Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

This brownie recipe was born after I planted way too many zucchini plants in my tiny backyard garden. My dad warned me not to plant more than two; they’ll get very big, he said. I planted four. They seemed innocent enough until about mid-July when they turned into rampant monster plants that were taking over my garden and yielding dozens of zucchini per plant. Lesson learned. I discovered that zucchini works in everything from meatballs to these delicious brownies. These are cake-like, dense brownies loaded with milk chocolate chips. It’s important not to over-bake these to ensure they retain the ooey-gooey goodness we all love about brownies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chips + more for sprinkling

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8×12 brownie pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients and the grated zucchini to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. The middle of the baked brownies should be slightly soft.  Do not overbake!
  8. Allow brownies to cool for about 20 minutes before slicing.
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Fudgy Peanut Butter {Black Bean} Brownies

When I first started this blog I never imagined I’d be posting a recipe whose star ingredient is black beans.  Believe it or not, Black Bean Brownies are the most popular recipe on my blog. Maybe it’s because they’re delicious, maybe it’s because we feel less guilty about eating the entire pan….who knows? I decided to up the ante on my Black Bean Brownie recipe by adding peanut butter to the mix.  The gamble was worth it.  These brownies are super fudgy and the peanut butter just makes them more perfect. I highly recommend having your family and friends taste one BEFORE telling them they’re made with black beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (one 398 ml can, drained)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oats, ground to a fine powder  (you can use a blender for this)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter + 1/3 cup for swirling into the batter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks or chips plus more for sprinkling

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking pan with non stick spray.
  2. Using a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of peanut butter.  Blend until completely smooth.  This may take a few minutes.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir chocolate chips into batter.
  4. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Warm remaining peanut butter until it is an easily spreadable consistency.  Drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter onto the batter and swirl with a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Let brownies cool completely before slicing.

*Yield: 9-12 brownies


Black Bean Brownies

I can feel you rolling your eyes at this recipe…but let me explain.  A while back, my personal trainer buddy, Jamie, was raving about a brownie she’d tried that was made with black beans.  Jamie likes to talk about food when I train with her — especially while I’m doing evil burpees or chin ups.  She calls it “motivation.”  I was intrigued by the possibility of a brownie that might be relatively healthy, and thus make me feel less guilty about eating the entire pan.  I started experimenting, and I’ve come up with a black bean brownie recipe that is delicious AND nutritious.  And if I haven’t sold you on this idea yet, further proof of their deliciousness is that my kids love these brownies (and I will NEVER tell them that they’re made with black beans.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (one 398 ml can, drained)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oats, ground to a fine powder  (you can use a blender for this)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking pan with non stick spray.
  2. Using a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Blend until completely smooth.  This may take a few minutes.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir chocolate chips into batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Let brownies cool completely before slicing.

*Yield: 9-12 brownies


Super Bowl Brownies

I am not a football fan.  The only way to get me to sit through a game is to bribe me with food.  My husband and sons, on the other hand, enjoy watching these interminable games.  They also like food.  So, these brownies make us all happy! Some of you might be wondering why there is no baking powder or baking soda in this recipe…it’s because I like my brownies to be dense and fudgy.  Adding a leavener would result in more cake-like brownies.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease or line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Stir frequently until butter and chocolate are melted.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in sugars.  Let mixture cool slightly.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, making sure they are totally incorporated.
  5. Add vanilla, flour, cocoa powder and salt.  Stir until combined.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of salted peanuts.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in centre of brownies comes out clean.
  8. Once brownies are done, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with the marshmallows, chocolate chips and remaining peanuts.
  9. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the marshmallows are just melted and slightly toasted. Cool brownies completely before slicing into squares.
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