It’s nearing the end of zucchini season. Is it? Please say it is. Can I get a hallelujah? I am definitely pleased with my quest to try new things with the ever-plentiful green vegetable, but I will tell you two things: 1) we will NOT be growing a zillion zucchini plants next year like we planted this year and 2) I will be o.k. if I never SEE another zucchini until next year. So there you have it. My final zucchini post of the season for you. Clearly, I feel as though chocolate and zucchini were made for each other. If you missed them, check out my Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and also my Zucchini Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! What I love about these brownies is that even though they are healthy, they are fabulous. No refined flours or sugars – yay! I used to think cooking with whole wheat flour was always so dry, heavy, and just plain not as good as white flour. It’s not true! Recipes can be just as amazing with whole wheat flour as recipes with the other stuff. Give it a shot. Plus, it’s a million times better for you anyway!
Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies
Even though these Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies are healthy, they are still FABULOUS!
- 2 cups of finely grated zucchini approx. 2 medium
- 2 bananas mashed
- 1/2 c. of unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 c. honey
- 1/3 c. molasses
- 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. finely chopped pecans
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 c. whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Shred Zucchini. Once you’ve shredded your zucchini, squeeze out any excess moisture; set aside. Mash up bananas in a large bowl and combine with honey, molasses and applesauce. Stir together until incorporated (I used my Kitchen Aid).
- Add in vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Then add in baking soda, salt, and grated zucchini. Stir well.
- Lastly, add flour followed by chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Stir just until fully incorporated.
- Spread brownie batter out in greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean (but watch out for the chocolate chips, when you are testing. You may need to check a couple of spots!).
[My 2 Cents]
I used the soft white winter wheat berries for this recipe and it turned out wonderful. I freshly grind the berries in my Blendtec right before adding it in the recipe. The fresher the flour, the higher the nutritional value. Of course, if you don’t have the resources to grind your own wheat berries, you can buy store bought whole wheat flour as well.
Adapted from Joyful Healthy Eats