Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!
Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

Oh do I have a treat for you! Let me introduce you to these ooey gooey, double dark chocolate zucchini brownies.

 With dark chocolate being one of my favorite sweets, I knew I had to give this recipe a try! Plus it makes you feel a little better indulging in them when you know they’ve got some hidden zucchini, wholesome whole-wheat, dark chocolate and no butter or oil! Honestly I can’t even tell the zucchini is in there, although if I did I probably wouldn’t care because zucchini bread is delicious as well!

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

Seriously though, they are so rich, moist and addictive. The first time I made them they came out with a little more of a cake-like consistency (but still really good) so I attempted to make them fudgier by altering the ingredients a little. Maybe I wasn’t doing something right the first time, but I thought the second version was a even better. The not so fun part was taking photos of them! I am trying to learn and practice taking photos with my camera, but these brownies (and lighting) were just not cooperating with me. I am still learning though! Who knew how hard it would be to take a decent photo of brownies? Hah. Every piece I cut looked a funny shape and I really wanted to show how yummy they look close up! Oh well…

 Nonetheless, you must try these and let me know what you think!   Not only are you getting a healthy dose of your veggies, but you’ll also benefit from some super food dark chocolate (heart healthy and lots of antioxidants!) .  And instead of butter or oil, applesauce is used! What a great excuse to indulge a little.  🙂

Little Noelle pretty much inhaled them! I would say they are very kid friendly.  🙂

Noelle Noelle2

 

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

 

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
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Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  2. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  3. 3/4 c. sugar
  4. 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  5. 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  6. 1/2 c. natural unsweetened 100% cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  10. 2 cups zucchini, grated (varies with size, it's about 2-3 zucchini for me)
  11. 1 c dark chocolate chips (could add 1/2 c more if you'd like)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 deg F and spray an 8"x8" pan with baking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla, sugar and applesauce.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet bowl and stir gently until combined, being careful to not over mix.
  5. Fold in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and even out with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 30-35 min. or until toothpick comes out fairly clean (may still be sticky, just not raw).
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days in room temp. or up to 1 week in the refrigerator. They also freeze great, but I can't imagine they wouldn't be eaten up right away!
Notes
  1. The 8x8 pan makes them thicker, if you'd like them to be thinner with more portions try a larger pan (but watch the baking time)
  2. The zucchini doesn't need to be peeled (more fiber!) but you certainly can if thats your preference or are trying to hide it more
Adapted from Texanerin Baking
Adapted from Texanerin Baking
Peas of Cake http://peasofcake.net/
Serving size: 1 Calories: 149 Fat: 6 g Carbohydrates: 25 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 133 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3 g Cholesterol: 40

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