Chocolate Zucchini, Flax and Applesauce Brownies
I come from a food and nutrition background and despite this little factoid, I use to think that if you were to indulge with respect to your food choices, it might as well be deep fried chocolate cake on top of a double cheese burger.
Lets be honest, shall we? Fat is delicious and so is sugar. And then the combination of the two with a little love and angle tears, boom boom bang, you got yourself an array of delicious desserts or fast food items that are pretty tempting.
But the all the desserts and fast foods add up, and with my love for chocolate still so strong after all these years… and lets face it, I’m still a nutrition nerd MOST of the time, I had to find some solutions to this food dilemma.
We’ve all come across a healthy dessert recipe, you know what I’m talking about, the carrot cake so dense you can use it as a hockey puck. You can literally pick out the chunks of vegetables out of it and it’s so loaded with fibre that well, need I go on? Do we really want our desserts options to be the fashion version of a pea colored turtle neck (and it’s not the 70’s)?
I didn’t think so. I’m glad to report however, that the delicious healthy recipes do exist! They aren’t as hard to find as they use to be either.
Check out this recipe for Dark Chocolate, Zucchini, Flax and Applesauce Brownies! (if you run out of breath saying this… you’ve included all the healthy ingredients, way to go!)
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini (I actually used a mini Eggplant because the grocery store had no zucchinis) (100g)
- 1/3 cup applesauce… I used a couple Tbsp’s more (80g)
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp water (270g)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp flaxmeal (18g)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil (115g)
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder (65g)
- 1 cup all purpose flour (135g)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, (or chopped wafers) optional
Preheat oven to 350F, grease a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients for 5 minutes.
Pour wet into dry, stir until evenly mixed, then pour into the baking dish. Add chocolate chips or wafers last.
Bake 19-20 minutes, just until when poked with a fork, the batter doesn’t stick to the fork.
Let zucchini brownies sit 15 minutes before trying to cut into squares.
Makes 20-24 squares.
I used a Dark Chocolate Ganache Recipe for the Icing… worked out magnificently. I added about 2/3 cup of cream and 2/3 cup of dark chocolate!