Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Acorn Squash Brownies

This post is part of Tasty Tuesday Linkup on Lean Lena!

Recently, I was sent some products from NuNaturals Stevia to test out. These brownies were the first thing that I made with the samples!

I have made brownies before without Stevia. I usually do not use the stuff, as I will discuss in a later post. But I feel that in moderation it is fine. Plus, it was fun to test out in a recipe!

 
So you might be wondering how the acorn squash plays in with these brownies.
 
It is no secret that I love the stuff, but sometimes I will bake them and they just don't taste right.
 
It is a bummer because I spend that entire hour of the squash in the oven with my mind and tastebuds dreaming about that sweet, delicious flesh of the wonderful winter squash.
 
Too bad this squash didn't taste sweet! They were more bland than anything. So instead of wasting the squash, I figured it would make a nice base for some other recipe, just as bananas or pumpkins do.
 
 
Acorn Squash Brownies
Yields one small pan
 
1/2 medium acorn squash flesh, seeds removed
1/3 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2 TBSP coconut flour
1 TBSP oat flour (I used NuNaturals brand)
1 TBSP ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup walnuts (or nuts of choice)
1-2 pieces dark chocolate, crumbled in the mix
1 egg
dash of almond milk
1 dropper full of Vanilla Stevia
TBSP cinnamon
dash of sea salt
 
Preheat the oven to 350.
 
Warning... the brownie mix looks like a giant turd pile!!
Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth, then transfer over to a small brownie pan.
 
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the top has darkened and is firm (but not hard).
 
Drizzle with more honey if desired!!
 
 
Have you used Stevia?
What is your favorite brownie recipe?
 
Natalie  

10 comments:

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

OH BABY!! This is almost a GiGi approved recipe! I ADORE Stevia, especially NuNaturals, so WAHOO!! :) Even though I am not really a chocolate girl, I think the acorn squash has won me over!

Louise@FitRadiance said...

If it contains the word 'brownie' I'm sold! :P I've never tried the drops before, only granules.

Natalie Wester said...

Gigi, I love acorn squash!! I love any winter squash really. It makes a great base for baking! What is your favorite Stevia brand?

Natalie Wester said...

Louise, LOL that's my motto!! I got sent some stevia powder too. Any tips/ideas for use?

Lena said...

Thanks for lining up with us today, Natalie! and those brownies...mmm...definitely going on my "to make" list :)

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

Even though I hate dark chocolate, I have a feeling I wouldn't mind this recipe thanks to the squash and the stevia sweetening everything up! :)

Fairytales and Fitness said...

I don't believe I've ever used Stevia! I'm a fan of Acorn squash and brownies so this item will go on my must try list!

Natalie Wester said...

I think these would even be better if your acorn squash is already sweet! Mine wasn't.
I have not used Stevia prior to this either. I was surprised by the results.

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

BAHH H HA AH AH! I love that I commentedon this post TWICE! CLEARLY I have things to say ;)

Pace of Balance said...

Visiting from the Tasty Tuesday link up. Not sure if you saw my post, but I LOVE squash! In fact, I think I have the right amount sitting in my fridge right now. Might experiment with this tonight as I don't have the vanilla stevia. Thanks for the idea!

VGN