Baby Food Brownies: A Deceptively Healthful Sweet Potato Dessert

Perhaps you’ve already read our new book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet.   Maybe you’ve discovered the homemade baby food recipes included in the book and have spend hours whirling up delicious concoctions.  With minimal effort you’ve saved money, packaging, and carbon emissions by preparing healthy purees for your little one.  Now you deserve some brownies!

Steal a few frozen cubes of whirled up nutrition and slip them into this yummy recipe!  I’ve tried this on family and friends always with great results.  No one realizes that these are healthier than your standard brownie because the coffee and cocoa make them just as decadent.

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  • 1/4 Cup melted butter or margarine
  • 2/3  Cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2  Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2  Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup baby food puree (pumpkin, sweet potato, squash, or yam)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee powder


Melt butter and cool. Then simply mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Spread mixture into a greased eight inch square pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until brownies are slightly firm.  Enjoy!

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