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chocolate zucchini snack cakes

by Heather

We had our first family trip this past weekend!

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Joe in the back, Hunter in the middle and Jacob + I in the front.

Where did we go?

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The lake house!

We love getting up there to just relax. And relax we did.

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This time was different from all our other trips since we had this guy with us.

We played on the ground…

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He got lots of time on both our chests — his favorite place to be. He’s even holding his head up! I was so proud of our little inchworm.

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The most I did in the kitchen was bake a batch of my 3 ingredients peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips. Always a hit!

The last thing I baked before those cookies, which was actually when I was still pregnant were chocolatey zucchini snack cakes. Actually, they were made the day before I had Hunter so when I returned from the hospital I still had a nice batch waiting for me at home.

I found the recipe for these brownies (which I’m calling snack cakes) on Veggie Converter — my secret blog I snuck around for this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal!

I made no changes to the recipe (except adding in chocolate chips), but instead of gooey brownies mine came out more cake like. Maybe I should have cut the baking time down a bunch? Either way you’re left with a chocolate treat laced with hidden zucchini. You can’t tell there’s any veggies hiding in these!

Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake
From Veggie Converter

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Optional: ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients well. Pour into a 9 x 13greased baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. **

** I baked mine for 35 minutes and was left with more of a cake like consistency, as opposed to gooey brownie. Try reducing the time by 5-10 minutes for a more gooey baked good.

I love how big of a batch this made. A snack cake or two definitely became a delicious treat when we returned home, and I’m ready for another batch… please.

Have you ever tried zucchini in your chocolate recipes? If you like chocolate and zucchini you should try my mini chocolate zucchini pancakes.

Heather


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13 comments

colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess June 11, 2012 - 9:59 am

Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try a chocolate/zucchini combo. These sound great and your little inchworm looks like he had a fun, relaxing weekend too.

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Dan June 11, 2012 - 10:08 am

This looks like one to try – hidden veggies looks like a great idea.

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Kristi @ Veggie Converter June 11, 2012 - 11:09 am

Yum! Yours look delicious and I’m so glad you loved the recipe. I bet the difference in the flour made the consistency different. You used whole wheat PASTRY flour and I think I used Whole Wheat WHITE flour…regular coarseness, made with white wheat instead of red wheat.

I’ll have to try it with fine pastry flour when I’m craving a more cakey brownie!

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Our Eating Habits June 11, 2012 - 11:22 am

My mom used to make snack cake all the time. Love it!

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Erica June 11, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Glad you had such a nice weekend! What a great SRC recipe. Healthy and tasty!

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Lisa~~ June 11, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Love hiding veggies in baked good and chocolate baked goods are the best.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 11, 2012 - 2:56 pm

The zucchini cake looks so delish!!! Ahhh, Hunter is just to cute, I don’t even know what more to say!!

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Emily Butler June 11, 2012 - 3:34 pm

I was actually experiementing in the kitchen with chocolate and zucchini just this past weekend! I think they work great together 🙂 I even took a batch of my brownies to church for people to try and everyone thought they were great! I still need to tweak them though.

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Jayasri June 11, 2012 - 3:56 pm

First of all I would like to say your inchworm is very very cute…, He seems to have enjoyed his time, the second photo with his dad is what I liked, how I wish I could sleep like that.., best days of life right ?, I have baked zucchini and I have mixed it carrot with it and I have baked cakes but not with chocolate, yours have turned out so well, I would love to try this out. book marked. beautiful clicks looks so yum…

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angie June 11, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Yummy! I love when you can add veggies in to baked good for more nutrition. These look great and your little man is so cute!

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Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z June 11, 2012 - 7:32 pm

I love baked recipes that don’t have eggs. Looks like a healthy yet delicious treat.

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Kirstin June 11, 2012 - 11:45 pm

Yummy!

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danielle June 12, 2012 - 6:53 am

Looks like a great treat!

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