Secretly Healthy Zucchini Brownies (Recipe)

What if there were a brownie that was rich, moist, and chocolaty, and it had a secret vegetable in the ingredients that no one could even detect? Enter these zucchini brownies.

This healthy version of your favorite treat has just 87 calories, so go ahead and indulge without worrying about adding extra pounds.

Secretly Healthy 87 Calorie Brownies

  • 2 cups finely grated zucchini (I firmly packed it in)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (What? They’re still brownies after all.)
  • 1 1/3 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional add-ins:

-About a cup of chocolate chips and/or nuts

-Frosting: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, and 1/2 cup peanut butter melted together or just a few pounds of Nutella (in case you feel weird about eating brownies that are too heathy)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
Mix together the zucchini, sugar, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla.
Stir together the remaining ingredients and add to the wet ingredients, stirring until combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips and/or nuts if using.
Bake for about 55 minutes.
Frost with the frosting if desired.


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