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Nutritional Recipes

Healthy Brownies

Written by COA Nutrition Team On March 26, 2021

These Healthy Brownies are a delicious option when you want to share a chocolate treat with your family that’s a little lower in sugar and higher in nutrients. They happen to be seriously fudgy too!


  • 1 cup lightly packed baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a blender. Blend very smoothly, starting on low and working up to high, to make a very smooth batter.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Top with chocolate chips and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until firm to the touch and a cake tester comes out mostly cleanly. (It’s a moist batter, so it may be a little moist in the centers.)
  5. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer to the fridge to allow it to cool completely before removing it from the pan and slicing.
  6.  Use the foil to transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Slice into squares, clean the knife off between slices if needed, and serve.

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