Best Brownies Ever….Note: may contain butternut squash

So many recipes are always being posted on all forms of social media. I am always tempted to try the recipes based on whole, nutrient dense foods. When I saw this brownie recipe, I knew it was a must! We then of course adapted it to suit our pantry needs and personal preferences. The result…the best brownies ever. This may have been one of our most popular desserts at Shanti Retreat. The guests were dying for the recipe….and for more brownies! Be careful though, they are so good you may possibly eat 6…at one sitting…Enjoy.


½ cup spelt flour (or buckwheat for GF version)
½ cup cacao powder
2 Tbsp arrowroot powder (only used this for the GF version and ommmited for Spelt flour version)
1 cup organic raw sugar
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp baking powder


½ cup butternut squash puree
⅓ cup coconut oil
2 eggs (2 flax eggs for Vegan Version – 2 tbsp ground flax + 4 tbsp warm water- let sit for 5 minutes)
1.5 tsp vanilla vanilla extract

1 cup walnuts

½ cup chocolate chips (gluten free) or good quality dark chocolate chopped into little pieces

½ cup butternut squash puree
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup raw honey, local if possible
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

How to make:

Preheat oven to 350F.
Peel butternut squash with a vegetable peeler or sharp knife. Cut into little 2 cm cubes and steam for 10 minutes. Put into food processor and puree until smooth.

In a large bowl mix together flour, cacao powder,  arrowroot powder (if using), sugar, sea salt and baking powder.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs (or flax egg), ½ cup squash puree, coconut oil and vanilla extract.

Chop walnuts into little pieces.

Combine the wet ingredients into dry and add chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well.

Grease a baking dish and pour in batter. Spread with a spatula or your hands until uniform on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.
To make the frosting combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread frosting on brownie when you take it out of the oven, then refrigerate the brownies for an hour or so before eating.

Serves 12

Date Added: August 7, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen

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