Scandal-Free Spinach Brownies

Recipe by Jessicarobyn Keyser
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Makes 12-15 large brownies or 24 small ones

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter (2oz, or half a stick)

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps water

1 cup packed light brown sugar (215g)

1 cup granulated sugar (200g)

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (248g)

1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder (35g)

1 tsp baking powder (optional: add for cakier brownies, omit for fudgier brownies)

1 tbsp instant espresso or coffee (optional but recommended)

 

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

5 oz (142g – 1 box) Fifth Season spinach

 

6 oz (170g) dark or unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

 

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, walnuts/pecans, or a mix (optional)

Recipe by Jessicarobyn Keyser
 | 
 | 
Makes 12-15 large brownies or 24 small ones

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter (2oz, or half a stick)

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps water

1 cup packed light brown sugar (215g)

1 cup granulated sugar (200g)

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (248g)

1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder (35g)

1 tsp baking powder (optional: add for cakier brownies, omit for fudgier brownies)

1 tbsp instant espresso or coffee (optional but recommended)

 

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

5 oz (142g – 1 box) Fifth Season spinach

 

6 oz (170g) dark or unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

 

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, walnuts/pecans, or a mix (optional)

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter (2oz, or half a stick)

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps water

1 cup packed light brown sugar (215g)

1 cup granulated sugar (200g)

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (248g)

1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder (35g)

1 tsp baking powder (optional: add for cakier brownies, omit for fudgier brownies)

1 tbsp instant espresso or coffee (optional but recommended)

 

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

5 oz (142g – 1 box) Fifth Season spinach

 

6 oz (170g) dark or unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

 

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, walnuts/pecans, or a mix (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F, and prepare a 9x13 baking pan with a parchment sling and baking spray.

2. In a saucepan or shallow pot, combine butter, oil, water, and both sugars, and whisk over medium heat until butter is melted and sugars have dissolved. Turn off heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and espresso powder (if using) for one full minute. Set aside.

4. Process eggs plus egg yolks, spinach, vanilla, and salt in a blender until completely smooth.

5. Place chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl, and pour over the hot sugar/oil mixture. Oil may have separated; that’s OK. Whisk together until the chocolate is melted and fully incorporated, 2-3 minutes. 

6. While continuing to whisk the warm chocolate mixture, carefully and slowly drizzle in the spinach puree. This must be done slowly to ensure that the chocolate does not seize and that the eggs do not scramble.

7. Once all liquid ingredients are fully incorporated, whisk in dry ingredients. Fold in any optional inclusions (nuts, chocolate, etc.).

8. Scrape batter into the prepared baking pan, and bake on the center rack in the middle of the oven for 30-35 minutes, turning once midway to ensure even baking. A toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out with damp crumbs but no discernible batter.

9. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (2hrs) before cutting. To cut, carefully lift the parchment sling out of the pan and place on a cutting board.

10. Makes 12-15 large or 24 small brownies. If using inclusions, it’s recommended that you chill the pan first (45min): these brownies are exceptionally fudgy and chewy, and the inclusions may tear the brownies if not cold and firm. Bring back to room temp before enjoying.

A warning: While these brownies are baking and cooling, they may smell a little funky. That’s the spinach, and it’s OK! It will wear off, and the brownies will taste nothing like what you smell as they’re coming together. They’ll just taste like damn good brownies.