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Courgette Healthy Brownies

Recipe By Aileen Cox Blundell

Don’t let the word courgette/zucchini or healthy brownies put you off making this recipe. I promise that these gooey brownies are one of the absolute best treats I have ever made AND my kids have been non-stop trying to get me to make them again which is a great sign! Yes they are healthy brownies, yes they do contain a vegetable, but they are super delicious, so easy to make and really inexpensive too.

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Courgette

I have to say I love courgettes (zucchini for you Moms in the US). They are amazing at soaking up liquid, so when you add them to a stirfry or cottage pie they taste delicious. They are also super nutritious and contain a powerhouse of nutrients including vitamin C and tonnes of potassium. You can read more about them here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/29/good-for-you-courgettes-food-and-drink-health-and-wellbeing

When used in this healthy brownie recipe though I guarantee you will never guess there is a courgette in site. Just make sure to really squeeze as much of the liquid out before adding to the batter then they completely blend into the mixture and give these brownies a delicious texture that you are going to love.

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The secret is: Sugar-free Cocoa Powder

My 12 year old doesn’t like cacao, he thinks it makes anything chocolatey taste way too much like dark chocolate for him so you can also use cocoa powder that is unsweetened instead. Zero sugar and when the teeniest bit of sweetness is added it turns into a milk chocolate. Seriously try it with banana it is unreal! So I am now totally converted. You can buy it in the baking section and it comes in a brown tub.

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Onto the Healthy Brownies Recipe

Obviously I am biased but this is a recipe you definitely have to make especially for your Mum this Mothers Day weekend. Most toddlers love cooking too so tell them you want them to help you make your Mothers Day cake. That way they feel like they did something really love for you. Even though you are really making your own cake. It is still very very sweet.

These brownies are also super high in protein too. They contain eggs, Greek yogurt and a good topping of peanut butter too. Great for busy little toddlers, kids of all ages and Mums everywhere too.

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Nut Free alternative

If you or your baby has a nut allergy, just swap the peanut butter in the frosting for tahini and top with some toasted sunflower seeds for that lovely crunch.

Remember for smaller babies to make sure the nuts are really fine, or just leave out altogether.

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Serving Suggestion

I think they taste amazing just as they are with a little glass of milk. I also made some yummy banana nicecream and they were so delicious with that too. Or top with a little dollop of greek yogurt. The perfect match to an ooey gooey brownie EVER! Once you taste these brownies you will make them time and time again – guaranteed!

Babies want treats too! These refined sugar free courgette (zucchini) chocolate brownies topped with homemade chocolate peanut butter frosting. #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #healthytreats #zucchini

 

I can’t wait to see what you think of this healthy brownie recipe. If you make it share your photo on Instagram and tag #babyledfeeding so I can see your amazing creations.

Lots of love,

Aileen xoxo

Babies want treats too! These refined sugar free courgette (zucchini) chocolate brownies topped with homemade chocolate peanut butter frosting. #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #healthytreats #zucchini

Courgette/Zucchini Healthy Brownies

Prep time

15 minutes

Cook time

30 minutes

Servings

16 Squares

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Ingredients

Brownies

2 eggs
185ml Greek yogurt (3/4 cup)
60ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
25g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
70g (1/2 cup) plain flour
1 courgette/zucchini grated

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons milk

Finely chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, yogurt, maple syrup and butter until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the cocoa powder and flour until it forms into a batter.
  4. Use your hands to squeeze the liquid from the courgette, then add to the batter stirring well to ensure it is fully combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a baking tin lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Then leave aside to cool.
  6. To make the ganache, whip together all fo the ingredients until you have a smooth chocolate sauce.
  7. Use a spatula to spread the ganache over the top of the brownie, and finally sprinkle over the nuts.
  8. Cut into squares to serve.
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Writen by Aileen Cox Blundell - number one bestselling author, award winning blogger and Mum of 3 kiddies who all eat their veggies.

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