Flourless Zucchini Brownies

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Have you heard of the Paleo Diet yet? I am all for it. Basically the Paelo way of eating mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. You eat lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts. You cut out all the processed CRAP that is in so much of our food today, which is being linked to so many heath problems. The Paleo Diet encourages you to replace dairy and grain products with fresh fruits and vegetables. I have been researching a ton of recipes and recently came across this recipe for brownies. After reading all the outstanding reviews I knew I needed to make them for my family and try them out myself.

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of almond butter. You can make your own if you want to save a few bucks.
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated or chopped zucchini. I used a shredder and then chopped it up into really small pieces.
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips. I used gluten free chocolate chips.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix everything together.
  3. Pour into a greased 9x9 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
So how in the world do flourless zucchini brownies taste you may be wondering? They are the BEST brownies EVER--prepare yourself. My husband, who now thinks he is a food critic said, "The zucchini was subtle and not overpowering and they melt in your mouth." Haha I love it. He knows that I am going to put what he says into my blog (I have actually not posted recipes based on what he has said) so I think he tries to get all fancy with his critique. I will be making these again very soon.

157 comments:

Jordan Holt said...

I would love to know the estimated carb-count. Typically, I wouldn't care because a brownie is a brownie, but my newfound Type 1 Diagnosis demands carb-counting rigor. Those look delicious!

Tonia L said...

I've never heard of the Paleo Diet but the brownies look AH-MAZING!!

Lindsay said...

One of my friends is strictly paleo and she loves it. I'll have to pass this along to her (and maybe try these out for myself). They look so yummy and moist!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

I've never heard of that diet - but I'm definitely looking into it! :) Thanks for sharing!

Makaila said...

they look and sound fantastic Lindsay! I am recently trying to eat more "wholistic" as my mother would say.. I think it's now called the Paleo Diet. :)

Nicole Hedden said...

they look AMAZING! I am definitely going to try this!

Nicole Hedden said...

Oh... Quick question, looks like you peeled the skin off the zucchini first... Does it make a difference?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Nicole- I shredded the zucchini first and then chopped it up into really small pieces. You definitely want it to be chopped up.

Stephanie said...

Ian cracks me up! Maybe next time I come up you can make a batch and I can see what creative words I can come up with for the brownies.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Haha! Funny about your husband. I actually work for a school that focuses on alternative medicine and this is exactly the type of diet they encourage! Eat like our ancestors did!

natasha {schue love} said...

Ooo how interesting!! Totally want to try these! Yum!

Mandee said...

I just read The Paleo Solution book! It was great, and I think it makes a lot of sense to go back to what our ancestors did. It is so tough though! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It looks awesome and I will for sure be trying it!

The Popes said...

We make brownies with black beans and spinach that blow my mind! They are only good cold though and there is nothing I love more than a HOT from the oven brownie! Are these good hot?? I just planted our zucchini plants so these are pinned!

Lindsay said...

Oh wow, this sounds too good to be true! I have got to try it! They look amazing!

Lauren said...

Oh wow this definitely not a recipe I would have imagined but I can totally see how it would be awesome. After all, zucchini bread is amazing and so moist!

Anna Elder said...

Haha, your husband. Hilarious. Have you checked out the blog paleo nom nom? It's great and where I did all my reading when I was trying to talk my husband into eating paleo. He refuses to give up cheese. But, other than that we do eat paleo quite a bit just because it's also what's healthy. I'm going to have to try to make these while the husband isn't home and then have him try them before I tell him what's in them. Haha

Emily said...

Yummmm... I always love seeing your "swing" on recipes! It's always such an inspiration to try new things!! Thanks for sharing! :)

JM said...

I'm so intrigued by these! The only solution is to bake some this weekend...

sherri lynn said...

Wow these look so moist! I usually make my brownies from a box haha because I think they're better than homemade, but these look really good! I like all of the natural ingredients you used. Also, I bake with zucchini a lot and we always like it - I've just never put it in brownies!

Alexa said...

Oh my goodness Lindsay. Your husband cracks me up. My husband critics all of the fashion posts I do, which is both ridiculous and kind of funny. He thinks he's a good critic of women's clothing trends. But anyway. The brownies really do look amazing. Maybe I'll see what Matt says!

Diane said...

