Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
These bars are filled with chocolate goodness….do I have to say more? Not only are they gluten free, but they are also vegan. The secret ingredient to these bars is chickpeas. You may be tempted to sit down and dig in with a spoon or fork, I know I sure was. I had to save some for this post, so I decided to eat just one so I could let you know how they taste. These bars are extremely moist and would be great in a frozen yogurt sundae (or dairy free ice cream) with a chocolate drizzle on top.You can probably see the piece that I tried in the pictures below. Be assured I will be enjoying this protein packed treat for the next few days to come (they may not last that long though)!

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Servings 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 c . chickpeas *See NOTE cooked or drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c . Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of finely ground sea salt
  • 1/4 and 1/8 c. powdered stevia sweetener
  • 1-2 Tbs . ground flax seed optional
  • 2/3 c . shredded zucchini Shredded apple might work too
  • 1/2 c . applesauce
  • 1/3 c . chocolate chips *See NOTE optional
  • 1/4 c . Chopped walnuts -would add a nice texture and flavor optional, but completely up to you and personal taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place chickpeas in food processor and process until finely ground. Should have a drier coarse texture almost like a wetter flour and be able to stick together when squished between the fingers. To get this texture you can try to dry chickpeas either with a paper towel or with heat in a sauce pan, but the extra liquid if present shouldn't affect the recipe that much.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together with the ground up chickpeas.
  4. Stir in zucchini, apple sauce, chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Spray either a bread loaf pan (one that isn't narrow) or a 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray. You can also line the bottom if you want with parchment paper, but it isn't necessary. If
  6. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 30 min.
  8. When you take them out of the oven the top may look dry and they may look underdone. This is OK! The bars will set up as they cool.
  9. May want to let set up further in fridge.

Recipe Notes

If using dried chickpeas, make sure to measure after cooking. To prepare the chickpeas soak them for at least 8 hours. Place them in a saucepan with water and bring boil. Cook until tender. Lastly, I would highly recommend using chocolate chips, but if you like the bars without then go for it! The chocolate chips would add a nice sweetness. The bars pictured above were made without chocolate chips and nuts.

 

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