Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Parsnip Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

Parsnip Brownies with Raspberry Frosting

I know that it sounds strange - "parsnips in brownies" but the flavor of a parsnip is so original (see "Parsnips - How Would You Describe The Flavor?" ).  Parsnips enhance the flavor of Raspberries & Chocolate and they are good for you!  Parsnips are an excellent source of fiber - the soluble kind of fiber that blocks fat.  Parsnips are part of the parsley family and they also help prevent colon cancer, stabilize blood sugar levels, help lower the risk of heart disease and the risk of stroke (again, I'm NOT a doctor - this is just information from my own online research - see my disclaimer at the bottom of this post).

Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

1/3 cup shredded parsnips (peeled first) (sometimes parsnips have a tough woody core - if so - cut that part out before shredding).
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt the butter & set aside.  Prepare & shred the parsnips.  In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, melted butter & vanilla extract just until the yolks are mixed into the liquid.  Add the sugar, cocoa, flour, salt & baking powder and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.  Lastly, stir in the shredded parsnips.  Spray (or butter) a square Pyrex dish and pour in the batter.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean).  Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
IMPORTANT:  The brownies must be totally cooled before adding the frosting!!

Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

This "frosting" is more of a combination of a glaze & frosting - I call it a "Glasting"

Raspberry Frosting (Glasting)
1/4 cup raspberry jelly
1/4 cup butter (softened)
dash of salt
1 cup powdered sugar (or 1 1/4 cups)
Optional - red food coloring

With an electric mixer and a medium mixing bowl - blend the butter and the raspberry jelly.  Keep mixing these 2 ingredients until all of the raspberry jelly has been incorporated into the butter.  Now add 1 cup of the powdered sugar & the dash of salt & mix until all of the powdered sugar has been blended in (see picture below).  If you think it needs to be a little sweeter or if you want a more stiff "glasting" then you may add more powdered sugar.  The last step is optional - you may add a few drops of red food coloring for pizazz!

Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com

Spread the "glasting" onto the fully cooled brownies.  Cut the brownies and serve immediately - ENJOY!!

Parsnip Brownies with Rasp, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com


  1. I love brownies. I love frosting. I love parsnips. And I would never ever have thought of combining them. lol :-))

  2. I would have never ever thought of putting parsnips in brownies. I am not sure any parsnips in our house would last long enough to get into a brownie- hubby absolutely loves them. Sadly we haven't had any luck growing them in our garden- I think we have too many rocks for them to grow properly.

    Thanks for linking up to our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  3. Brownies... mmmmm! They are like one of my favorite desserts. How cool that you can add a veggie to them. And raspberry frosting is a cool idea. :)

  4. Oh that raspberry frosting sounds aaaaaamazing!

    Visiting from Blogging Buddies

  5. I've seen avocado brownies, but never parsnip brownies... love this idea! And the raspberry frosting looks amazing!

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  6. This is so interesting! Parsnips in brownies... I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for linking up for the GFC blog hop and vising my little blog!


  7. Hi Angie: Just dropping by to say I haven't forgotten you. These 2 pt online classes that I'm taking are eating up most of my time, especially the math classes. Another unique recipe from you huh? Unique woman. Have a great day!

  8. What an original recipe, I'd have never thought to put parsnips into brownies but it looks delicious!

  9. Hi Angie, Brownies and parsnips, different! But they look yummy...I might have to try these. That frosting would be good on any brownie! Happy Thursday!
    @ vesselsmemories2.blogspot.com

  10. I'm lifting an eyebrow at those parsnips, it sounds very interesting in a brownie. But then again, I've seen beans in brownies, so I guess parsnips wouldn't be too odd.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.

  11. I never would have thought to put parsnips in brownies ...... but would be game to try it :) The frosting sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing at last week's week's All My Bloggy Friends :)

  12. Angie,
    If I ever get parsnips in the Community Supported Agriculture farm share again, I'll make brownies with them. I'm intrigued by the idea.


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