Serves 6 – 8
A beautifully moist and rich chocolate treat that’s full of goodness
I’ve used zucchini to make raw dips and zoodles. I’ve roasted them, baked them and eaten them raw. Because of their bland taste they are easy to mold into anything you want them to be, like these delicious brownies. Zucchini are particularly great for making cakes because their high water content makes it easy to achieve a moist cake. I also used Medicinal Flower Extracts because they are high quality extracts with such a range of flavors to choose from and xylitol from birch sap to reduce the sugar load.
- 1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup gluten-free, all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup light buckwheat flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup plant based milk
- 1/2 cup apple sauce (or apple puree)
- 7 drops Medicinal Flower Vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup raw coconut sugar
- 1/16 tsp pure stevia powder
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
1. Heat your oven to 180 C (around 350 F).
2. Combine all your flours in a bowl with the baking powder and cacao or cocoa, and xylitol and stevia, plus salt and flax meal. Mix.
3. Add water and plant-based milk (I used almond milk) and mix until incorporated well. Add the vanilla extract, apple sauce, and the coconut oil last, mixing with your spatula.
4. Pour into a baking tin and bake for around 25 minutes. (You need to check, if you have an oven that has not been calibrated in a long time it may take a little longer.)
5. Add the optional chocolate chips just before baking.
6. Serve while still warm for maximum impact.
Copyright © by Sophie Navita
Sophie is an Indonesian TV host/actor/singer who is also a certified plant-based professional chef and soon a registered nutritionist. If you don't see her on stage, she is usually teaching healthfood classes or consulting and helping clients improve their diet. A happy mother of two boys. And a big Friend of Fivelements.