I found a pin the other day to a new two-ingredient recipe. Since it is fall, pumpkin stuff is everywhere. I’m familiar with using canned pumpkin and a spice cake mix to make “crack muffins,” but they’re a little too moist for me. I figured I’d give the brownies a try, since I love chocolate-y treats and would like to feel like I’m making a healthier choice by cutting out a lot of the fat from the oil in the regular brownie recipe.
The pin led to a website called “Cookies and Cups.” The recipe is very easy: you mix a 15-oz. can of pumpkin with a box of brownie mix. I used Betty Crocker with the Hershey’s syrup packet. Slap it in a 9 x 9 pan and cook it for 25-30 minutes at 350. I don’t have a 9 x 9, so I used an 8 x 8 and ended up cooking them for nearly 40 minutes. Whatevs. Oh, the recipe also had me line the pan with foil, then spray the foil with non-stick spray first. That makes for some easy clean-up, but I think the next time I’ll just skip using foil. I’m more used to that and don’t have save-the-planet-guilt with using foil when I really don’t need to.
The brownies turned out quite good. They are very chewy and light, and they do have a fairly strong pumpkin flavor. In fact, if you like pumpkin but aren’t wild about it, this might be more than you can handle. I’m right there on the edge, and Junior Vox less so, and she couldn’t eat a whole brownie.
I went online and looked up the nutritional value of pumpkin and found that this recipe is a great way to get a nutritious treat.
- It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
- Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
- With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
I’m feeling rather virtuous, actually.