Just made these today - my house smells delicious and they taste great! I just used the smallest holes on my box grater for the zucchini and it was a snap.

Meg {henninglove} said...

these look yummy lindsay!! i have been hearing paleo everywhere maybe i'll look more into it or just try out these brownies just because they look amazing

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

Need to make these, they look delicious!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

These sound amazing! And I love what your husband said, LOL!!
Jo-Anna

Joanne said...

This is going to be my next cooking project, we are a gluten free family.

Katie said...

WOW! making these babies for mother's day!!
XOXO,KT
TheSouthernBeautyNerd

Unknown said...

I found this on pinterest and they were amazing! I was wondering if you ever tried to make these with peanut butter instead of almond butter? Great recipe!

Laura said...

I'm also wondering if you can use peanut butter instead of almond butter. My husband has an allergy to almonds & gluten. Thanks

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Unknown and Laura- You could definitely use peanut butter instead of almond butter.

Irie Star said...

So I made these today with homemade pecan butter. They are delicious! However I would really call them more of a chocolate chip zucchini cake. I kept wondering how it would really be a brownie with no chocolate in the actual cake part. I would definitely add some cocoa powder to the cake batter next time for more chocolatey-ness. Might mean adding a tad more honey or egg but would be worth it.

Kate @type1momma.com said...

omg, omg omg. I made these today to try and quiet my end of pregnancy sweet tooth a little bit and they did NOT disappoint! WOW!

A few tweaks I did - I used mini dark chocolate chips and cut it to 3/4 cup. I added 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder to the batter along with 1 dropperful of chocolate liquid stevia. I cut the honey to 1/4 cup - may even cut to 1/8 cup next time? I baked in a 8x13 pan for about 55 minutes. Ooey, gooey right out of the oven, thank you!!!

Kate
type1momma.com

Bestie said...

these sound amazing - and i am all about skipping the flour right now!

heather caroline said...

wow, can't wait to try it!!

~Heather
RestlessOasis.blogspot.com

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

I have been leaning towards trying out the Paelo diet, but I may have to start small :) I had no idea you could make such yummy treats without using any processed ingredients...definitely giving these a try!

Chris and Amanda said...

Are you sure you didn't add cocoa powder? Lol.. Your batter looks so much darker than mine!

Alisha said...

I just made these and they're REALLY good. I'm GF so always looking for a good GF dessert recipe. Thanks! The only issue I had is that my chocolate chips sank to the bottom so all of the chocolate is... on the bottom! I notice you used tiny little chips though so maybe yours melted faster. Mine were big. Maybe I'll melt & cool them a little first? Do you think that'd change it too much?

Alisha said...

Oh, AND for those who were wondering, I left the skins on my zuchinni, just like I do when I make zuchinni bread (in my pre-GF life) & it was great!

kristyn said...

Made these yesterday and they turned out great! Even my husband was impressed (and as a processed food junky, he is hard to please). I too left the skin on the zucchini and used a grater. Also, I cut down on the honey and it still turned out great. Thinking I might add some cocoa powder next time just to see how it turns out. Thank you so much for sharing!

Mo said...

Is there any alternative to using the honey? What about using granulated stevia or splenda? Anyone know? I also would probably use sunflower seed butter since my boyfriend has a nut allergy. Regardless, these look AMAZING!

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mags&lou said...

Mmmm this are going in the recipe box! I'm a total chocoholic! Love this healthy version of brownies! Thanks.

Saguna said...

I made a version of this yesterday!

This recipe looked so gorgeous but I was craving cupcakes so I adapted them- swing by my blog fictionsfactsfractiousness.blogspot.com for the recipe! :)

Jean said...

Do you have to use raw honey? or will regular processed honey still do the job?

mvcolmer said...

These look delicious!!! Do you know what the nutritional value would be? Thanks

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Bethany said...

I just made these! They are really good! I used regular honey (bc I didn't have raw) and I did 1.5 times the whole recipe and used a 9x13 pan. It worked perfect.

I was wondering if you knew the calorie count on these? And the net carb count? Would be much appreciated. THANKS SO MUCH for the recipe!

Bethany said...

I did some math and thought I would post the calorie count for anyone else who is interested. (note: I used regular semi-sweet choc chips, not gluten-free. I also made 1.5 times this recipe and used a 9x13 pan which yielded 18 brownies)

In each brownie there was approx. 220 calories. Not too bad! Thanks again! Love this recipe!

littlepurpleroom said...

