch of spinach in the fridge the other day, I decided to prepare a few recipes with spinach as the star ingredient, including these chewy, rich vegan spinach brownies. I often prepare healthier, more vegan-friendly variations of traditional recipes for my family and luckily, they are almost always well-received.

Case in point-these brownies! Firstly, let’s talk about the texture…not only are these brownies rich and dense, they are moist and creamy, with a fudge-like consistency. If you love a chewy brownie, these are for you! Unlike traditional brownies, these are not super sweet and taste more like a dark chocolate brownie. If you prefer a sweet brownie, I suggest substituting the quantity of maple syrup and palm sugar with only white sugar.

Vegan Spinach Brownies

Now let’s talk about the healthy list of ingredients-pure maple syrup instead of refined white sugar, nutty almond flour, buttery coconut oil, and of course, nutrition-packed spinach, which is literally undetected in these brownies, thanks to its mild flavour.

These vegan-friendly brownies would be a great addition to a dessert table, such as for a birthday party or as a healthy treat for dinner guests. Prepare a batch and store in the fridge in an air tight container for one week (if they last that long!). Pack in school lunches for a yummy, yet wholesome morning snack or as an after-school treat for the kids!

Vegan Spinach Brownies

Here are some more delicious spinach-inspired recipes:
Savoury Spinach Crepes
Mini Ham Spinach Quiches
Spinach Chickpea Hummus
Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Vegan Spinach Brownies

2014-01-07
: 8 3x3" brownies
: 2 min
: 20-25 min

These vegan spinach brownies are so decadent and rich that you’ll forget how healthy they are for you! While these brownies are not exactly guilt-free, they are much healthier than traditional brownies and a great way to add some nutrients to an otherwise not-so healthy snack. The addition of spinach means a powerful punch of antioxidants, …

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Ingredients
    1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (For a less dense batter, substitute with an additional 1/2 cup pastry flour)
  • 1/3 cup organic palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raw organic spinach, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or carob chips)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a large food processor, blend the spinach, coconut oil, vanilla, coconut milk, maple syrup and sugar on high speed until smooth, ensuring all the spinach is finely ground.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the food processor and blend again until the batter is smooth and combined then fold in the chocolate chips. Alternatively, you can fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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Pour the batter into a 12 x 5.5 x 2″ biscotti pan (or baking pan of choice, depending on desired thickness) and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Set aside to cool before cutting into portions and removing from the pan.

Vegan Spinach Brownies

35 thoughts on “Vegan Spinach Brownies”

  • Petunia Sanchez 3 years ago

    I made these today for a 6 year old veggie aficionado and a two year old veggie hater. They both loved it! No spinach taste whatsoever.
    I wonder if putting three cups of spinach instead of two would make it difficult for the brownies to bake? Any thoughts? I made them in a 9×9 pan and had to bake them for about 32 minutes. Came out chewy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks so much for coming back to post some feedback! I’m glad your veggie hater approved these. The spinach is so mild that there is no way they can taste it! I’m not sure if they would be the same consistency with more spinach in them…you’d have to try and see how they turn out. Since it really isn’t that much more spinach I’m sure they would cook fine…but maybe they would be a bit denser?

  • katie r. 4 years ago

    I love chewy brownies and these look perfect! Who would ever guess they had spinach in them? I have to make these soon.

  • Wow! I never thought of brownies as healthy before! I’m going to make these for my kiddos! Thanks!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms 4 years ago

    Oooo these sound pretty tasty! I would of never thought to make brownies with spinach! Genius idea if I may say so myself!

  • I LOVE that you added the spinach to your brownies!! From the pics, you can’t even tell and I am sure that they tasted just as good 🙂

  • This sounds like such an interesting recipe! I’ve never heard of spinach in a brownie before.

  • Jennifer Juro 4 years ago

    I have never heard of spinach brownies before!! These sound interesting, I would be willing to try them.

  • Chantal Bernard 4 years ago

    I have never heard of spinach brownies, what a creative idea! I am excited to try these, pinning 🙂

  • Whoa – I’ve never had anything like this before! I love brownies so I’ll definitely have to try this out.

  • I have to admit these obviously look just yummy but I have never used most of the ingredients you have listed. I definitely game to give a try though

    • I make a lot ot substitutions when baking so my recipes are more vegan-friendly however, you can make substitutions with traditional ingredients. For examples, swap palm sugar for refined, coconut milk with regular milk, almond flour for pastry flour, and butter for coconut oil. You might have to play with the ratios but they should still turn out!

  • April Mims 4 years ago

    I can’t wait to try these brownies! I love sneaking veggies into baked goods when no one can every tell the difference.

  • I’m typically not a huge fan of sneaking fruits and veggies into food, but this recipe looks amazing. It would make me feel less guilty about eating the whole pan!

  • Those brownies look amazing! I have never had any veggie in my brownies before. I would love to to try to pass this off to my family.

  • This would be a lot of fun to try out. I’d be happy to throw some spinach into more desserts.

    • I don’t think it’s so much the fact of sneaking them in but more so the idea that if I can add a boost of nutrition to my family’s meals, then why not?!

  • Jeanette 4 years ago

    I never thought about putting spinach in anything dessert wise. These really do look amazing. I have a ton of spinach myself I need to try this!

    • Thank you! I always have a huge bag of spinach on hand. However, if I forget about it and it needs to be consumed, these brownies (and my spinach chickpea hummus) are always my go-to meals!

  • Jaime Nicole 4 years ago

    This looks so delicious. I don’t know if I could get them past the family if I told them about the spinach up front. I am going to sneak this into the mix for our next party and see how well they are received.

    • I actually had my kids help me make these the second time around…after they had devoured them the first time. They knew there was spinach in them and still ate them. Maybe they forgot?! lol!

  • These spinach brownies looks so YUMMY! Some of my best recipe creations were also created through trial and error too. I can’t wait to try this recipe out <3

  • Carolyn Marshall 6 years ago

    These turned out great, very moist and a big hit at the party I brought them too. Everyone was trying to see the spinach after I told them what was in it, I don’t think they believed me! I subbed the pastry flour for a GF flour blend and it worked fine. I found the 9×13 pan was too big for the amount of batter and they were very thin. I’d use a 9×9 next time, but there will definitely be a next time!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 6 years ago

      I think that’s hilarious that everyone was trying to find the spinach!! I’m happy to hear the recipe was a hit!

  • I had the same thing happen to me. Thought I was being original by adding kale to my energy bars, then come to find it there were all kinds of recipes for that already. Its all been done, what can you do!? These look delicious, the pictures look scrumptious.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 6 years ago

      Haha, I know! EVERY time I come up with THE MOST ‘original’ recipe I check to see if someone out there ‘happened’ to make it…and end up finding out the entire world has, lol! These did turn out quite well…not too sweet (which is how I like them) but really chewy and moist!!

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