Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Brownies
Chocolaty Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Brownies with a healthy twist. When I set out to make these brownies, I wanted to create a brownie that tasted chocolaty and at the same time, had some health benefits. So instead of adding butter, I used seasonal fresh butternut squash. I used the squash as if I would use butter, and the rest was easy. Butternut squash is sweet with a mild nutty taste and has a texture of a sweet potato, making it a perfect combination with chocolate. To prepare the squash, I steamed a few pieces of peeled squash. It only takes about 15 minutes. Then I mashed the squash until smooth, just like potatoes. In this brownie recipe, I used maple syrup as a sweetener, and for the fats, I used only one tablespoon of olive oil. To make the brownies extra special, I added a topping made up of chocolate chunks.
So why do I think this brownie is healthier? First, butternut squash is packed with fiber, Vitamin A and C and is low in calories, only 63 calories per cup, in comparison to butter which is 1627 calories per cup. As a sweetener, I used maple syrup, which is not shy of health benefits such as several essential minerals. Another ingredient I added is pure cocoa, which is known for its antioxidant properties. For the remaining ingredients, I used gluten-free flour, eggs, yogurt and good quality gluten-free chocolate. I have created many gluten-free brownie recipes on only gluten-free recipes website, but this one makes me feel kind of good because it has several ingredients with health benefits.
In conclusion, now you can enjoy a deliciously fudgy brownie without feeling guilty. How wonderful is that? I prefer to eat brownies slightly warm while the chocolate is still melting. So good! Enjoy!
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