WOW I made these the other day and I was BLOWN AWAY by how good they are. I cut the cinnamon in half, left out the nutmeg, used agave nectar, added 2 big teaspoons of dark cocoa powder and some crushed walnuts on top. We had a little taste after dinner but just a bite and they were good, but after a night in the fridge BOY OH BOY!!! Even my husband who HATES squash could not believe me when I guinea pigged him and told him what was in them after he had a bite.
Thank you so much for posting.

littlepurpleroom said...

Oh I forgot to say I used all natural peanut butter.

Welcome said...

Gotta try! Paleo sounds right up my alley! macro biotic. Love to try these Brownies and love the idea of no flour: )

esther said...

wow. since I am gluten free I will try these for sure!!! thanks!!!

Iryna said...

could I somehow substitute chocolate chips with cocoa powder?

Susan said...

I just made these yesterday, and they were very good, but mine were quite oily on the bottom, has anyone else noticed this? I used an all natural no stir almond butter, also my chips all sank to the bottom so mine were kind of like a blondie with a layer of chocolate. Still good though. I think because of the oilyness i had i thought mine tasted better cold. A great healthy recipe that i will definitely be making again and again.

Gluten Free Mama said...

I made these but instead of 1/3 cup honey, I used 1/4 cup and a few drops of stevia. I also used yellow squash instead of zucchini, and I didn't have any chocolate chips on hand so I used 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1/4 cup homemade hazlenut/chocolate butter in addition to the 1 cup peanut butter. Lots of substitutions, hoping it turns out good. The batter looks the right consistency and smells delish! :)

Mandy Castro said...

I made these tonight for a cookout and they turned out great!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Flora said...

Just made these tonight for an event tomorrow. They are delicious! I just substituted the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips...I don't know if they will last until tomorrow haha

Alecia Jean said...

I was wondering is there a substitute for almond butter? (Not peanut butter)
I'm allergic on both counts!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Alecia Jean- You could try using sunflower seed butter or cashew butter.

RachelWest86 said...

Jordan Holt - I just entered the recipe on www.myfitnesspal.com, and if you slice the 9x9 pan into 9 brownies, there are 32 carbs per brownie. =)

This looks and sounds super-yummy, and I will definitely be giving it a try soon!

Sarah S said...

I used the SparkPeople recipe calculator to estimate the nutrition data on these. Assuming you cut 16 brownies, each one has about 200 calories, 17 net carbs, 2g fiber. Can't wait to try them!

Alice said...

These were pretty good, made the whole thing in the food processor. Like others said, my chips went to the bottom, so all the chocolate was there. If you don't need to be GF or aren't doing paleo, these aren't any healthier than traditional brownies, just slightly higher protein. Here's the breakdown.

This recipe per serving (@12 servings total)
260 cal, 19g fat, 24 carbs, 5g protein, 2g fiber

Traditional recipe per serving (@12 servings total) 220 cal, 11g fat, 29g carbs, 3g protein, 1g fiber

Taylor Arkush said...

I just made these and they are yummy. They don't look anything like your picture though which is disappointing because yours look so chocolatey and delicious! Mine turned out more like chocolate chip zucchini bread bars. I'm wondering how this happened because I followed the recipe exactly! Except I used Tollhouse dark chocolate chips, which didn't melt so maybe this is part of the problem. Do you remember what brand GF dark chips you used? I also baked in a 9x13 brownie pan and they were done in about 27 minutes. Thanks for the yummy Paleo recipe! I am interested in experimenting again to achieve a more chocolatey and brownie like result!

glojo said...

These turned out perfect. I ate one warm, and it was great. The chocolate was pretty evenly distributed. I used a mix of organic, fair trade, dark and bittersweet chocolate chips and they melted just fine. I followed the recipe exactly, shredded then chopped the zuke really fine, used a 9X9 glass pan and baked for 45 minutes. They came out somewhat cakey rather than fudgey, so if you are a fudge brownie lover, you might not like these so much. However, so good that it's hard to believe there's no flour in them. I'm wondering if the pan makes a difference in how they turn out (chocolate only on the bottom/oily). Thanks to all for posting the calorie and carb count -- helped rein in my desire to eat the whole pan :)

Unknown said...

