I have always wanted to try making zucchini brownies but always shifted more towards black bean brownies as I just thought the consistency of a black bean versus zucchini would be more doable getting the texture and taste to mimic that of a regular brownie.
Well well well......let me tell you I was totally wrong. After making zucchini brownies twice this week, I doubt I will ever go back to making black bean brownies again (unless of course you request it over at Henderson Kitchen).
And did I mention that these are low glycemic, dairy free and gluten free!
It's a win -win!!
Here is what you will need to making these delicious brownies:
2 cups zucchini, medium size hole shredded (not tightly packed)
1 large egg
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey or agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup gluten free one-to-one flour
Optional : Chocolate chips or chunks to add into the brownie or to melt over the top of the brownie.
Place zucchini in a colander while you are getting other ingredients ready.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment or wax paper.
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.
Give zucchini a gentle squeeze but do not ring out completely, add to a bowl and stir.
Add flour and mix gently until combined.
Optional add in chocolate chips/chunks to the batter.
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.
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.
Spread melted chocolate over the top of the brownies when cooled (optional)
Cut into 16 squares.