I am a brownie lover through and through. If it weren’t for the little problem of being unhealthy, I could probably eat them every day. Sooooo, I’ve taken it upon myself to be the healthy recipe guinea pig!
I love taking a beloved unhealthy food choice and making it as healthy as possible using the healthiest ingredients as close to natural as possible and organic whenever possible.
Most of you all know my feelings on refined processed sugar, NO, so whenever possible, which is almost always I substitute pure maple syrup whenever sugar is called for. It’s a way I feel a little less guilty about eating “sweets”.
These zucchini brownies, just like any food “substitute” will have a little different texture than your traditional box brownie or flour brownie recipe, but will be just as delicious. The zucchini makes these brownies super moist, while the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and bitter sweet cacao chocolate baking chips make them decadent.
My little people loved these brownies and were none the wiser, if you have littles, I’m sure they will also be begging for more.
I’m big on buying organic and local whenever possible. Organic fruits and vegetables are free from pesticides and chemicals and grown as natural as possible, the way our food is supposed to be grown. Organic cage-free eggs ensure that the egg laying chickens used are treated as humanely as possible and allowed to feed upon natural foods found in nature and free to roam. You can learn more about organic vs cage free vs traditional eggs by doing an internet search. Most of all the ingredients below can be purchased organic, though expensive, worth it in my opinion, but feel free to use non-organic your finished product won’t taste any different.
2 cups finely grated fresh zucchini (if possible organic or locally grown)
1 cup pure maple syrup (not the store bought “fake” syrup made with corn syrup)
1-1/3 cup unsweetened (organic if possible) applesauce
2 eggs (organic/cage free if possible)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (organic if possible)
2/3 cup finely ground gluten free & organic old fashion oats
1 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Optional add-ins: ½ - 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, nuts
Optional toppings: ½ - 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Prepare (grease) a 13” x 9” pan
3. Pulse the oats in a food processor or blender until a “flour-like” consistency
4. In a bowl Mix together grated zucchini, maple syrup, applesauce, eggs and vanilla
5. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, ground oat, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until combined.
7. Optional add in chocolate chips and/or nuts
8. Bake for 55 minutes
9. Optional sprinkle chocolate chips on top and spread when melted for chocolate frosting