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Pumpkin Chocolate Espresso Brownies


We are hosting family in town from Boston this week so I decided to bake up a few goodies for everyone to enjoy. Brownies are one of my all time favorite treats, hands down. I don’t know about you but personally, I’ll take a chocolate brownie over a slice of apple pie any day of the week.

Confession: I love boxed brownies. There. I said it. (Hides.)  In the past, I have made brownies from scratch – everything from basic recipes all the way to Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies. End result? Too sweet. Too much. Too rich. Today’s recipe is my perfect balance between naughty, delicious, and healthy.

Brownie Makeover Results

  • Calories reduced from 200 to 135 per brownie.
  • Vitamin A boosted from 0 to 70% of daily requirement in just one brownie.
  • Total fat went from 6.5 g to 1.9 g per brownie.
  • Saturdated fat reduced from 1.5 to .5 g per brownie.

Even better? After one bite, my sister in law said “These are delicious!”

Your family is waiting.

Pumpkin Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Pumpkin Chocolate Espresso Brownies

4.5 stars average
Pumpkin Chocolate Espresso Brownies is the perfect balance between naughty, delicious and healthy.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 50 mins
TOTAL: 55 mins
Servings: 16


  • 1 box brownie mix of choice
  • 15 oz can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 2 tbs instant coffee
  • 2 tbs flax seed meal
  • ½ c walnuts (chopped optional)
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray baking pan of choice with non-stick spray (I used 11 x 7).
  • Using a rubber spatula, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. (Mixture will appear dry at first but continue to stir until pumpkin is fully incorporated.)
  • Spread mixture evenly into pan and bake according to package directions. Please note: you may need to cook a few minutes longer than instructed.
  • Remove from oven when toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.


Excellent source of Vitamin A


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 28.6gProtein: 1.7gFat: 1.9gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 125mgFiber: 1.9g
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.


  1. Looks so good :-) What are the ingredients in a brownie mix? Cocoa, flour, something else…? Would love to do this from sctrach (mostly because I don’t live in the States, and not exatcly know if similar brownie mixes are available here)!

  2. A new momma I know has been crazy about lactation cookies! The cookies call for flax seed meal AND brewer’s yeast. I am curious if you added some brewer’s yeast to the recipe if it would effect it much. These would be yummy lactation BROWNIES! Plus I LOVE pumpkin. I am going to try to research it then try it out, if no one knows, I will update on my results for other mommas :)

  3. Very moist and easy to make. My 5 year old said these were delicious! I can taste the pumpkin but overall this is a good receipt to satisfy you brownie craving.

  4. Well this is purely a recipe for those looking for a lighter option. Certainly, go with the real deal if you are craving a rich brownie! :) But these are fun for kids because they sneak in pumpkin.

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