Monday, 18 August 2014

Chocolate Zuccini Brownies

We are lucky enough to live next to people that grow a huge garden every year.  What makes us lucky is that they often will share the fruits of their labor with us. This past week we were given the hugest zucchini I have ever seen so I thought, why not make some brownies.  Confused??? I know, it sounds weird and your probably thinking why on earth would you want to add zucchini to brownies anyways? Well..... trust me, these make the most delicious brownies ever. They are so moist, soft, and chewy. What more could you want?

I discovered this recipe on the Sweet Happy Life blog and have decided this is a keeper.

Here is the recipe copied from the blog.


For the brownies:
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
For the frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with PAM or your preferred baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, ½ cup cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just to combine. Fold in the zucchini and mix well. The batter will be very dry and you'll think you should add eggs or milk, but don't do it!
  5. Spread into the prepared pan, gently tapping the mixture down.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched.
  7. To make the frosting, melt together the 6 tablespoons of cocoa, the butter and the milk in the microwave for about 40-60 seconds. Mix well with a spatula or metal spoon. Allow to cool slightly, then add the vanilla and the confectioners sugar ½ cup at a time, mixing well between additions.
  8. Spread the frosting over the brownies once the brownies have cooled. Allow to set for an hour before digging in. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Since they technically contain a vegetable that means you should enjoy at least two (wink)!
Hope you enjoy!

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