As a stay-at-home mom, I have a lot of time to try new recipes. I don’t know about your family but we get bored with the same meals over and over again. The Internet is a great resource (and of course Pinterest) to see if there is something I know my husband and child would eat. I like to find “yummy but healthy” meals so I can trick them into eating stuff that is good for them.
Recently I baked some zucchini brownies! Now this may sound gross and my husband was skeptical but I wanted to try it anyway. After I whipped them up, along with the homemade frosting, I cut up a few squares and was so surprised at how good they were! James even liked them too. After sharing some with my family, I continued to eat almost the whole pan. But since they were made with zucchini and my daughter would take a few bites of each piece I had, I don’t feel too guilty.
I wanted to share the recipe because honestly no one could taste the zucchini and they were not dry at all! This was also my first time baking brownies by scratch so I was very careful to get the ingredients right!
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 ½ cups grated zucchini, undrained (one large)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 ½ cup white sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and lightly flours a 9×13 pan.
- Combine oil, egg, vanilla and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix separately. Then add the flour mixture to the sugar bowl and stir well. The sand like texture is okay! Slowly stir in the zucchini and spread into your prepared pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- When the cake is done, combine butter, sugar and milk in a small pan. Bring to a vigorous boil and let it boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Pour over warm brownies. It will harden as you let it cool.
Very easy! I used milk chocolate and Reese chocolate chips for my frosting and it really made a difference! Of course I forget to take a picture because they were so good my phone would have just slowed me down but trust me they look wonderful and this recipe makes a big batch! If you have a kitchen aid, that makes the grating of the zucchini much easier, especially if you are like me and will grate your finger off along with the vegetable.