Brownie Heaven with a New Meal Monsters Kid Approved Recipe

Childhood obesity is on the rise and it’s no wonder with all the convenience foods on the market; packed with artificial ingredients, sugar, preservatives and other horrible additives, getting kids to eat healthy, “real” food is often an uphill battle. And that’s why mums need all the help they can get!
Chocolate brownies don’t exactly help with the issue but if you’re going to give your kids a treat, why not make it healthier, especially if you can’t taste the difference? To get this right, we deployed one of the Meal Monsters’ secret techniques: hiding to hide veggies and wholesome ingredients in favourite snacks!

This is a recipe that I actually developed myself and I can guarantee you that these brownies will not disappoint 🙂 In fact, they are so delicious that you will never guess what healthy ingredients we have put inside.
They are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and still deliciously moist (I hate that word, but there isn’t a better one to describe the yumminess of these – haha!). And in case you were wondering, yes that is butternut squash in them and no, it’s not a mistake!
So let’s get baking…


  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 180g 72% chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 130g date sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 150g butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 25g cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 50g walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180’C. Grease a 20cm x 20cm baking dish and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan cook the diced butternut squash till soft, then blitz in a blender to make a puree and set aside.
  3. In another saucepan over a low heat, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil.
  4. Using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, date sugar and vanilla extract for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the melted chocolate, butternut puree, baking powder, cornstarch, salt and walnuts. Mix with a spoon.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Pack into your kids’ lunchboxes and wait for the “mommy, I want more!” comments 🙂

Really, unless your kids watched you make these brownies, there’s no way that they’ll be able to tell that there are veggies inside.

butternut squash healthy brownies

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