Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Superbowl Treat!

If you love brownies (and I know you do, don't deny it) then you will love this recipe! They are ooey-gooey delicious AND healthy so you don't have to deprive yourself of this decadent dessert any longer! What? Healthy brownies? Yes!! The main (secret) ingredient is a full 2 cups of zucchini...that's right, zucchini. This recipe also contains good-for-you almond butter, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Are you getting hungry? Good, because these can be thrown together so quickly and you will not be disappointed in the results!

These are a hit with kids and adults alike. I have tried numerous brownie recipes trying to find one that isn't full of fat and calories, flours, refined sugars etc. I finally found one I liked here and decided to give it a try. These brownies have none of the aforementioned ingredients and you will not believe how moist they are! I have tried using black beans as a flour replacement in the past and have never succeeded in baking a brownie that wows anyone. They always came out too dense for my taste. I have nothing against black beans, in fact I am a huge promoter of beans now in a gluten-free lifestyle. They are an excellent source of fiber, are filling and are extremely inexpensive! I have been experimenting with different bean flours to make pancakes, breads etc. so stay tuned for all those exciting recipes to come!

But let's get back to the brownies because I know you want them!


Zucchini Brownies




Ingredients:
2 c Shredded/Chopped Zucchini (about 1 large zucchini or 2 medium zucchini)
1 c Almond Butter
1/3 c Raw Honey
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 c Dark Chocolate Chips (to make this dairy-free you can make your own chocolate chips!)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9" casserole dish.
Throw all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. (If you don't have a food processor then chop zucchini very tiny and mix all ingredients together really well)
Spread into casserole dish and bake for 35-45 minutes.
Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy!
**Update** Nutrition Facts included below!


Don't be concerned if the batter isn't as dark as you expect brownies to be, when they come out of the oven, it's amazing, the look like they should and taste even better!



The almond butter I used was homemade, but feel free to just purchase some natural almond butter from most any grocery or health food store. It can be a little on the pricey side so I would suggest making your own if you can...it's actually quite easy. I'll be posting about that in the very near future. You can also sub the almond butter out for peanut butter if you'd like. It would then just have a peanut buttery taste, but that wouldn't be all bad because chocolate and peanut butter are best friends after all! 

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Treat yourself well,