What’s in Your Brownie?

You may be wondering why a vegetable is in a brownie?

This veggie promotes digestion, is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds including vitamins A and C, and boosts your immunity.

Have you guessed it yet?  It is low in calories, great for your heart and eye health, and high in fiber.

Studies show that including at least 30 grams of fiber in your daily diet significantly lowers your risk of getting diabetes.

It’s zucchini.

And, zucchini is rich in B vitamins which increase energy production!  Who doesn’t want more energy?

Make these brownies in just 15 minutes of hands-on time!

Here’s the recipe:

Zucchini Brownie Bites

½ cup unsweetened almond butter

1 ripe banana

2 organic pastured eggs

¼ cup pure maple syrup or local raw honey

3 Tbsp. cacao powder or 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. real vanilla extract

½ tsp. baking soda

1 cup organic zucchini, skin on, finely grated (after squeezing liquid out)

¼ cup organic chocolate chips (at least 70% cacao)

Organic powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.  Add all the ingredients except for the zucchini and chocolate chips to a food processor and mix until creamy.  Transfer batter to a medium bowl.   Grate more than a cup of zucchini, as it will shrink in volume when the liquid is squeezed out.  Put the grated zucchini in a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess liquid over the sink.  Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips with the batter and pour into the baking pan.  Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Cut brownie bites into 1” squares and sprinkle with organic powdered sugar before serving if desired.  Note:  Add 2 Tbsp. more maple syrup for a sweeter brownie or if using 100% cacao chips.

One final thought on zucchini.

Anti-inflammatory foods slow down the aging process.  The body ages as a result of being exposed to toxins, free radicals, and inflammation over the years.  Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which help to rid the body of free radicals and excess inflammation.

Are you ready for a nutritious treat?

Head on over to your kitchen and make some delicious Zucchini Brownie Bites now!

Eat flavorful!




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