Brownies with zucchini, bananas, applesauce and chocolate chips–what’s not to like? Low on calories, and filled with a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals.
What you will need:
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used plain pumpkin)
2 small or medium bananas mashed
1/2 cup xyletol ( or you can use white sugar)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour (I used gluten-free flour)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups finely shredded zucchini ( I actually used yellow squash because that is what I had)
Handfull of dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce (pumpkin), mashed bananas and sugar. Add vanilla and cocoa and mix together. Add baking soda, salt, and zucchini and mix together. Add flour and walnuts and mix together. Spread evenly into a prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.Bake for 25 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched. That’s it How simple is that?
Maybe you have as many zucchinis as I do, and maybe you have a few jumbo ones like I did… so you might enjoy this recipe! I meant to do it with ground meat, but I did not have any, so I decided to make it a vegetarian dish. I meant to put some black beans and chickpeas, but I did not have any (maybe I should go to the grocery store…) so I substituted with corn. It was delicious, but obviously, you can change the ingredients according to your mood of the day–or content of your cupboards!
2 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 large zucchinis
2 onions, diced
2 red peppers, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 can of corn, drained
Salt, pepper, fresh or dried herbs (I used basil)
Grated Romano cheese
On the stove, gently heat olive oil. Add garlic and all diced veggies. Add corn, salt, pepper and herbs. Let it all soften a bit.
In the meanwhile, slice the zucchinis in two and hollow them. Place them on a cookie sheet.
Add the hollowed part to the veggies.
When veggies are a bit softer, scoop them into the hollowed zucchinis. Bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes.
Sprinkle some Romano cheese on top for the last 5 minutes.
Enjoy! My husband and I certainly did…