Dec 3, 2014

Recipe: Low Sugar, Low Fat Vegan Brownies - With A Hidden Ingredient!

These superfood brownies will blow your tastebuds away while astounding you with their healthiness.

They're low carb, low sugar, low fat, whole grain, and vegan - plus the fats that they do have are heart healthy and come loaded with fiber and minerals!


Oh yeeeeeah, chia seeds. And dark chocolate. And, um, there's...zucchini.

No, no, NO, don't run away! Don't close your browser! I swear these are every bit as delicious as they are healthy.


Vegan Superfood Brownies
Serves 12

* 2 Tbsp. Nutiva White Chia Seeds
* 6 Tbsp. Water
* 3 Tbsp. NuNaturals NoCarbs Blend Stevia
* 1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
* 1/2 Cup Hershey's Baking Cocoa
* 1.5 tsp. Baking Soda
* 0.25 tsp. Salt
* 2 medium zucchini, grated (if you're facing some really veggie-phobic snackers, peel the zucchini as well - it brings down the nutrition value/fiber content a bit, but makes the zucchini invisible and undetectable by taste, too)
* 1.5 Cup Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

1) Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8"x8" pan.

2) Mix chia seeds and water in a large bowl. Let sit for five minutes, until thickened.

3) Add vanilla extract, stevia, and apple sauce. Mix well. 

4) In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Mix very well, so completely combined into a uniform powder!

3) Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients gradually, stirring gently. Don't over mix!

4) Gently fold grated zucchini into the batter. 

5) Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips - again, don't over mix! Over mixing will overwork the flour and make your brownies tough.

6) Pour the batter into the prepared pan, creating a smooth surface with the back of your spoon/spatula.

7) Sprinkle remaining half cup of chocolate chips on top, more or less evenly.

8) Bake for 30-35 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test. Since this is a brownie, you'll still have some chocolatey goodness sticking to the toothpick (it won't be all the way clean) but you shouldn't have big globs of gloppy batter on the toothpick.


9) Cool, then slice.



Enjoy!

Store in the fridge, because they have a high moisture content!




That is, assuming there's anything left to store. These are delicious and completely guilt-free (also, so allergen-friendly - no eggs, no dairy, and no added sugar for the diabetics). 

They'll be gone in a blink! Even the picky nine year old said she couldn't tell there was any zucchini - they're yummy! She was super skeptical earlier, when she saw me grating two zucchinis into the batter. Oops!

Have you ever tried zucchini brownies?

Does anyone in your household have dietary limitations?

What's your favorite hidden veggie recipe?

1 comments:

  1. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:
    http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

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