Hmm, zucchini brownies. Sounds royally suspicious. Speaking of royal, they say Marie Antoinette had a thing for sweets. This does not surprise me. If you have thirty-something live-in chefs floating around the castle, wouldn’t you have a thing for sweets? I wish I had attended one of her parties. Umpteen tier cakes. Truffle towers. Macaroons on macaroons on macaroons. No judging the girl in the corner with the frosting face. At my wedding, I had a Marie Antoinette-inspired cake gloating by the water in wonderful buttercream bliss. Wouldn’t have had it any other way.See? Here’s my point: we can all be royals, minus the whole being-glued-to-our-thrones thing, by divulging every once in a while. Every day, you should have dessert. Just my opinion. But be sure to do so the right way. My favorite way to have dessert is to “skinnify” it. Now that we know what we know about living a healthy lifestyle, I think it’s important that we don’t abuse our relationships with food. Sometimes, that means being super sneaky and sneaking zucchini into our diets by like, oh I don’t know, sticking it in double-fudge brownies?You won’t believe me, but you can’t even taste the zucchini in these brownies. Swear. In fact, you can’t even taste the healthy. So why not eat these brownies while having a royal-inspired brunch? Here are some of my favorite must-haves for dining “royally”:
- 1/2 cup liquid egg-whites (67 calories)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (36 calories)
- 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, “Lite,” melted and cooled (40 calories)
- 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup Truvia Baking Blend (150 calories)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (25 calories)
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour (400 calories)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (80 calories)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda (3 calories)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chopped zucchini (40 calories)
- 96 semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided - 64 for batter, 32 for topping (210 calories)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix together all wet ingredients – including applesauce – and Truvia Baking Blend.
- In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients (excluding chocolate chips).
- Now, combine both wet and dry ingredients. Mix together, getting rid of clumps, but be careful not to over-stir.
- Pile 2 cups of zucchini into a blender and blend just until zucchini has been chopped into very fine pieces. Before pouring zucchini into batter, drain excess water from blending.
- Add zucchini into mix and stir until combined.
- Add 64 chocolate chips into brownie batter.
- Pour mix into 8 X 8 baking pan, lightly greased with butter, coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Sprinkle 32 chocolate chips on top of brownies, dispersed evenly.
- Bake brownies for about 28 – 32 minutes.
Inspired by Texanerin’s recipe!