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Zucchini Brownies using AAS Winner Bossa Nova squash


Servings 1 9 x 13 pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Baking cocoa powder (regular or dark chocolate)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Shredded Bossa Nova zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Chopped walnuts (optional)

Frosting (optional)

  • 3 Tbsp. Baking cocoa powder (regular or dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • Pinch Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13" baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir. Fold in the zucchini. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the batter can absorb the moisture from the zucchini. Then, if your mixture is still very powdery, add up to 5 tablespoons water (start with 1 tablespoon and work up from there, stirring well after each addition). The batter will be very thick but shouldn't be powdery. (It partially depends on how wet your zucchini is!) Add walnuts, if desired. The dough is super thick, like cookie dough. Do not add too much water! Spread in prepared pan.

  4. Bake 25-30 minutes until the brownies spring back when gently touched.

  5. To make the frosting: Whisk butter, cocoa, salt, and powdered sugar. Whisk in milk and vanilla. Spread over cooled brownies. Cut into squares and chill to semi-set. The frosting hardens slightly on the top but stays wet and gooey underneath.

  6. These brownies are best stored in an airtight container and eaten within 2 days. Chill them to make them last an extra day.