The batter for this healthy one-bowl brownie recipe is stirred together right in the saucepan used to melt the butter and chocolate--no mixing bowl needed and less cleanup for you. Using shredded zucchini in this healthy dessert recipe creates a tender, moist brownie with about half the amount of butter and sugar found in a classic recipe--and it's virtually undetectable in the baked brownies.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


Recipe Summary

3 hrs 50 mins
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, letting it overhang on the sides; coat with cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, add unsweetened chocolate and stir until melted. Add sugar and salt; stir until well combined. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, vigorously mixing after each addition. Fold in the flour until almost incorporated. Fold in chopped chocolate (or chips) and 1/2 cup pecans (if using) until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining pecans (if using).

  • Bake until the sides look dry and the middle is firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then lift out of the pan using the foil. Cut into 16 squares.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 25.5g; dietary fiber 2.5g; fat 12.4g; saturated fat 7.5g; cholesterol 38.7mg; vitamin a iu 225.8IU; vitamin c 1.3mg; folate 7.9mcg; calcium 16.3mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 34.5mg; potassium 128mg; sodium 49.3mg.

Reviews (4)

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and Satisfying All made in a small saucepan very chocolatey stay moist for a few days. Pros: Easy to make moist and rich! Cons: So'll want to eat them all up! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely delicious and very moist. Everyone loved them and this is a definite do-over at our house. The key is using good chocolate! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious a little more crumbly than I am used to but if they taste that good and are this much better than a traditional brownie sign me up! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Needs cocoa. Overall the recipe is very good. TExture-wise I'd call them perfect. But this is certain style of brownie that is not my favorite. I prefer a more adult brownie that is darker more bitter actually. I will make this recipe again but I will add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and maybe a tsp of espresso powder. The zucchini adds a nice floral aroma. Read More