There's What in My Brownies??

by Kate O'Leary

November 04, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

ZucchiniBr6.jpgIt seems like this past summer and even into fall (at least in the Midwest), everyone’s gardens were overflowing with zucchini. A person can eat only so much zucchini bread so it’s time to get creative with that squash. As I am always looking to “healthify” my favorite sweet treats, zucchini brownies are one of my go-tos. This version is also vegan and you will have no idea zucchini is in there. 

Ingredients

•   1/2 cup canola oil

•   1 1/2 cups sugar (you can replace up to half of the sugar with a stevia blend)

•   2 teaspoons vanilla extract

•   2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

•   1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

•   1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

•   1 teaspoon salt

•   1 large zucchini to yield 2 cups of shreds

 

Instructions

1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.   Combine oil, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until well-combined and crumbly.

3.   Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

4.   Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture.

5.   Using a grater, shred the zucchini.

6.   Stir the zucchini shreds into the batter until thoroughly incorporated. Batter should be moist and thick.

7.   Scrape batter into an 8 x 11 baking dish.

8.   Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the brownie is fairly firm and begins to pull from the sides of the pan.

9.   Allow brownies to cool.

This doesn’t take too many ingredients so it’s fairly quick to put together: 

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I first shred my zucchini by cutting it into cubes and putting it in my mini food processor. It’s literally mini, so I had to shred it in a couple of batches, but it came out nice and grated. You don’t have to do this part first but I like to get it out of the way.

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Then I mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla. To make it even healthier, I can substitute applesauce for the canola oil. The recipe also says you can replace up to half of the sugar with stevia. There is quite a bit of sugar in here so I would like to experiment with other sugar substitutes.

 
 
After it’s well-combined I add flour, cocoa, and baking soda. No sense in dirtying another bowl so I added those ingredients right to the sugar mixture. 
 
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Add in that zucchini that’s already shredded and mix until fully incorporated.
 
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Put into an 8x11 baking dish bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan. I found that mine needed 35-40 minutes only because my oven temperature may not be quite accurate.
 
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Let cool and then enjoy the moist, delicious, and secretly healthy brownies! For more information, you can click on the following link:
 
 
Kate O'Leary
 

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