Here’s a recipe from Esther’s Kitchen (Esther being none other than media phenomena and fashionista Esther the Wonder Pig) that is so easy, versatile and forgiving, I have to share it.
Esther’s chef, Linda, tried these brownies 11 different ways – each way being equally delicious I’m sure.
Then I tried the recipe two more ways. Again, all fabulously delicious!
The best part – you just bung everything into a food processor or mixing bowl and hand mix, then pour the batter into a parchment-lined pan and bake. You end up with dense, moist, chocolatey and spicy brownies that satisfy.
Here’s Esther’s Kitchen’s original recipe post:
This recipe has been tested using the following choices: almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, dairy-free butter, coconut oil, almond flour, all purpose flour and gluten-free baking flour blend. Each one tasted great and had unique flavors. All of the ingredients resulted in a moist brownie that held together well. The brown rice syrup had the least amount of sweetness. This batch was baked with almond butter, almond flour, coconut oil and agave.
Esther’s Pumpkin Brownies
Cuisine: Esther Approved Dessert, Baked Good, Gluten-free and Nut-free options
Prep Time: 10 minutes Bake Time: 25 minutes Cool Time: 15 minutes Yields: 12 (3”x3”) brownies
By: Chef Linda | Esther’s Kitchen
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin from a 15 oz can or homemade and excess water drained
- 1/2 cup creamy almond, peanut or seed butter (almond was used)
- 2 Tablespoons softened coconut oil
- 1/2 cup agave nectar, maple syrup or brown rice syrup (agave was used)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup flour of choice: almond, gluten free baking blend or all purpose (almond was used)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Line an 8“ x 8“ baking dish with parchment paper. Press the paper alond the bottom edge and all 4 corners; set aside.
3. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl or food processor. Use an electric hand mixer or process in the food process until the batter is smooth.
4. Pour all of the batter in the center of the parchment lined baking dish. Scrape out remaining batter from the bowl or food processor. Spread the batter into the corners until you have a level surface.
5. Bake the brownies for 25 minutes. Cool the brownies on a metal rack for 15 minutes.
6. Pull up two sides of paper and lift the brownie out of the pan. Place the paper and brownie on a cutting board. Slice the brownie into 9 pieces or as desired.
Here’s what Chef Linda’s brownies look like.
I hope you give this amazingly versatile recipe a try and make it your own! The key is to know where you can make swaps:
- the type of flour
- the type of oil
- the type of nut/seed butter
- the types of sweetener, and
- the spices.
You can also try add ins such as chocolate chips, walnuts or pecans, even diced candied fruit.
Just do not mess with the proportions of ingredients because that’s where the chemistry is.
Here’s one of my versions:
I used, pumpkin, regular flour, a mix of maple syrup and agave, coconut oil, tahini paste instead of a nut butter, and added a cup of chocolate chips and a big pinch of cayenne pepper. This batch was made in the food processor.
For my next batch, I diverged and used: mashed banana and no pumpkin, regular flour, the full amount of coconut oil, almond butter, maple syrup only 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spices, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon cardamon. I also added a cup of chocolate chips because it’s chocolate and more is more.
Why are you still reading? Go make some brownies!!