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Healthy Zucchini Brownies

These fudgy brownies are made healthy with sneaky veggies, whole wheat flour and no refined sugar.


Ingredients

2 cups zucchini, finely shredded (not tightly packed)

1 large egg

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup cacao powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour


Method

  1. Place zucchini in a colander while you are getting other ingredients ready. Preheat oven to 190C degrees and line 8 x 8 baking dish with unbleached parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, add egg, oil, maple syrup and pure vanilla extract; whisk to combine. Add cacao powder, baking soda and salt; whisk until well mixed.

  3. Give zucchini a gentle squeeze but do not ring out completely, add to a bowl and stir. Add flour and mix gently until combined.

  4. Transfer batter into prepared baking dish and level with spatula. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the centre is barely jiggly. Do not over bake as brownies will have more of a cake consistency. A toothpick inserted has to come out somewhat not clean. If centre is too jiggly bake a bit more – ovens vary.

  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for about an hour. Lift by the parchment paper flaps and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely. Cut into 16 squares.



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