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Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies, Mexican Style

Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies, Mexican Style

The ultimate vegan gluten free zucchini brownies made with coconut flour, cinnamon and walnuts. Use up your abundance of zucchini in this delicious chewy, moist guilt free chocolate dessert that tastes a little like Mexican hot chocolate. 

These might be a challenge to make in Baja because some of the ingredients are a little hard to find but I have seen gluten free flour so if you substitute that for the coconut flour let me know how it turns out.

I will continue my series of “Flips and Flops” which is all about necessary substitutions and the frustrations of failures – flops and the triumphs of success – flips, while cooking in Baja.

Hey Baja chefs, what frustrations do you encounter while cooking in rural Mexico? Please share in the comments and I’ll explore the substitutions.

The original Vegan Gluten Free Brownie recipe was introduced on my blog at www.WhatsforDinnerDoc.com so you might have seen them there. They are too good to keep hidden. I’m sharing them at Fiesta Friday where you can find recipes from all over the world.

Brownies are my go to company dessert in Loreto but I usually make a cinnamon and/or bourbon variation of Alton Brown’s chewy gooey brownies. They are not guilt free with 4 eggs and a stick of butter but sometimes a girl just has to indulge. I can’t find cake or brownie mixes in Loreto without trans-fats so I make all desserts from scratch. These vegan gluten-free zucchini brownies are a nice healthier guilt free treat any day.

Mexican hot chocolate in a chewy brownie. Try these with a glass of vino tinto, red wine. Delicious.

The recipe card is below but for some unknown reason my recipe builder isn’t working on the mobile setting. Grrrrrrr So here’s the written recipe without the html.

Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Walnut Brownies
Ingredients
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup water
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp flaxmeal
1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup coconut sugar or sugar of your choice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F, and line a 8 X 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Shredded 1/2 zucchini with the food processor shred attachment. Set aside. Combine dry ingredients in the food processor with the blade. Add water and vanilla and combine. Add zucchini and pulse to combine all ingredients except the walnuts. Stir in chopped walnuts.
Spoon batter into the prepared baking dish and spread and smooth down firmly with the back of the spoon.
Bake 19-20 minutes, then pat down hard with a pancake spatula or another sheet of parchment. Refrigerate overnight for a firmer brownie or eat when cooled for a fluffy, soft brownie. Let zucchini brownies sit 15 minutes before trying to cut into squares.

Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies

August 30, 2017
: 8-12
: 15 min
: 20 min
: 35 min
: Easy

Vegan brownies with a serving of vegetables and a touch of cinnamon for a gluten free chocolate treat.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or sugar of your choice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350F, and line a 8 X 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Shredded 1/2 zucchini with the food processor shred attachment. Set aside. Combine dry ingredients in the food processor with the blade. Add water and vanilla and combine. Add zucchini and pulse to combine all ingredients except the walnuts. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Step 2 Spoon batter into the prepared baking dish and spread and smooth down firmly with the back of the spoon.
  • Step 3 Bake 19-20 minutes, then pat down hard with a pancake spatula or use another sheet of parchment and press with your hand.
  • Step 4 Refrigerate overnight for a firmer brownie or eat when cooled for a fluffy, soft brownie. Let zucchini brownies sit 15 minutes before trying to cut into squares.

PIN IT FOR LATER
Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies/MyBajaKitchen.com
Inspiration from Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie. I used only zucchini instead of apple sauce and added walnuts and cinnamon. I used coconut sugar. Check out her other chocolate recipes.




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