If you are the parent of a preschooler, there is a pretty good chance that you too are in the constant rut that is getting your child to eat ANYTHING other than macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and/or hot dogs... sound familiar?
Dinner time in our home is a nightmare and getting our almost 5-year-old to eat ANYTHING nutritious is like pulling teeth, so I am constantly on the prowl for hidden healthy eating hacks, which is why I was so proud of myself for creating a "healthy" brownie!
While I love making baked goods from scratch, I had never made actual non-boxed brownies before, so the idea for making them more nutritious actually came to me while I was Googling recipes.
You guys: these brownies are so soft and decadent, and my boys just gobbled them up without realizing they were decent for them... talk about a parenting win!
Now, you are probably wondering what makes these brownies so healthy, right? While the brownies themselves are not necessarily low calorie and carb (though they are at least lower!), they pack a punch in terms of nutrition thanks to camouflaged chia seeds, chocolaty Carnation Breakfast Essentials, and creamy Greek yogurt (in place of eggs)!
Why Carnation Breakfast Essentials? Well, for starters, we ALWAYS have packets on hand (thank you, Costco!) and they are an easy switch for your basic cocoa powder. Another great reason to make switch? These things not only taste amazing, but they are also chock-full of dozens of vitamins and minerals.
I'll eat to that (and so will my son, as he does not know any better)!
Once your brownies are mixed and baked, enjoy them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or a cold glass of Carnation Breakfast Essentials. Yum!
Without further ado, here is the insanely simple recipe for Healthy Brownies:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 packets (or 1/3 cup) Carnation Breakfast Essentials, chocolate
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 8 inch pan.
Melt margarine in saucepan. Mix together all ingredients (flour, sugar, yogurt, vanilla, Carnation, baking powder, and margarine).
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.
And there you have it, folks; a picky-eater treat that you can feel good about serving your kids!
Do you have a way of sneaking nutrition into your child’s diet? Help a mama out in the comments!