Oh yes! It’s just about that wonderful time of year when the zucchini is flourishing and everyone is trying to give it away because they yet once again grew too much! But, can you really grow too much zucchini? I mean there are just so many wonderful things to make with zucchini. So how can you have too much?! One of the top favourites in our home is a super simple and delicious grain-free zucchini brownies.
This brownie recipe is so easy, full of nutrients, and totally tastes delicious. Plus, their grain-free and nut-free, as well as have the option for egg-free. All of this makes for a great recipe to share as it’s quite allergy-friendly, which we all know is so needed today!
Versatility of Zucchini
Zucchini is actually a great veggie because of how versatile it is. It has more of a bland, mild taste and depending on how it’s being used you can’t even taste it in the recipe. It’s such a fantastic vegetable because it can be used in so many different recipes!
Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked and really, in pretty much anything. Soups, salads, burgers, cake, cookies, lasagna, and heck, even in oatmeal and used as noodles. Even within each recipe type, it can be used in different ways! For example, you can make a zucchini soup, or you can add it to a veggie soup. You can slice it thinly and top your burger with it, or you can make a veggie burger and have it as part of the mixed burger itself. It can be shredded and added to cakes and cookies to help with moisture or used as the main ingredient like a zucchini loaf. Zucchini can be diced up and put into sauce, or sliced thinly in long layers to be used in place of lasagna noodles. You get the idea!
I also love chopping them up, freezing them, and then using them in smoothies. It’s a great way to ensure getting in some extra veg…and the children don’t even know it 😉
Health Benefits of Zucchini
So now that we know how versatile of a veggie it is, why might we want to use it? Well, because, not only does it taste good, it’s full of nutrients too! It’s a great veggie, that’s technically a fruit, that’s high in both fiber and water – both of which are excellent for digestion. Here are more awesome reasons to love zucchini and add more of it to your regular diet:
- It’s full of vitamins A, B6, riboflavin, folate, K and my favourite, vitamin C
- Zucchini has some great minerals like copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and even zinc
- It’s rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, both of which are great for reducing inflammation
- They’re great for eye health due to the lutein and zeaxanthin content – both of these have been shown to improve vision and reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
All in all, it’s clearly a great addition to the diet, and super easy to incorporate too!
Grain Free Zucchini Brownies – with an egg free option
As mentioned above, zucchini can be used in just about any recipe you please, but a favourite in our house is brownies. These are incredibly easy to make as well: it all goes into one bowl! Grate, mix, pour, bake, eat!
While there are several ingredients, they are super simple ones: zucchini, nut or seed butter, sweetener, an egg, and spices. However, if you’re out of eggs, or you don’t eat them, you can easily swap it for a chia or flax egg. I also absolutely love adding medicinal mushrooms to mine; I find it’s an easy way to make them even more nutrient-dense, and nobody ever knows they’re there!
Delicious Zucchini Brownies
- 1 cup Organic sunflower seed butter – super smooth is easiest to work with Other seed or nut butter can also be used
- 1 1/2 cups Organic grated zucchini, water squeezed out the best you can
- 1/3 cup Raw Honey Organic maple syrup can also be used
- 1 Pastured, range-free farm egg *1 chia egg can be subbed for vegan – see notes
- 1 tsp Fair-trade vanilla
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 heaping tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Chaga mushroom powder Reishi, lion's mane, or other mushroom powder can also be used
- 1 Pinch Real sea salt Please no table salt
- 1 cup Organic, fair-trade bittersweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 baking pan with unbleached parchment paper or grease well
- Mix all ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a medium-size bowl
- Add in chocolate chips and mix again and then pour into the baking pan
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Once you’ve made these super simple and delicious grain-free zucchini brownies, be sure to leave me a comment below, and tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your scrumptious plate 😋