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Eggplant Mesquite Brownies

This rich fudgy brownie recipe combines two of my favorite things: brownies and vegetables! That's right this healthy brownies recipe fuses together the delicious rich dark chocolate brownie flavor we all know and love, while sneaking in a hidden vegetable. These eggplant brownies are also exceptionally allergen friendly, this mesquite recipe is: nut-free, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, and whole foods plant based!
paleo eggplant brownies
paleo eggplant brownies

I think it’s time we come together as a society and agree that brownies should always be fudgy. I can not stand when people call a fluffy piece of cake, like you’re not fooling anyone. I find that this actually works out in my favor, because a lot of whole foods plant based recipes turn out a littler more dense, and when it comes to brownies that’s what you want!

Before making this recipe I never had eggplant brownies. It wasn’t until my littler brother (shout out Nathan!) called me up and told me I need to make eggplant brownies, because he just had some and they were amazing that I decided to finally give it a go! This should come as no surprise, because I’ll give anything a go that finds ways to sneak a vegetable into a dessert recipe. I tried it out, and well the rest is history!

What is Mesquite?

Listen, I honestly didn’t know either. It wasn’t until one day I was doing my favorite morning coffee activity: window shopping on Amazon (and Zillow lol) that I discovered Mesquite Powder. Mesquite is a protein-rich, high fiber, low glycemic sweetener, and superfood. You may have heard of mesquite in barbecue recipes, but besides that it’s fairly uncommon. It is honestly incredible though. It has a strong flavor, but in recipes like these eggplant brownies it taste divine. I love finding ingredients like this, because it opens so many doors of recipe creations to be made!

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What texture do these Eggplant brownies have?

These healthy brownies are not the type of brownie you eat right out of the oven with a big scoop of ice cream (that’s my Date Sweetened Brownies). These eggplant brownies have more of a fudgy, Cosmic brownie type of texture, and they taste best chilled. I wouldn’t recommend eating them warm. I think we all need to show some love and appreciation for a good fudgy cold brownie, and especially for one that is so healthy!

Vegan Desserts with Vegetables

Like I said at the beginning, any way to sneak some extra veggies into my diet I’m game. I love recipes like this eggplant brownie recipe, because it helps me eat vegetables that I honestly wouldn’t eat otherwise (not an eggplant fan over here). I have a couple sweet treat recipes on my blog that sneak vegetables in. Some of my favorite vegetable dessert recipes are:

And more! I’m always working on new recipes, and I love a good challenge. You can count on more healthy vegetable dessert recipes coming!

Ingredients for these Healthy Eggplant Brownies:

paleo eggplant brownies

Eggplant Mesquite Brownies

This rich fudgy brownie recipe combines two of my favorite things: brownies and vegetables! That's right this healthy brownies recipe fuses together the delicious rich dark chocolate brownie flavor we all know and love, while sneaking in a hidden vegetable. These eggplant brownies are also exceptionally allergen friendly, this mesquite recipe is: nut-free, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, and whole foods plant based!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350. Peel and chop your eggplant and place in the steamer/pressure cooker, and steam for 10-15 minutes, until soft (you almost want it mushy.
  • In a double broiler melt your chocolate chips. Once melted add to a blender with the steamed eggplant, blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl combine remaining brownie ingredients. Pour the chocolate eggplant mixture into the bowl and mix. Place mix in a brownie dish and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Make the chocolate date glaze by simply combining date syrup and cacao powder.
  • Once brownies have cooked, take out of the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes, these are best served cold (like a cosmic brownie), I like to place mine in the fridge for an hour. Once cooled down, add glaze, cacao nibs, and pecans. Serve and enjoy!
Keyword brownie recipe, chocolate, grain-free, nut-free, paleo
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