This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Brownies combines the spiced pumpkin flavors of fall with a classic chocolatey dessert treat. It is sure to be a hit year-round.
~by Katie Webster
Hi everyone, I’m Katie and I am so excited to be guest posting on the Healthy Aperture Blog today. I remember the first time I came across Healthy Aperture. I was so excited. I was like “These are my people!” Healthy Food. Gorgeous photography! That’s what I am all about! I am a recipe developer and a food stylist. I also write a food blog called Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Since then, I have never failed to submit my photos to the Healthy Aperture gallery when I post a new recipe. And now the HA Blog has been so much fun to follow. I have been really enjoying reading and learning, and doing a fair amount of drooling over amazing looking and healthy recipes!
So, when I found out I was going to get to do a guest post here I knew it better be a good one! I have been thinking about these pumpkin pie brownies for a while. Like since July! But I’ve been waiting for the weather to get cooler. And for pumpkin to come into season. So when I started noticing the explosion of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, I know their moment had arrived!
I love the idea of making these all through the fall and into the winter holiday season. I’m sort of putting them into four categories of appropriate times to make them:
Perfect for less formal get-togethers!
What to bring to every single fall potluck!
I may need to have one for breakfast too! [Because they are that good.]
I’ve done my usual healthy swaps. Like I used whole-wheat flour instead of white. I traded heart-healthy canola in for butter. And I cut the added sugar down to ¾ cup. I also used ¼ cup of cocoa to boost the chocolate-flavor, so that I only needed 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate to make these good and chocolaty. Don’t get me wrong, these are still a treat, but I won’t tell if you actually do happen to have one for breakfast. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
How about you? Have you started a Pumpkin Pinterest board too? What are your favorite recipes with pumpkin?
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Pumpkin Pie Brownies
- 4 ounces Neufchatel cheese (reduced fat cream cheese)
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 3 eggs, divided
- 1 can pure pumpkin puree, divided
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or white whole-wheat
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly (see tip)
- 1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Beat Neufchatel and ¼ cup sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until completely smooth. Add 1 egg and beat until smooth. Add ¾ cup pumpkin, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and beat until smooth. Set aside.
- Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the remaining ½ cup sugar, 2 eggs, the remaining pumpkin puree, 2 teaspoons vanilla, oil and chocolate in a large bowl until completely smooth. Add flour mixture, and beat until smooth. Add buttermilk and beat until completely combined.
- Spread chocolate brownie mixture out in the pan. Top with the pumpkin cream cheese layer. Drag a clean knife through the layers to swirl.
- Bake until the brownie is set and the edges are lightly puffed, 30-32 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Tip* to melt chocolate: place chocolate in a small microwave-safe container. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each round, until mostly melted. Let sit, stirring often until completely melted. To melt without a microwave see here.