A dear patient of mine gifted me a HUGE zucchini this year and I thought I would try something new. This recipe for Grain Free Zucchini Walnut Brownies (GAPS, Paleo) brings the words, healthy treat to a whole new level!
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 is 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.
Walnuts are also high in omega 3 fats.
Whether you consider zucchini 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