Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

The color green.  What do you think of?

I think of gardening.  I think of frogs.  I think of Grandpas.  Oh, I should tell you I have 2 stuffed animal frogs who’s name are The Grandpas (well Grandpa and Grandpa’s Brother to be exact). I don’t think of grandpas as in dad’s dad.  Sorry to confuse.  

The color green is supposed to symbolize:
Balance
Freedom of Ideas
Tranquil, To Feel Refreshed
Peace, Nature
It was believed at one time green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner for this reason.

In many people’s minds, the color green isn’t something you usually think of when you think of sweet desserts.   I hear that little kids fear their green vegetables so sneaky parents have to find ways to incorporate it into their meals.  Well I don’t have a little kid, but I still like being sneaky, even if it  means just being sneaky to myself.  

Spinach Brownies.  

What am I going to do with you?

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As soon as I picked the New Zealand Spinach multiple people asked what kind of sweet was  I going to make with it since they know I like mixing vegetables into treats (see: avocado brownies, pumpkin brownies).  So I decided to keep it simple and keep the brownie tradition alive.  The brownie tradition should never end.  Can you imagine a world without brownies?  I surely cannot! 

I have to say I was unsure about how these brownies were going to turn out.  I had some experience with spinach treats as I baked these spinach cupcakes which are still one of my baking highlights because everyones eyes are shocked after I tell them (after they declare how delicious it was) it’s full of spinach.    I was worried because of the amount of spinach that are in these brownies, 1 whole cup pureed, which equals about 4-5 cups raw.  That is a large amount of spinach.  But as soon as I poured the spinach puree, gave it a few twirls with my spoon then tasted it, worries were erased.   100%.  Can you taste the spinach? The short answer is sort of.  The long answer is not really.   I like spinach, I know what it tastes like, so I can pick up a slight spinach taste.  But for those who are unaware there is spinach in them, or don’t often eat spinach, they will pass it off as “dark chocolate” tasting.  I think that’s the best way to describe them, dark.  If you store them in the refrigerator so they remain set and cold, the spinach taste is pretty much all gone.  We’ve been eating them this way as a cold brownie and my oh my, it’s delicious!

Another first, usually when I make brownies I leave them “as is”.  But I’ve been seeing alot of brownies with frosting and if you’re making a chocolate brownie, why not go that extra step and throw more sweetness on it with some frosting?  So I decided peanut butter frosting because peanut butter can go with anything (including spinach – who knew).  Let’s just take a minute, hold hands and thank the peanut butter frosting for how good it is.    I made a batch of this and I put so many spoonfuls in my mouth before even getting to the brownies that I feel that I might have to lay down (and then go running).  But goodness, this frosting is it.   Boom.  Done.  Never making another peanut butter frosting again.  This is it.  Thank you frosting.  Thank you!

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Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
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Spinach Brownies
  1. 1 cup pureed spinach
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup salted butter - melted
  5. 1/2 cup chocolate chips - melted
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 cup flour
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Peanut Butter Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  2. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1 1/2 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
Spinach Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 8x8 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Take your spinach leaves and put them in the food processor with 1-2 tablespoons of water and pulse until it turns into a puree. Keep doing this until you get 1 full cup of spinach puree. This usually equals about 4-5 cups raw spinach leaves.
  3. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and sugar together in a bowl. Stir in melted chocolate chips, spinach puree and vanilla.
  4. In another bowl mix your flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together.
  5. A little at a time, add your dry flour mixture to your chocolate spinach mixture, stirring continuously until it's all smooth.
  6. Pour batter in 8x8 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool.
Peanut Butter Frosting
  1. Put butter and peanut butter in a bowl and mix with electric mixer.
  2. Slowly pour in your powdered sugar a little at a time. When it starts to thicken, add your 2 tablespoons milk in and continue to mix. You should keep mixing for about 2-3 minutes until your frosting is fluffy. If it's still thick, add a additional tablespoon of milk if needed.
Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
  1. Once brownies are cool, spread your peanut butter frosting across them.
  2. Pat the frosting down with a spatula so it becomes a smooth layer.
  3. Put in refrigerator for one hour to let the frosting set.
  4. Cut brownies into squares, enjoy!
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Pretty Pretty Spinach.  You are so pretty.  How are you so pretty? Teach me to be this pretty.

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Into the food processor it goes.  I did 2 batches.  Add a tablespoon or 2 of water in with the spinach so it gets pureed. 

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You will need 1 full cup of spinach.  This is about 4-5 cups raw.   Whole lotta spinach going on…

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But when you add it to the chocolate mixture, you can’t even tell.  Magic!

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The peanut butter frosting.  It deserves “the” in front of it because it is amazing.  I ate so many spoonfuls, don’t even ask.

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Pat it down with a spatula and put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set..

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Then cut those brownies up!  Look at those babies!

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Can you tell there is spinach in them? Nope!  I already used the word magic but I’m going to use it again. Magic!

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I am pretty much in love with these and they are a great way to use up lots of spinach. I mean you can have salads for a week, or chocolate brownies.  Make your decision wisely.

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Quick! Take a brownie!

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Because soon they will be all gone..

Enjoy!

 

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