Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

21 Jan

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I found this recipe on a vegetarian blog I recently discovered called Cookie & Kate and decided to give it a whirl considering I was promised I would never taste the zucchini in these chocolatey treats.  And sure enough, they did not disappoint.  The zucchini only adds a moisture to these (considerably) healthy dessert.  Honey is used in place of granulated sugar and whole wheat flour replaces white flour.  Chocolate is not replaced with anything, and there is a lot of it in these little bites!  You can only be so healthy.

I decided to make these in honor of my new (and old) coworkers at Chrysalis.  I recently started working at my favorite non-profit again to help with the Women’s Empowerment Program they coordinate every January through April.   It has been so fun being back– seeing the continued success of the organization, the smiles and warm words of old clients and volunteers, and of course the awesome staff members that do all of the important work.  At lunch the other day we were sharing New Year resolutions and I mentioned my food blog, and just like that they now all have the power to hold me accountable.  So, I thought I would bake something for the team to thank them for the support.  Hope they enjoy these chocolatey, chocolatey, really chocolatey, gooey afternoon snacks 🙂

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

2 cups zucchini (grated)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey (can add more to increase sweetness)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch baking pan.

2. Place grated zucchini in a colander and squeeze out any extra moisture with a kitchen towel.

3. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, honey and vanilla.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

5. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips!

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool and serve!

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2 Responses to “Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies”

  1. Suzanne January 21, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    hope you saved some for Joe!

    • M January 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      I had my fair share…and they were great!

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