Monday 16 September, 2019

How to make brownies, the healthy way

Everyone loves a good brownie, but trying to eat healthier may mean having to sacrifice one’s favourite desserts.

However, eating healthy doesn’t always have to mean doing without.

Health Coach Paola Henderson suggests this healthier version of the traditional brownie, made instead with chickpeas and spinach –yes, spinach.

A regular chocolate brownie has, on average, 130 calories, 4.6 grams of fat and a whopping 12.5 grams of sugars, whereas a chickpea brownie has, on average, only 90 calories, about 1.5 grams of fibre, 1.3 grams of protein and 7.2 grams of sugars. 

Don’t knock it ‘til you try it; check out her recipe below:


Flourless Spinach Brownies


1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

4 eggs

2/3 cup honey or 1-1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup of Spinach Leaves



1. In a small bowl, melt semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave for two minutes. Or, place chocolate chips in a heat-resistant bowl on top of a boiling pot of water until melted.

2. In blender or food processor, combine chickpeas, spinach and eggs.

3. Add sweetener, baking powder and melted chips; process until smooth.

4. Pour batter into an approximately 9-inch non-stick pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

6. Allow to cool then cut and serve.

Find out more about Paola Henderson's healthy diet tips at

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