I just had to make these brownies for our upcoming road trip. I didn't have any almond butter, nor did I believe they would be chocolatey enough. So, I used natural peanut butter to which I added a 1/2 cup of dry cocoa. Also, because we are leaving on vacation soon and I'm trying to use up ingredients in the house, I used the entire bag of chocolate chips (so as to not have leftovers). I also didn't have any raw honey, so I used just regular honey. Anyway, so far so good. They are delicious! I would, however, in the future use less cinnamon and nutmeg.

EVERYTHINGSDIAMOND said...

can I use agave nectar instead of honey?

Keri: NashvilleBrat.com said...

I used cacao powder and cacao nibs instead of the chocolate chips and then sprinkled the top with coconut sugar. Wow, these were good. Thanks for the recipe. Love your site!!

Gina said...

Is there supposed to be cocoa in the ingredients for these brownies. The picture looks like some cocoa powder can be seen but I don't see it listed? I can't figure out how they would look like brownies without the cocoa??? But maybe I'm missing it? I really want to make these soon but wanted to check to see if cocoa should be used and how much?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Gina- cocoa was not used in this recipe. Only ingredients used were the ones I listed.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Gina- cocoa was not used in this recipe. Only ingredients used were the ones I listed.

zandra said...

Just made these tonight! SUPER YUMMY! I have been paleo for around 4 months now and this was my first dessert. It tasted more like a gingerbread with chocolate chips, rather than brownies, but I still loved it. I just adored how moist they were.

One Lucky Girl said...

I made these last night and absolutely LOVED them!!! I am a chocolate finatic, so I was skeptical....but YUM! THANK YOU sooooo much for posting the recipe!

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Amy Pennington said...

Amazing, thanks so much. substitute for the egg?

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Liz Ford said...

They look so moist!! I'm drooling!!

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Unknown said...

I doubted you but this recipe really works. I put the zucchini and chocolate chips in the food processor together and they turned out exactly like a brownie. My kids love them and this will be our summer brownie recipe from now on! I'm amazed...completely amazed.

thebakerbrown said...

I made these last night and oh my goodness they are delicious!

Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

Must.Try.Immediately!

Unknown said...

I added 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder and about 4 tbsp. coffee granules (I know this is not paleo), very good. Would like to figure out how to make more chewy rather than cakey, but still fabulous.

Caitlin said...

Just made these - they are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy said...

I found your recipe on pinterest, made them, and loved them! Thank you!

Beastie said...

Just great. Firts time I bake anything without flour. My familly was happy with the result. Only, the yfound it too sweet. Next time I should reduce the amount of honey. Thanks for it.

BeccaG said...

I made these once and then tried 2 other zucchini and/or black bean brownie recipes and these are BY FAR THE BEST!!! Delicious and full of good-for-you ingredients. Thanks for a great recipe!

Sarah Simber Bils said...

Ooooh thank god for paleo desserts!!!! Just picked up the ingredients!!!

anneconover said...

I was skeptical but made these today. They are not sweet enough for me, and too dark-chocolatey. I even added more honey and less chocolate. The texture was nice though and you cannot tell zucchini is in there. I used the smallest holes on my box grater. Perfect way to do it. May try again with milk chocolate chips. I know, I know...

Dionca said...

OMG! Delicious! I just made them and instead of the chocolate chips used 1/4c broken chocolate bar (all I had), and 1/2c unsweetened cocoa powder!

I cannot freak out about this enough!

SO MOIST! SO CHOCOLATELY! SO DE-FRIGGIN-LICIOUS!

jdb1984 said...

Just made these brownies last night and they were to DIE for. Everyone really liked them and they are so unbelievably moist! This recipe is certainly a keeper.

Charlotte said...

Saw these on pinterest and made them last night. They're very good, but I think the comments made me expect something even better. They're chocolatey and nice to eat, but we thought they still taste very healthy, not like a regular brownie. And we don't eat any junk food and we severely limit sugar/honey consumption, so we eat a lot of healthy, less sweet treats. But these are worth making, just not as unbelievably delicious to us as they were to others!

MKS said...

I just made these and they are fabulous! I did add about 1/4 cup of dark cocoa powder to the recipe. You picture looks like it must have cocoa powder in it, but it is not listed in the ingredients. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

Suzanne Anderson - YIKES! Studio said...

