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Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies

Posted in Desserts, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on December 21, 2013

Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies

As I prepare to return to Canada for the holidays, Houston tugs dearly at my heart. With glorious December weather, it has taken less then 6 months for me to not miss snow. At all. Certainly, it does not feel very much like winter, but each time I cycle to work in shorts, I am positively beaming. 

Life has been a terribly wonderful busy whirlwind lately, so I apologize for being behind on replying to comments and for my disappearance next week.

I have one fabulous treat to share before the end of the year, though. December is probably the only month I could get away with sharing so many treats.

This is dedicated to all those looking for the perfect homemade protein bar. In brownie form. Is there anything you can not improve by adding chocolate?

Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies

These brownies are so good for you, you wouldn’t even know it. Although I haven’t had time to make them for my Canadian excursion, I had a bit of forethought before flying to Mexico City. I was not certain of the vegan options, so I tried to cover myself with a protein-packed treat. I thought of making my chocolate mint protein bars again, but of course, I wanted to try something new.

Still based on cocoa and protein powder, this was a treat that wasn’t heavy on nuts and dates. Gooey and dense from zucchini, apple and a touch of oats and coconut flour with a heap of protein powder. Chocolate chips also added a great textural foil and bursts of sweetness. Rob decreed the chocolate chips essential to the recipe and confirmed you could not taste any hemp undertones.

Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies
While they may not be the best brownies, compared to all other brownies, they are definitely wonderful and possibly my favourite protein snack, to date. (For those interested in their stats: 219 calories, 7g fat, 26g carbs and 16g protein). I successfully halved the original recipe into my small 6″ springform pan, and it made enough for a short weekend trip.

Make sure to flatten the brownies as best you can, because there is no settling of the batter… and thus they may not look the most appealing.

Perhaps that is for the best. If you bring them to a holiday party, there will be more for you!! :)

Happy holidays everyone. :)

Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies

PS. The winner for Soup’s On was Move Eat Create.



Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies

Adapted from Power Cakes

2 tbsp oat flour (or blend rolled oats into flour in a food processor or spice grinder)
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 cup protein powder (I used Hemp Pro 70)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup grated apple (I tried to process it into sauce but it was too little apple for the food processor, so grated it was)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground flax seeds
1/4 cup agave or your choice of sweetener
1/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup hot water

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except water. Add water and mix until well combined.

3. Place batter in a 6″ springform pan (or equivalent), smooth the top, and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 6 pieces.

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  1. Laura said, on December 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I think I could go a lifetime without snow – and then I moved to North Dakota! Fate is funny like that. These brownies look great!

  2. sprint2thetable said, on December 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Safe travels!!! I think I’d rather have the snow than this rain right now. It’s almost 70 and flooding in ATL. I deserve brownies. ;)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on December 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      It is freezing rain in Toronto right now.. Thank goodness we have power, because many do not. Happy holidays, Laura

  3. kimthevegan www.rockmyvegansocks.vaskor.ca said, on December 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Alright… I have to admit, I haven’t jumped on the veggie brownie band wagon yet. But I should try these out – they sound pretty great =)
    Enjoy your trip home!!!

  4. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on December 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    YUM Janet! I am loving treats that are protein-heavy recently that don’t rely on nuts. These look perfect for travelling!

    Also- only 2 tbsp of coconut flour?? You must do better! ;)

    SO LOVELY seeing you yesterday :) Thanks for stopping by! Hope you liked the fuel balls!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on December 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Hehe, yes.. must use more coconut flour!! It was nice to stop by and see you! Hope Kingston treated you well. :)

  5. […] As I said, I didn’t have enough forethought to bring any treats with me from Houston. Nothing lost, as I was oftentimes filled to the brim with good food, and had no desire to cook. However, while in Woodstock, I spotted a few pantry staples that could easily be whipped into a shockingly simple dessert. I could not resist. I am shocked I am sharing another dessert with you all, but in case you are looking for a fun party dessert, this could be your treat. […]

  6. Egginon said, on December 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Mmmmm these look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  7. […] Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies […]


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