Except for a few days in late June/early July, it hasn’t been a terribly hot summer here in Utah. I have a rule of not turning my oven on if it’s above 90 degrees — luckily I haven’t had to follow my rule much. This means I get to bake more.
It’s also zucchini season. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience for a garden, but I do take full advantage of the zucchini my mother-in-law grows.
Let’s not kid ourselves, we all really know what zucchini is for: baking. Shredded or grated zucchini in bread, muffins, or brownies doesn’t really alter the taste, yet adds a health benefit.
Personally, I love zucchini bread, but I wanted to find a way to make it more portable — something that could easily be brought as a snack during a road trip or plane ride, maybe to International Convention. See, I’m really thinking about you, here.
By switching out some ingredients from a zucchini bread recipe and using a mini muffin tin, zucchini brownie bites are a delicious way to incorporate a great vegetable into a tasty snack.
Zucchini Brownie Bites (makes about 48 bites)
- 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 c. natural peanut butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 1/2 c. finely shredded zucchini
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 egg whites
- 1 c. whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips (optional)
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the applesauce, peanut butter, egg yolk, shredded zucchini and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites together with a handheld mixer or wire whisk and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Alternately add the egg whites and flour mixture to the zucchini mixture. Mix in optional chocolate chips.
- Scoop batter into oiled, or lined, mini muffin tins. Bake at 350˚F for 15 minutes. If you’re using regular muffin tins, bake for 20 minutes.
If you’re really trying to cut back on sugar, try using a mashed ripe banana, agave nectar or pure maple syrup instead. Also, I don’t recommend using chocolate chips if you’re going to be somewhere where these zucchini brownie bites have the potential to melt.
Nutritional information (per bite):
- 35 calories
- 0.8 g fat
- 6.3 g carbohydrates
- 0.6 g fiber
- 3.8 g sugar
- 1.2 g protein
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