These little beauties are a Zobird’s twist based on a post on my new favourite blog Yammie’s Noshery! Her nblog is amazing…mostly because she does lots of naughty treats, totally indulgent and off-the-calorific-scale! Something I hugely approve of! Yet she posted this up recently and I thought ‘Why not?!’ Tiki G is a firm believer that vegetables shoudl not be in cake and as a result has a total aversion to carrot cake…much to my dismay! However I was determined to sneak some some manner of vegetable in to cake and prove him wrong. My school buddy Nicola has been declaring her love for courgette based edibles for a while so this seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl.Obviously this recipe is based on Yammie’s but I’ve added a few twists and made my own apple sauce to start just to make it as low in sugar content as I could. If you choose to make these delicious delights with both nuts and frosting, you’re looking at about 120cals per brownie…and they’re pretty big – this tray makes 15 and I was surprised at the proportion you got for cal-count!
Give them a go, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Apple Sauce Ingredients
- 2 apples
- 2tbsp sugar
- 100ml water
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 cups courgette-grated
- the above made apple sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup light soft brown sugar
- 2/3rds cup of wholemeal flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2tsp vanilla essence
- 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 50g mixed nuts
- Frosting made from 60g dark chocolate and 1 and 1/2tbsp smooth peanut butter
Bake at 160degrees for 35mins – a skewer should be inserted to check but be aware that these are very moist , so you are looking for a clean moist end of the skewer with no gunky mix on it!
These brownies got a great reaction at work, mostly it was surprise at how good they taste despite the lack of butter and oil and the reduced sugar content. Why not give them a try and see for yourself…Plus seen as they are reduced in calorific content surely that means you can consume double the amount…right?!!