Holidays are coming up and time to think healthy alternatives. Dr. Mary Grace Pennella shares her family’s Healthly Brownie Recipe

“What do all of these holiday have in common: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter?”,  ask Dr. Dr. Mary Grace Pennella. The answer is SUGAR! Today we learn how to make a health brownie recipe. This might become a new favorite for your family around the holidays.

Indy Style and WISH are bringing back our holiday edition of our Gr8 Health Recipe Contest, and we want to hear from you. We’re looking for tasty, festive, economical and of course, healthy creations.

There are no category limits this time.   Everything from appetizers to entrees, to deserts will be considered. Simply send your recipe to Complete contest rules are at

Healthy Brownies


  • 14 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 15 small or 10-12 Medjool dates, pitted (1/2 cup packed)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Olive Oil Spray (use a mister)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients, except chocolate chips, to food processor and process until smooth. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and stir to mix. Pour batter into baking dish, top with 1/4 cup chocolate chips and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let brownies cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing. Cut into 16 squares.

Staying Healthy thru the Holidays

  • Holidays:   What do they all have in common?
    • Halloween
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Easter
  • Sugar!!!
  • Cold and Flu Season
    • October to April
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar can take out your immune system for 9 hours!
    • 1 can soda has 9 1/3 teaspoons
    • Reese’s Cup 7 teaspoons
    • These brownies have 2 teaspoons of sugar each…naturally sourced!

Sugar Avoidance strategies
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