Yup, I put zucchini in a batch of brownies. I also put mashed bananas and applesauce in it, too. Clearly these aren’t your run-of-the-mill brownies, but the good news is that they’re roughly 125 calories a square AND they satisfy your chocolate craving.
When I saw this brownie recipe online, I just had to try it. I was lured by the promise of a low-fat dessert that warranted seconds, or thirds, without judgement. So last night I took a stab at baking them and was happy to use my From the Tree Applesauce I made a few days ago.
You don’t taste the zucchini at all. It’s more like eating a piece of chocolate-banana cake. You give up the gooeyness for the savings in calories. So, no complaining!
My husband thought the recipe was pretty weird, but when I left a brownie by him to try, by the next time I looked over it was gone. I also brought half the tray of brownies to work, only to bring home an empty plate. All very good signs!
Low Fat Zucchini Brownies
Adapted from SparkRecipes.com
- 1/2 cup applesauce (I used my homemade From the Tree Applesauce)
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded green zucchini (peel first)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)
- Powdered sugar for presentation (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- Mix applesauce, bananas and sugar together.
- Add vanilla, cocoa powder and cinnamon, mix well.
- Mix in baking soda, salt and zucchini. Then stir in flour.
- Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out mostly clean (don’t want them dry!).
- Let cool for 10-20 minutes, then slice into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a pretty plate.