VEGAN CHOCOLATE + PUMPKIN BROWNIES

Since it is officially pumpkin picking season, I have been on a mission to find  fun and healthy recipes featuring this sweet veggie. I love the pumpkin/chocolate combination, so I decided to put my creative mind to use and whip up these flavorful and super yummy brownies. I swapped many of the traditionally used ingredients like eggs, sugar and butter for healthier, less processed options and the result was simply amazing.

Pumpkins are a very nutritious vegetable and widely available in the fall. Go to any grocery store or farmers’ market and you will find at least five different varieties of pumpkins waiting to be pureed, sautéed, honey-roasted or baked into a pie.

Pumpkins are very low in calories, yet incredibly rich in antioxidant nutrients (lutein and beta-carotene) which gives them their bright orange color. They are also a great source of vitamins A, C and E, calcium, potassium (much higher than bananas actually) and iron.

I love roasting sugar pumpkins with a dash of honey and a pinch of cinnamon, or making my signature raw pumpkin cheesecake (stayed tuned for the recipe next time). These brownies are no-doubt my new favorite sweet treat for the fall season. They simply melt in your mouth and are bursting with flavor. To make things even better, they are gluten-free, vegan and 100% guilt-free! In other words, you don’t need to jog for hours on the treadmill to burn these babies off.

Bon appétit, my friends ♥

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Sylvia Alakusheva
Sylvia is a Boston-based yoga teacher, clinical nutritionist and holistic health coach. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in NYC and holds a graduate degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Sylvia is also certified as an Ayurvedic nutrition specialist and often applies the ancient principles of Ayurveda in her work with patients. Sylvia specializes in weight management, digestive health and elimination diets with a focus on gluten and dairy-free meal options. She is also passionate about women’s health and works to address hormonal imbalances and infertility through healthy diet, lifestyle and supplemental nutrition.