Made today and they are fantastic! I also added 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Thank you so much for this recipe!

jjflamingo said...

I just made this, after specifically buying (what I thought was) zucchini yesterday. As it turns out, it was cucumber. I was already halfway into the recipe, so I made them anyway. Even though the smell was still cucumber-y , they did not taste like anything but chocolate brownies. I did add a few more choc. chips just in case. My kids were totally grossed out about the whole idea of any veggies in the dessert, so I get to eat all of them with my husband, lol. I made my own almond butter from your recipe, too. Thank you!

zainab said...

Hi!!!

I love your blog and I really want to use some of your recipes to cook for my family. This recipe, for example, seems soo right to try. But, I'm not sure I can get "raw honey" from stores in my country. How can I replace it?? Please answer me.

Amber Nixon said...

These are AMAZING!!! Very moist and just enough sweetness. I cut the cinnamon in half and it was still very tasty.

Unknown said...

Did anyone come up with a vegan version? Is there an egg substitute?

Unknown said...

Did anyone come up with a vegan version? Is there an egg substitute?

nana said...

I loved, loved, loved these brownies. I made them for my non-Paleo friends, and had to share your recipe with them.
I used GF dark choc mini chips, and they were perfect..

Olga M said...

Great recipe! I made it this past week and my family loved it.

I have an egg allergy so I substitute chia seeds. 1 Tbsp chia seed + 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg (mix the chia and water in a small bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it gels).

Anonymous said...

I am making these for the second time, they are very yummy.

Erica Martin said...

I make these each week to satisfy my sweet tooth, and I bake them in a muffin tin so they're portioned out. My only tweak to the recipe is that I add fresh chocolate mint to the recipe to spice it up a bit. Thanks you, I love this recipe!

Julisuz said...

Those who asked about a vegan egg substitute, I made these today using a flax egg and they turned out amazing! I added a bit of carob powder and used pb instead of almond butter, plus a bit less sweetener. SO good!

Toni Jensen said...

I just made these and they are delicious! Amazing recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. For those of you who are using gluten free dark chocolate chips where are you buying them? The local markets don't carryt them. I guess I'd have to shop at trader Joes, or any organic store to see if they sell them! :

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Toni Jensen- I use Enjoy Life Chocolate chips. I buy them from my local health food store. Here is the website if you can not find them locally: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com

caseyportman said...

Just wanted to stop in and say I made these for the first time this weekend and they were awesome! I just used my regular box grater for the zucchini and everything turned out great. Probably helps that I have some fabulous raw honey from the farmer's market. To the commenters above, no they are not like "regular" brownies, but for a Paleo-er, they are delicious and perfect! I linked to your blog when I posted about these - hope that's okay. Thanks again for this recipe! :)

Anonymous said...

Did u peel it first?? The question was asked and ur answer was to shred & chop. But did u peel it first???.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I did peel them first but it would not really matter if you left the skin on.

Rayna Bryan said...

I like to mix a "regular" diet with a lot of gluten free, vegan, and paleo recipes. I like to bake with veggies and in our house brownies are the preferred dessert so i'm going to make a batch of these.

Cebon said...

So...I have been searching high and low for a Paleo brownie recipe that didn't taste horrid, and this is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I pinned it, and plan to make it this weekend for my son when he comes home!

B said...

Cooling on my stovetop as I write....already got a compliment on the smell.

Bronwyn said...

I've made it - http://www.madebybronwyn.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/i-make-stuff-all-time-but-not-all-of-it.html - really good. Amazing cakey texture. Maybe not as attractive as yours, but no complaints on the taste!

Anne said...

I just made a batch (without the zucchini), and all I can say is YUMMIE! Tasted even good before I put it in the oven. Mouthwatering, melt in your mouth goodness. ;)

Anonymous said...

So Tasty, My boyfriend raved! and then helped himself to thirds.

Leah said...

So I've made these four times I think since I found this recipe a couple weeks ago. Thank you so much! <3

Anonymous said...

Made this and they are sooooo good! I made by own almond butter using cocoa almonds! Thanks for sharing and happy eating!

Bridget said...

