Like many kids, mine struggle with green food phobia. It’s super frustrating and something that I hope they grow out of very soon, but for now I’m reduced to trickery to get them to eat their greens. My daughter is a holiday fanatic (doesn’t matter what holiday, so long as we are decorating for it and having a treat or two), and so I thought I’d take advantage of the most green holiday of the year to sneak some veggies into this particular treat: zucchini brownies. It worked!! The kids must have assumed that the specks of zucchini were some sort of leprechaun dust or something. I didn’t ask. They ate them up.
The Leprechaun’s Zucchini Brownies
1 13×9 pan of brownies
For the brownies
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
For the icing (not so healthy)
1/2 cup of butter
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp half and half
Mix together the wet ingredients first – the eggs, sugar, vanilla and apple sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then gently mix in the shredded zucchini and the chocolate chips.
Spread batter in a greased 9×12 dish and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Using a circle cutter, cut brownies into circles and set aside.
Start on your icing. Blend butter with powdered sugar and cocoa powder, then stir in your vanilla and half and half until smooth.
Top brownie circles with icing and green sprinkles. Enjoy!