These zucchini brownies are pure delight! Fudgy, healthy and easy. They do taste like real brownies while made with whole foods. And let’s be honest. Because zucchini is a seasonal item, I make zucchini brownies during summer months. In winter.
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!
Everyone in my household was particularly excited for the re-do of healthy brownies with zucchini. Kids want to eat zucchini. Pinch me.
Let’s dive in!
Low-Fat Zucchini Brownie Recipe
Number of Servings: 24
1/2 cup applesauce
2 small or medium bananas mashed
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups finely shredded zucchini
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, mashed bananas and sugar. Add vanilla and cocoa and mix together. Then add baking soda, salt, and zucchini and mix together. Add flour and walnuts and mix together. Spread evenly into a prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched.
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 2.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 177.2 mg
Total Carbs: 25.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 2.0 g