Would substituting cacao nibs for the chocolate chips be a bad idea? I just made your almond butter (yum!) and would love to try this recipe. ;)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Bridget- I have only tried gluten free chocolate chips with this recipe so I am not sure exactly how cacao nibs would work, but you can always experiment and then let me know how it goes! :)

Bridget said...

Thanks Lindsay! I used the cacao nibs and the recipe turned out just as delicious! Not as chocolatey, but still gooey and brownie-ish! ;) I have been going crazy making all of your recipes lately and ALL of them have turned out great. I have a number of food allergies and your recipes make me feel like I can eat "normal" food again. Thank you for your wonderful site!

Anonymous said...

I use chopped up 72% chocolate and melt half of it and leave the other half as chunks. It makes it a little more chocolatier throughout (and the choco chips have never sunnk to the bottom). These are requested by my paleo AND non paleo friends! Thank you for sharing :-)

Karielyn said...

Hi! I made a vegan version of your recipe and it was awesome...you are my new best friend! lol Here is a link to it if you have any vegan readers that would like to try it out: http://thehealthyfamilyandhome.com/vegan-flourless-zucchini-brownies/ Thanks for the recipe! :)

Pamela Merritt said...

I'm so happy with this recipe, it is absolutely delicious. Even Fussy Husband likes it!

I'm a long time lowcarber as well as Paleo, so I'll tweak it a bit more to make it more low carb, but thank you for such a fantastic idea!

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jennie cornell said...

Thank you for this recipe. Made for my family and they were a huge hit.

Anonymous said...

These are amazing!

Juliette said...

Thank you for a way to satisfy my brownie craving, healthfully! I did as one post said, and added a dropper of liquid stevia (I used vanilla) and 2 Tbspns. cocoa powder. Divine! They rose up high, and were so moist and perfect. My daughter, age 8, did notice the zucchini because she saw the green flecks, so peeling first is wise if you have a picky eater in the house. Bravo! More recipes like this, please!

Teffy said...

I made these brownies for a charity bake sale and they were a HUGE hit! thank you so much =)

here is how they turned out
http://teffysperks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/almost-everything-but-chocolate-free.html

Teffy Xxx

Anonymous said...

Made these for a get together last night and everyone loved them!!! So easy too!!

Letha said...

Has anyone made these with agave or stevia instead of honey do lower the glycemic effect, they sound incredible but that would help my belly

RachelWest86 said...

I make these all the time, and one of my co-workers recently reviewed them for me. (I think he should quit being an attorney and take up being a food critic.)

"Yum-o. The variety of textures emphasizes the gooeyness of the chocolate chips as little pockets of bliss (sigh). And to think that something so tasty and satisfying to one’s sweet tooth contains a vegetable (or fruit but who’s being technical)! Is this brownie also good for us? Get outta town…"

Sarah Janicek said...

Made these last night. Such a hit!

Anonymous said...

What can I substitute for almond butter?

Andrea said...

I have been making these for months now. Probably at least 10 times. This is my go-to homemade sweet treat and we love them! I snicker to myself as I watch my kids gobble them up, they have no idea they are eating zucchini!!

I made these yesterday and did a few tweaks and it turned out one of the most fudgey brownies I have made. Here is what I did:
1. Processed the zucchini in a food processor before mixing ingredients together.
2. Used crunchy almond butter (which is thicker than the more runny, creamy version - this creates a thicker texture in the finished product).
3. Melted the chocolate chips before mixing into the batter. The chocolate chips I use are really big (Ghirardheli dark) and always ended up at the bottom of the brownies, leaving the top less chocolaty and more zucchini-y. The chocolate goodness was incorporated into every bite and it was amazing! I might have (accidentally hehe) used a little more than 1 cup of the chips.

Anyway, they were PERFECT! I plan on fooling people with these very soon.

Anonymous said...

I wish there was always a 'print recipe' option on recipies. I don't have a laptop and I don't want to print everyone's comments with the recipies.

Bridge said...

These brownies sound beyond divine..Never seen this combo before!
Thanks for posting, definitely will have to try :)

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if it would be possible to freeze these? (If they last that long!)

Paulette Brown said...

Can you use raw cacao powder or the cacao nibs in place of the dark chocolate chips?

Paulette Brown said...

can you substitute raw cacao powder or cacao nibs in place of the dark chocolate chips?

Anonymous said...

