The other kind of magic brownies

Zen cat wants you to add zucchini to everything

These brownies are so good, and you’ll never believe what’s in em! (It’s zucchini.) They’re vegan, so no eggs, no butter, and only a tiny bit of oil. They’re also magic because the grated zucchini disappears while the brownies are cooking so nobody will ever know! Make em tonight!

It’s Friday night so I’ll get right to it, here is what you will need:

Magic Zucchini brownies

  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup apple sauce (or one of those individual-serve cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (I used 1 cup regular, 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 zucchinis, grated (or about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips

Start by preheating the oven to 350 and greasing your brownie pan. (about 8″ by 8″, other permutations might work, but don’t use a loaf pan, the center won’t cook properly.)

Sugar and oilStart by mixing your 3/4 cup oil with your 1 cup sugar, I used brown sugar because I was out of regular, but I think regular sugar would be better. Mix in your tsp vanilla extract.

flour and oil 2

In a second bowl whisk together your 2 cups flour (I used one of each, whole wheat and white, but use whatever you prefer) 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa powder.

stiff doughMix the wet and dry together with a wooden spoon. You’re going to get a stiff dough. Not the stiffest I’ve ever stirred, but stiff.

zucchiniNow’s the time to grate your zucchini, take two of those regular small size zucchinis, chop off the ends and grate them.

add zucchiniMix that zucchini into the stiff dough. This part might require some arm muscles.

nutsGot your arm workout for the day? Good, you’re almost done! Grab a handful of walnuts and a handful of chocolate chips, chop the walnuts and toss em both into the dough.

prepared panSlather that batter into your prepared brownie pan. You prepared that pan right? You’re not running around now looking for the right size of pan and something to grease it with right? Because that would make you a terrible baker! You should feel awful about your lack of preparedness!


Put it in the oven for about a half an hour. Until it springs back a bit when you touch it. You can also prick it with a fork and see if the tines come back clean. Depending on your oven you may need more or less time.

waitNow we wait.

Full disclosure, you’ll still see some flecks of zucchini, but for the most part they will disappear into the brownie, and the brownie will disappear into your mouth.




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