Sunday, April 14, 2013

Grain Free Brownies...with a hidden mom approved ingredient :)

Last weekend Little A requested brownies.  Since we are trying very hard to reduce the amount of gluten in his diet, I began searching the web for a gluten free brownie.  Combine this search with the need to use 2 beautiful zucchinis that came in our produce box this week and this delicious recipe was born!  Knowing there was so much nutrition hidden in these babies helped me feel a lot less mom guilt when Little A ate 3 :)

I left the skin on my zucchini, but it is really up to you.  The zucchini blends in beautifully in this recipe, it practically melts into the chocolate.  I also used crunchy peanut butter but creamy is great as well.  I preferred the crunchy for texture as these are very fudgy brownies, but I will caution that the nut pieces are really noticeable so if you don't like nuts in your brownies use creamy.
 
This recipe was inspired by this beautiful recipe from Elana's Pantry and this scrumptious recipe from For the Love of Nutritiousness and then tweaked to fit personal preferences (and of course Little A's!)


Grain Free Brownies with Zucchini

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini shredded fine 
1c natural peanut butter (make sure there is no added sugar)
1/3c cocoa powder
1tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1egg
1/4c honey
pinch salt
1/2c chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
3. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl (I used my mixer but you can get by with a spoon I'm sure)
4. Pour into prepared baking dish.
5. Bake for ~30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes on clean.
6. Let brownies coll before serving.  They are very fudgy and hard to remove from the pan if they don't cool at least some before serving.  I put mine in the fridge so I could eat them faster :)

Store these in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life.  The moisture from the zucchini will make them counter top stable for only 3-4 days, but in the fridge mine lasted 1 week (would have lasted longer ut we ate them all!)

Hope you love these as much as we do!  I can't wait to make them again!

Happy Eating! :)

Linked Up On:
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VegetarianMama 
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47 comments:

  1. I am loving this recipe and I know my family would too! So very excited with all the entries this week! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  2. Looks like a great way to get some veggies in!

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  3. Wow… looks great.. The best choice for vegetarians like me..

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  4. Actually I love to eat veggie foods those are really tasty to eat than non veggie. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  5. Yum… brownies, one of my favourite.. Hope my mom will make this for me..

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  6. I am a vegetarian. This is a great recipe for me. It looks so delicious.

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  7. Wow, yummy vegetarian recipe. Brownies are my favorite.

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  8. Brownies….. One of my favourites, finally got to enjoy it at home..

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  9. Wow, my favorite brownies. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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  10. Yummy vegetarian recipe. I will try this. Thanks a lot.

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  11. I can imaging the taste of this by looking at the ingredients. Thank you for sharing this.

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