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Chocolate Pumpkin-Pie Brownies

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vegan brownies

Emily’s and my new home is quickly becoming the “hang out after work” place for a lot of our friends. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they know we will always have food? In any case, this new trend works out great; it means more taste testers!

Today, in preparation for whomever might happen to show up tonight after work, I made brownies.

Pumpkin brownies.

pumpkin brownies

Chocolate pumpkin brownies.

Above, topped with my favorite Ice Cream Recipe – {no heavy cream or eggs}

Sweet pumpkin, rich chocolate, and creamy vanilla. What more could you possibly ask for? Except maybe a fork.

And a napkin.

Chocolate Pumpkin-Pie Brownies

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  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup ww pastry or white, spelt, or oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar or xylitol (or 1 c maple syrup or agave: it’ll be a bit less cakey with liquid sweetener)
  • pinch uncut stevia, or 2 more tbsp agave or sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (or pureed pumpkin or sweet potato)
  • 6 tbsp oil (You can omit, but be warned: the brownies will be gummy)
  • 4 tbsp milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (not optional)


Preheat oven to 330 F. Combine dry ingredients, and mix very well. Combine wet ingredients, then mix into dry. Pour into a greased 8-inch pan. Cook for about 23 minutes. I’m not sure why this is the case, but these brownies seem to taste ten times sweeter if you don’t eat them for at least two hours after they come out of the oven!

pumpkin brownie

Emily and I have been alone in the house with the brownies all day. I’m afraid there might not be any left by the time my friends arrive. Poor friends; I told them there’d be brownies.

I need an excuse to explain all these missing brownies…

What about: My little brother came by with his entire football team, and they ate all the brownies before I got a chance to stop them. That’s a good excuse, right? Only, I don’t have a little brother. Does someone want to lend me a little brother? I promise I’ll give him back!

P.S. My leftover pumpkin will be used for this: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cereal.

It’s still one of my favorite breakfasts!

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Published on November 11, 2011

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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    Love the “Italian grandma” reference. I love cooking for people too! But sometimes I think they prefer bags of chips and *gasp* store-bought cookies. Seriously, what is WRONG with some people! 😉

    A good excuse: There was a knock on the door, the fragrant smell of pumpkin pie brownies wafting out the door attracted the notice of others and they needed a sample – and you had to help them out!

  2. kristin says

    The trick is to make it look like you haven’t had any to begin with! Don’t cut out a square, shave off a thin slice from the whole, straight across. No one will notice.

  3. Megan says

    YES! I am so excited you created this recipe! I always gawked at Isa’s pumpkin pie brownie recipe, but it is loaded with sugar. I love this pumpkin theme you are on!

  4. Char @ says

    Oh yum!! I will be baking these later on today. One major thing I love about your recipes is that I always seem to have ’em on hand 🙂 except for occasionally, when I need to go pick up silken tofu or something 😀 I have your cookie dough boatmeal in the toaster oven right meow!! I’m sooo hooked on it! (as of yesterday morning, hehe.)

    I don’t normally try to pimp out my page, but you HAVE to see my post today!! It’s Dark Chocolate Linguini with Caramelized Bananas, Soy Vanilla Ice Cream, & Raspberries! If anyone would appreciate Dark Chocolate Linguini, I know it’s you 😉

  5. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Ohh chocolate + pumpkin + vanilla? This sounds like an awesome mix!! You have some very lucky taste tester friends!! I think it’s all in how you plate them and you can make it look like there are more than there really are… plus, they don’t have to know you actually made a large pan full 😉

    • Val says

      I’m with you on that one! For me, a brownie has got to be moist, dense and ooey gooey fudgy. If I want a ‘cake-like’ brownie, then I’ll just have a slice of cake! (..and then maybe a brownie =P)

  6. Alyssa says

    OK, that’s it: I’m flying down to visit my brother & family in Houston, then I’m taking their car & coming to your place for a visit!
    (Just kidding, I won’t darken your doorstep.) 🙂

  7. Kit-Kat says

    Say that Batman ate the brownies….. and if people say that chocolate is not good for dogs, say that your baking is so healthy that he’s immune to the high intoxicating chocolate levels in dogs. :~)
    Yum! Pumpkin! Any member of the squash family is an any time of year favorite of mine!

  8. Crystal says

    They may not believe you, but you can say they really didn’t turn out so you threw them away, but I didn’t have time/ingredients/whatever to try and make more.

  9. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says

    Haha I love the Italian grandmother thing – probably true! You could say that a flock of birds swooped in the door when you opened it up and ate the brownies! Or you could just hid the evidence and pretend they never existed in the first place.

  10. Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen says

    You’re on a roll with the pumpkin lately! I also think Vanilla Ice Milk is the perfect name for that vanilla ice cream!

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