Chocolate Zucchini Brownies – gluten-free and fructose friendly

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies - gluten-free & fructose friendlyDavid Barry Quote
Here are the brownies I promised you if they worked out. And they worked out with bells on. They were rich, moist and had these enormous lumps of chocolate in them. That was because I didn’t cut up the chocolate very small. My friend’s teenage son said they were the best brownies he had ever eaten but wanted to know what the green bits were in them. I guess I could have peeled the zucchini so no trace of them remained. He appeared to accept the vegetable content of the brownies with nonchalance.
I have created my own gluten-free flour mixture to make my life easier. I make it up and keep it in a large Tupperware container so it is ready when the baking bug bites me. If you wish to make any of these or my future baking recipes, it would pay to make up this mix as well.
This is the mix:
2 cups brown rice – Purchase here
3 cups white rice – Purchase here
1 cup sorghum flour – Purchase here
2 cups potato starch – Purchase here
1 cup tapioca flour – Purchase here
5 tsp xanthan gum – Purchase here

And now the recipe.

Chocolate zucchini Brownies


Chocolate Zucchini Brownies - gluten-free & fructose friendly

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  1. says

    How funny – I am baking a courgette loaf today but not quite as healthy as yours. I hadn’t thought to add chocolate chunks so might just try that out. Lovely as usual.

    • says

      I like the idea of vegetables in our baking. There’s something wholesome about it and therefore satisfying in a way that baking from just butter, sugar and flour isn’t.

  2. says

    I like your gluten-free flour mix! A good mix of protein and starches for binding. I read somewhere that a good gluten free flour mix is about 40/60 protein and starch mix. Can I also replace xanthan gum with guar gum?

    Anyway, I will definitely be trying out your brownies – minus “most” of the guilt. Deeeee-licious!

  3. says

    I love the texture and moisture that zucchini gives to a quick bread, so I’m certain these brownies are divine!!! My kiddos would question the specks of green, too!

  4. says

    You are a healthy genius. If they’re healthy I can eat more right? Okay that’s not right. They look so moist and yummy, I just want to take a big old bite, or ten.

  5. says

    We often use zucchini in breads, but I don’t think we’ve ever used it in brownies (I know I haven’t, though possibly my wife has — though I don’t think so). Great idea! And I love finding chunks of chocolate in anything! Great pictures, great recipe — thanks.

    • says

      I guess zucchini in breads is less unusual because it is savoury anyway but the taste disappears completely so it’s fine in sweet baking too. Yes, chunks of chocolate are a definite plus.

    • says

      You can always buy them from Amazon if you can’t find them locally. You can use guar gum instead of xanthan gum if that’s easier to find. They both do a great job of holding the baking together.


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