About the Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious, festive treat – that’s not scarily unhealthy – to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones?  Look no further.

Can you imagine something this tasty being made with vegetables?  We can.

And as one last added bonus… this dessert is made almost entirely of aphrodisiacs for you (and maybe even a special someone) to enjoy.

Veronica Qubrossi

Veronica is a Holistic Nutritionist and Managing Director at Healthoholics, where she directs clinic operations, leads educational initiatives including our Holistic Weight Loss program, and manages our marketing efforts.

The Recipe

The Best Brownies with Cherry Topping

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 min
Veronica Qubrossi
Total Time:
55 mins

The Best Brownies:

¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup butternut squash puree
½ cup coconut milk or cream
1 TBsp vanilla extract
1 TBsp vanilla powder
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut sugar
¼ cup brown rice flour
¾ cup almond meal
¾ cup cacao powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Cherry Topping:

2 ½ cups frozen cherries, pitted
1 TBsp fresh lemon juice
2 TBsp coconut nectar/syrup


1. In a stand mixer, combine oil, squash, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
2. Once thoroughly combined, add coconut sugar, and mix well.
3. Then add dry ingredients in ¼ cup increments.  Ensure everything has combined well.
4. Add apple cider vinegar, and mix on medium high speed for 15 seconds.
5. Pour batter into a parchment lined 9×9 cake pan.
6. Bake at 350*F for approximately 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow brownies to cool before serving.
7. While brownies are baking, add cherries to a small sauce pot on medium heat.  Smash cherries, and warm through.
8. Add lemon juice and coconut syrup, stirring well together.
9. Once mixture comes to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer.  Reduce to a jelly consistency, stirring often to avoid burning.
10. If you prefer a smooth consistency, quickly run the cherry mixture through a small blender once reduced.
11. Enjoy!