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!
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
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