3 Secret Ingredient Brownies to bring to your Office Party

by Rachael Altman, Senior Assistant, INALJ Illinois, and INALJ Volunteer Coordinator

3 Secret Ingredient Brownies to bring to your Office Party

Food brings people together and allows for office bonding and comradery. Midday office parties are fun, but usually filled with unhealthy foods, filled with sugars and processed junk, that make you sluggish for the rest of the day. Your coworkers will enjoy these sweet treats with a healthy twist. On the other hand, if you want to be sneaky, then don’t tell your coworkers about your secret [healthy] ingredients. The combination of ingredients in these recipes will boost your energy, mood, and baking enthusiasm.

We have all heard about the many health benefits of chocolate, especially dark chocolate. According to the Mayo Clinic, chocolate and cocoa appear to reduce the risk of heat disease because it’s rich in flavonoids containing antioxidant power. Plus, chocolate comes from cocoa; cocoa is a plant; therefore, chocolate is healthy, right? These brownie recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and filled with superfoods to boost your energy. Your coworkers with dietary restrictions will rejoice. Go ahead and indulge.

Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies by Chocolate Covered Katie
Secret ingredient – Zucchini
Delicious, fudgy, healthy brownies filled with natural ingredients such as applesauce, flaxmeal, and coconut flour. Zucchini is actually a fruit and comes from the Cucumis sativus botanical family. It has a nice, mellow flavor and is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Vegan Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies by Minimalist Baker
Secret ingredient – Black Beans
These brownies are also filled with delicious natural ingredients like flaxseed, maple syrup, and coconut oil, but the black beans are the real zinger, chock full of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Chocolate Quinoa Brownies by Gluten-free Goddess
Secret ingredient: Quinoa and Buckwheat
Quinoa is the trendy superfood taking over supermarkets nationwide. There are many health benefits to incorporating quinoa into your diet. These brownies are also filled with interesting ingredients, like sorghum and buckwheat. Quinoa and Buckwheat are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

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