I have had these a couple times - AWESOME! I am not Paleo Diet but I cant have wheat, soy, processed sugar, cow dairy to name a few - love the brownies and the website!

C said...

I have been on a quest for the perfect brownie for a couple of years now. But I wanted one that was not chock full of white sugar, white flour and ideally, gluten free. I tried them with black beans, applesauce and various gluten free flours but NONE, I repeat NONE, turned out as indescribably delicious as these. The first time I made them I didn't have a full cup of almond butter so I added 1/2 c almond butter with 1/2 c mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread and they were equally great. I think they are the best cold out of the fridge. Now that summer's here and the zucchini are multiplying like rabbits, I have been making them a couple of times a week. I am not a formally educated cook so I totally don't get how they come out so great using the nut butter instead of flour, but kudos to you momma, this deserves some sort of award!!

Liz cranmer said...

I just made these tonight. It took me 2 tries lol...
I used peanut butter instead of almond butter and I put 1 1/2 tsp of coco powder and only used 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. I shredded the zucchini with my food processor then put everything in my food processor (even the chocolate chips) then got a 9x9 pan and lined it with wax paper (way easier to get out!) and baked it for 35mins on 350. I wish I could post a picture !

Anonymous said...

is there nutritional info on these they look amazing!!

Unknown said...

I made these exactly per the recipe, even the same type of choc chips and chopped the zucchini after shredding it (let it drain a bit first and squeezed out some of the liquid). The brownies were quite fudgy and my picky teenage daughters (and I) all loved them.

Amy said...

Absolutely wonderful!

Amy said...

absolutely wonderful!!!

Cheri Thunstrom said...

Those look really good. I am definitely going to have to try these with the kids. I always love finding healthier alternatives, that still taste great. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Perfect timing for this recipe as I have an abundance of zucchini from my garden! Thank you from my family of brownie lovers.

Anonymous said...

It sounds amazing! Could you use this receipe and just omit the egg or does it have to be in there?

Anonymous said...

as i am on atkins diet can i add stevia instead of honey and cocoa powder instead of choc chips?

Andrea R said...

My son is allergic to almonds -- i would assume substituting sunbutter is fine as it is a similar consistency but what about black bean puree? i have heard of brownies made from black beans.

Anonymous said...

I made these today for desert, and they were SO GOOD! I peeled the zuchini first, then grated it. My three year old son had like three helpings. But with no sugar, juist raw honey, this is the best treat ever. All of the chocolate chips melted, I didn't see any left at the top, like in your photo. They truly tasted like brownies, soft and chocolatey. Great for kids! A great recipe find, thanks!

Meissa TwentyOneTwelve said...

THESE are in my oven as I type. They smell soooo gooood!!!

Meissa TwentyOneTwelve said...

Uh, hands down. I'm not making brownies any other way from now on.

desprice said...

Brownies came out beautifully =D Had to make a few replacements due to food allergies. I used a mix of Justins Organic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazlenut Butter http://www.justins.com/, instead of almond butter. In addition to my almond allergy, I can't eat raw honey - so I used organic Agave Nectar and a 1/2 cup of organic raw sugar. All in all I liked this recipe. The brownies were very moist and tasty. I baked them for co-workers, so doing my best not to eat to many before I get them to work! Nice recipe =D

Dee Luvzu said...

Brownies came out delicious! I substitued chocolate chips with cacao nips. I don't even feel guilty about eating this for my mid morning snack. Thank you for posting!!!!

ashley eldredge said...

I am on a grain-free sugar-free diet right now, and these brownies are perfect!! My siblings and mom are gluten free, and they also love them! Thank you so much :D

Anonymous said...

I made this today using all the same ingredients except I chopped dark chocolate bcuz couldn't find chips. My only complaint is that it was very bitter and wish it was sweeter. Any suggestions for making it sweeter? Maybe use more honey or maybe maple syrup?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anonymous- I would suggest using the chocolate chips instead of the dark chopped chocolate next time. That might have caused your brownies to taste bitter.

Jamie Seal said...

These are truly amazing!!! My picky husband ate almost the whole pan! Thank you so much for sharing!

zahraa said...

I made these brownies and they turned out absolutely DELICIOUS!!! My kids loved them and this recipe will be a staple brownies recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!!! xo :)

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