Healthy zucchini brownies are sweet and fudgy but made healthier with zucchini, ground flax, whole wheat flour and much less sugar than your average brownie recipe.
I call these Back-to-School Brownies
I would never rush the end of summer but there is something about late August that puts your mind into September, and revs the back-to-school engine when it is still beach weather.
Looking ahead to the start of school I’m already thinking about snacks to bake for my kids to take in their lunches or to nibble after school. I’m in search of recipes that are on the healthy side.
Zucchini is piled high at the markets these days. I have been stocking up and adding it to all sorts of things, including baked goods. Zucchini is great for baking because it is tender and doesn’t have a lot of flavour on its own. I love zucchini bread and muffins but these zucchini brownies are a new favourite. They’re sweet and fudgy but made healthier with zucchini, ground flax, whole wheat flour and much less sugar than your average brownie recipe.
Healthy Zucchini Brownies
- ½ cup grape seed oil or melted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 3 Tbsp. molasses
- 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned in
- 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour, spooned in
- ¼ cup ground flax
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups shredded zucchini, excess liquid squeezed out*
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
- Line a 9”x 9” pan with parchment paper or grease it well. In a large bowl whisk flours, flax, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another bowl whisk together oil, sugar, vanilla and molasses.
- Beat in the egg. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in the zucchini and ½ a cup of the chocolate chips. (Batter will be very thick)
- Spread in prepared pan. Sprinkle over remaining 2 Tbsp. of chocolate chips and press them into the batter a bit. Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes
*Grate the zucchini on the large-hole side of a box grater. A handful at a time, squeeze out as much liquid as possible.