Woo, it's Secret Recipe Club time again! This month I had Ambition's Kitchen, a blog run by Kelli, a stay-at-home momma from Utah. She's all about trying new things in the kitchen and actually sitting down to eat healthy meals with her family.
I spent a pretty good chunk of time perusing Kelli's blog, even going as far back into the archives as August 2010! I had a few things in mind to make, but when I came upon her recipe for Zucchini Brownies, I knew I had found a winner. See, I have this vague memory of a chocolate zucchini cake from my youth... like from when I was maybe 5 years old. I haven't had chocolate zucchini anything since then, but in this memory, I really loved this cake. The prospect of a dessert that brought together chocolate and zucchini was exactly what I wanted to make. (Somehow I missed this recipe, but I will have to give it a try too.)
I'd definitely agree with Kelli that this is more of a cake than a brownie. It's delicious, but I underestimated how much zucchini I needed, so my cake wasn't quite as moist as Kelli described her version to be. Don't worry, I still ate half the pan myself and may have accidentally left it at home instead of bringing it on my trip to Toronto to share with N. Just so we're clear - 3 cups of zucchini is roughly 3 whole zucchinis! Don't try to substitute spinach for that extra cup. Do go make this!
Zucchini Brownies / CakeFrom Ambition's Kitchen
2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
1/4 cup coconut oil (I melted mine since I keep it in the fridge, can also use Canola oil)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups finely grated zucchini (don't squeeze out any of the moisture) - this is 3 whole zucchini
3/4 bag semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350°F
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside. Mix all wet ingredients into medium bowl. Add contents of medium bowl into large bowl and mix well (I had to work pretty hard to combine everything). Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. (Mine were almost burnt at 30 minutes, so keep an eye on these.)