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Wholewheat Carrot Brownie – A Healthy Treat to Celebrate

29 September 2011 30 Comments

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

A slice of rich & dark Brownie is a delight for any chocolate lover, be it a gooey, chewy, fudgy or cakey brownie you just cannot stop with one. I like sticky and gooey brownies with loads of nuts in it, more better if it has some fruit or veggie hidden in it. Brownie is probably the easiest to make as against baking a cake, bread or any other goody. No waiting time needed for that intimidating yeast to work and flexing muscles for kneading the elastic dough, just mix it and bake it and you are in for a sinful treat. The treat is to celebrate Lite Bite being featured on Yummly today.

Normally a brownie is baked with less flour and without any leavening agents in it such as baking powder and baking soda which makes them quite dense and chewy bars. Moreover you could use any healthy wholegrain to bake a brownie as gluten will not have any adverse effect on the final recipe.

What makes a Brownie different from a Cake;

  1. Brownies have high ratio of butter/oil to flour.
  2. Quantity of sugar is more in brownies which make it gooey.

This brownie recipe is created incidentally after the recurrent cakey brownies I used to get with carrots in it. The raw grated carrots in the batter mostly give brownies with cake like texture since the recipe has no eggs and cream in it. And when I cooked the grated carrots a little, I got what I was looking for  – my perfect gooey and fudgy carrot brownie.

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

Ingredients to go in...

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt/curd
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup nuts (cashew/almonds/walnuts)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

Cooked carrots and cocoa powder with nuts..

Method; Wash peel and shred two medium size carrots to make cup. Chop the nuts coarsely. Heat a oil in a wok and dd the shredded carrots in it, cook for 2 minutes at low flame. Add cocoa powder, brown sugar and cook for one more minute. Take off the flame and let it cool.

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

Freshly baked Brownie..

Take  large vessel and add the wholewheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and mix well.

Add yogurt and the chopped nuts in the cooked carrot mixture.Pour the liquid mixture in the dry flour mix.

Grease a rectangular tin with butter paper. Make sure to keep the butter paper hang a little outside to make it easy to take out the brownies once it is cooked.

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

A slice of delight...

Mix it lightly and pour the brownie batter in the baking tin. Bake it at 190°C for about 20 minutes or till the knife comes out clean when inserted in the batter.

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

Gooey and fudgy brownie stack..

Every bite is a guilt free carroty delight, nuts in the brownie added extra crunch to these fudgy goodies. You could not make out the carrots in the brownie.

Healthy wholewheat carrot brownies

Rich and dense chocolaty bite..

A word of caution; The flavors of a freshly baked Brownie is hard to resist, but hold off, let it cool completely before slicing it to get neat squares. I could not resist the temptation and the slices did not come out picture perfect. But then square or not a brownie is a brownie…nom..nom… :)

Oh..and am glad to be featured on Yummly today, thanks a lot to the Yummly team, Lite Bite readers and my blogger friends for all your support and blog love!

Notes;

  1. Use pumpkin puree in the same way to make pumpkin brownies.
  2. Include or exclude any nuts of your choice.
  3. Replace the brown sugar with honey for more healthy and flavorful brownie.

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30 Comments »

  • sudha said:

    oh my!! so my kind of recipe…thanks for sharing

  • Yuri said:

    Congrats on the Yummly feature :) love your healthy recipes, never seen carrot brownies before… Must make soon!

  • sayantani said:

    I surely cannot stop wth one piece of this gooey beauties.looks awesome

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said:

    these look incredible! Congrats!!
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  • Krithi said:

    Gooey deliciousness.. Long time since I had brownies.. wanna try this carrot version…

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  • Richa@HobbyandMore said:

    the brownies look so perfectly gooey and i like the idea of carrots and whole grains in it!
    yummmy!
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  • Kelly said:

    A healthy brownie?!?! Love it!! :)

  • Priya said:

    Lovely irresistible delicious brownies…congrats Sanjeeta..
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  • Karriann Graf said:

    Congrats on the feature and happy Baking!
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  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    wow Sanjeeta, that looks so inviting, I mean brownie and healthy, can it get any better than that?
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  • Priti said:

    One more delicious and healthy combo…looks yum
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  • Raks said:

    I want some now :( at least I can drool at ur pics :)
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  • Anita Menon said:

    Simply divine. I can easily imagine their chewy, gooey and uber addictive texture
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  • Baker Street said:

    Congratulations on yummly! Brownies look great! Never thought of adding carrots to mine.
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  • valarmathi said:

    Wow…brownie looks absolutely delicious…..mouthwatering.

  • prathibha said:

    I would like to grab a couple of dem..looks so moist n yumm
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    That’s such a killer recipe! I know what to bake the next time I am craving chocolate!!

  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Congrats on Yummly Sanjeeta! Great idea to add carrots to your brownies. Wlll have to try this {GF}. I’ve been known to cut in to the brownies while there still to hot as well :-)
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  • Shalini said:

    The best part about this brownie is that it’s so yummy and you can still eat it without guilt. Congrats again and my chocolate craving has kicked in.

  • aipi said:

    So fudgy n sinfully chocolaty ~ your pics are driving me crazy right now ..lol..
    USMasala
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  • Joanne said:

    Wow these look so fudgy delicious! I would never guess there’s a veggie in there!
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  • Rama Ananth said:

    I tried it out today, though it tasted good, I could not cut it properly as it has the tendency to break or crumble. I waited till it was cold as advised by you, and with great difficulty, I could get some pieces cut. I used to make brownies with egg many years ago, and it used to be perfect, but I don’t like eggs, and also I don’t like Maida, butter to be added, so I stopped making cakes itself.
    After coming to your site, I have been inspired to start baking again.
    I used Honey, and it was perfect, and another variation I did was to add some chocolate bits to it. It is yummy, but this cutting properly should somehow be solved.
    Thanks for always coming up with interesting dishes.

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    Those brownies look very fudgy and rich and I love the ingredients you used.
    *kisses* HH
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rama, Honey in your brownies could be a reason. These brownies are a bit difficult to slice, you could refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes and then cut them.

  • Sally - My Custard Pie said:

    I’d like one of these even if I didn’t know they were so healthy. Sumptuous gooiness. Divine.
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  • kankana said:

    Congrats on Yummly :) :) Who doesn’t like brownie and here you have added carrots too! The chewy texture would be so delicious.
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  • Shobana said:

    Hi Sangeeta,
    I made this recipe for a small gathering the very day you posted it.. Today, I am making it for another gathering.. It is a very impressive dessert.. But, so easy to put together.. Lovely.. Next on your list is the recently posted whole wheat bread. Shall try it out and let u know. tc and thanks a lot.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Shobana, I am so glad to know that you tried the recipe and liked it. Happy baking and take care.

  • valli ranajit said:

    Hi..
    i would love to try this recipe as we get plenty of sweet gajar now. healthy recipe that uses wheat flour and carrot…
    i have a doubt. do v have 2 cook the grated carrot, cocoa powder and the sugar in the entire ( 1/4 cup) oil or , say saute in 2/3 tsp oil??? the way we do for onion & tomato in daily cooking… in that case when 2 add the rest of the oil??
    hope to hear from U…
    regards… Valli.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Valli, Yes I cooked the ingredients in 1/4 cup oil and followed the rest of the recipe.

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