A dear patient of mine gifted me a HUGE zucchini this year and I thought I would try something new. I’ve seen brownies made with zucchini and I never thought much of it. However, working with grain free flours always requires something that imparts moisture. Zucchini are certainly good for that so I gave it a try and you would never guess there was a vegetable in these deeply satisfying treats!
Zucchini has a lot of water in it but it also has some good nutrients. The zucchini or courgette is a summer squash and is a hybrid of the cucumber. Along with certain other squashes, it belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A relative, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange color.
Zucchini is known as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory side dish. However, the zucchini is actually an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.
Zucchini is a good source of Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The omega 3 to 6 ratio is almost 2 to 1, which is excellent.
Whether you consider it to be a fruit or a vegetable, these zucchini brownies are healthy and grain free!
Grain Free Zucchini Walnut Brownie
- 2 cups zucchini (organic if you can) (from 3 -4 medium zucchini)
- 1.5 cup almond flour (where to buy almond flour)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (where to buy)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (where to buy coconut flour)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa butter (or butter, coconut oil or ghee) (where to buy cocoa butter)
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup raw honey (where to buy)
- 1/4 tsp stevia (where to buy)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (where to buy salt and spices)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chopped walnut pieces (from activated walnuts)
- Food processor (where to buy a food processor)
- 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper (where to buy parchment paper)
- Mini cupcake papers (where to buy)
- Pizza wheel (where to buy a pizza wheel)
- In the food processor chop the walnuts and set them aside
- In a separate small pot gently melt the cocoa butter on #2 heat taking care not to burn
- Peel and seed the 2 cups of zucchini and run the processor until pureed
- Now add the eggs, honey, stevia, melted cocoa butter and vanilla and mix
- Add the almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and coconut flour and and mix well
- Taste the batter to be sure it is sweet enough for you – if not add more honey or other sweetener that you use
- Add half of the chopped walnuts and just pulse the blade to mix (or mix in a separate bowl)
- Pour batter into the 9 x 13 pan that has been lined with parchment paper and greased with coconut oil
- Sprinkle the rest of the chopped walnuts on top
- Pull the edges away from the side so that it does not stick
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool completely
- Using the pizza wheel cut small squares and place them in the cupcake papers to serve
Tip: Let the brownies cool completely before attempting to cut them – you will get a better edge
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 30 small squares