Chocolaty brownies made with the added bonus of butternut squash. The squash gives these brownies a great fudgy texture and takes the place of butter and oil!
I made these brownies over the weekend and a few of my kids were less than delighted about them. Mind you, they didn’t taste them at this point, they just noticed the addition of pureed butternut squash in the batter. #dontjudgeabrowniebyitsbatter
Of course, once these same kids saw the finished product, it was “what butternut squash in the batter?” Then, they proceeded to inhale a few, then, a few more. #itoldthemso
A short supply list: An 8 x 8 baking pan + non stick cooking spray (or your favorite way to grease a pan). Plus, a mixing bowl and silicone spatula. Of course, you will also need measuring cups and spoons.
What Ingredients Are Needed?
- Butternut squash puree
- Flour + Salt + Baking powder + Ground cinnamon
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Eggs + Vanilla
- Chocolate chips
How Do I Make Puree from Fresh Squash? Find detailed instructions right here.
How Do I Make Puree from Frozen Squash? Steam 1 cup of frozen squash in a steamer basket or steamer insert. Fill the pot with water and cover insert/basket. Increase temperature and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and steam for 8-10 minutes or until squash is soft. Remove squash and discard water. Mash squash with a potato masher or stick blender until desired consistency is achieved.
Or Use Your Microwave (for frozen): Place 1 cup of frozen squash in a microwave safe bowl. Add just a bit of water…just enough to line the bottom of the bowl. Cover and microwave for 1-2 minute intervals, then, toss lightly. Continue until squash is soft. Mash squash with a potato masher or stick blender until desired consistency is achieved.
Sunday 15th of January 2023
I made this with spaghetti squash purée and it was delicious! What a great way to use up leftovers and add a little nutrition to our desserts!
April J Harris
Tuesday 26th of November 2019
I've used butternut squash in loaf cakes, but never in brownies, Erin. I've definitely been missing out! Pinning this yummy recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Saturday 23rd of November 2019
What a great idea! I have a pile of squash from our CSA, but I am the only one in the house that really likes it. This is a fabulous way to trick the guys into eating some too!
Erin Table for Seven
Sunday 24th of November 2019
Monday 18th of November 2019
Yum! I love the idea of substituting squash for butter. Do you think apple sauce could also be substituted for the sugar? I make this switch fairly often in baked goods with great results.
Erin Table for Seven
Tuesday 19th of November 2019
Hi Erica- Honestly, I haven't tried that yet, so, I can't say for sure. If you do give it a try, please let me know how it turns out..it's a great idea! Enjoy :)