71 Calorie Brownies

Let us be abundantly clear right from the top here: these are NOT health food. There’s too much sugar in there to qualify as “healthy”. What they are, however, are homemade brownies with reduced calories that contain no scary, fake ingredients.

 

Zucchini puree takes the place of butter or oil, making use of seasonal produce while cutting fat and adding some veggie. You won’t taste it. Promise. My husband absolutely BALKS at zucchini bread, but didn’t notice the zuke in the brownies at all.

 

71 Calorie Brownies

 

  • 1/2 cup pureed zucchini*
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

 

Mix zucchini puree and both sugars together. Beat in egg. (Do not be alarmed by the color! It’s scary, I know. The cocoa powder will fix everything.)

Add in salt, baking powder, and vanilla.

Mix in cocoa powder until smooth and no longer creepy green.

Gradually add flours and stir until combined.

Pour batter into greased 8″x8″ square pan and scatter chocolate chips over the top.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

When cooled, cut into 16 two-inch squares.

 

*It took about 2 cups of shredded zucchini to yield 1/2 cup puree for me. For the smoothest puree, it’s best to cook the zucchini a bit before blending. This can be done in a pot on the stove for about 20 minutes or in a slow cooker for a few hours.

 

These brownies aren’t quite as fudge-y as my beloved Small Pan, Big Taste Brownies, but they definitely satisfy a sweet tooth or chocolate craving. And for those who are counting calories, these are a big step up from the packaged varieties you can find at the store. :)

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