Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownie Bites

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Getting your veggies has never been easier! Ok, well, maybe that’s an overstatement, but still, these brownie bites are delicious, indulgent, and dare I say…healthy?! A friend sent me a recipe for Mini Chocolate Zucchini Cakes, that she found on BellyFull. She asked me if I could give it a healthy makeover. The original recipe is absolutely delicious (of course I had to try them first), but it was high in both MyWW™ Smart Points and calories. I also thought the texture in both recipes was more reminiscent of brownies than cake, although the mini muffins were definitely cakier (yes, that is a word, I checked) than the bread in my tests. And my taste testers all preferred these in the bread form vs. the muffin form because they were more like brownies. 

I would love to tell you that zucchini is the star of this recipe, but it’s just not—at least not from a flavor standpoint. That said, zucchini adds wonderful texture and moisture, not to mention a healthy shot of nutrition to this dessert.  If I hadn’t made it myself, I would not have believed that there was zucchini in it. I even fed it to the pickiest guy I know (who I happen to be married to); he wouldn’t have touched these brownie bites with a 33-1/2 foot pole had he known there was zucchini in them. His reaction was, and I quote “mmmm this is good, it doesn’t even have that healthy taste like your first bread test,” —he was referring to my first go around with the Chocolate Cherry Chip Bread, he thought it had an aftertaste (and it did from the sugar replacement.) So, my point is, make these brownie bites, they are delicious, nutritious and I guarantee you won’t regret it!

To start, I lightened up this recipe by using applesauce in place of the butter, at a 1:1 ratio. But I didn’t want to completely omit the butter so I also added two tablespoons of Land O’ Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil. I cut the sugar (and calories) substantially by using a combination of Truvia™ Cane Sugar Blend and Swerve™ Brown Sugar Replacement. This is my favorite baking combination. I’m not a fan of replacing ALL of the sugar in a recipe with an alternative sweetener, I think baked goods need some real sugar, and I’ve found that the texture and flavor are better when I use a sugar blend rather than just sugar replacement. I also added a teaspoon of Organic Espresso Powder because I think it adds a depth of flavor to anything chocolate. You can most definitely leave it out, and probably wouldn’t miss it, but really, why?

What you need to know:

  • This recipe can be made as mini muffins or mini loaves, it’s truly your preference. Baking time is a little different depending on which vessel you choose, but either way, they are delicious.
  • I used Lily’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chips, but you can use what you have on hand—but the nutritional value and points were calculated using Lily’s brand.
  • I used self-rising flour, but you can use all-purpose flour, just whisk 1-1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt into your flour.
  • I didn’t test this recipe in a full-size loaf or muffin pan, but I am certain they would work just as well, however, the number of servings and baking times would need to be adjusted. Don’t forget if you’re adjusting the serving count, it will most likely affect the MyWW™ Smart Point value, so be sure to add it to your recipe builder.
  • Baking time varies between ovens. I did the muffins in my oven, they took 17 minutes. The mini loaves were baked in my Ninja Digital Air Fry Oven, I baked them at 325° for 30 minutes and they were perfect. My point is that you can use whatever baking vessel you like, but be sure to adjust the cooking time as needed. The traditional oven takes 15-17 minutes for the muffins and 30-40 for the mini-loaf pans at 350°.
  • I adapted this recipe from the BellyFull website, you can check out the original recipe here.

Now, let’s talk about muffins or bread? Personally I really loved this baked it in mini loaf pans. It slices into nice brown-like pieces and they are so rich and moist I could honestly eat the entire loaf! The muffins had a cakier texture, every bit as rich and moist, just not as dense. I can promise you that no matter how you bake them, you’ll be back for more; make sure you leave room for dessert!

CourseDessert, Snack
WW Points2
Calories66kcal
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Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownie Bites
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Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownie Bites

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 24 muffins
Course Dessert, Snack
WW Points2
Calories66kcal
Author: Lisa

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Coat a 24-count mini muffin pan or 4 mini loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, egg, applesauce, and butter until well combined. Mix in the zucchini, vanilla, and nonfat yogurt until incorporated.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and espresso powder into the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate morsels. Do not over mix.
  • Fill each muffin hole with a heaping tablespoon of batter or pour the batter evenly into the prepared mini loaf pans. If using mini muffin pan, bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If you are using mini loaf pans, increase baking time to 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing or serving. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES:
You can use all-purpose flour for this recipe, but be sure to whisk 1-1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt into the flour.
Baking time will vary depending on the size pan you use. I tested this using a mini muffin pan and mini loaf pans. It made 12 mini muffins and 2 mini loaves. The entire recipe will yield 24 mini muffins or 4 mini loaves.  I did not test this in regular-size muffin loaf pans but I don't see why you couldn't use them. But remember, the points and nutritional values are based on 24-servings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice/muffin | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

2 Comments

  1. Becky

    5 stars
    You are the Best!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them.

      Reply

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It's been a busy week. But I stayed consistent. I'm not even lying when I say that I danced a little jig this morning after I weighed myself. It was the kind of loss we all want to see EVERY week, except that it just isn't realistic.

But that didn't stop me from high-fiving my bad self.

It also made me think about the scale and the power I give it to influence my mood depending on its reading.

Here's the thing, the scale isn't my enemy, and the numbers don't lie. BUT numbers are just the data. Simple metrics--one of lots of ways I measure my progress. It's me who brings meaning (true or not) to the numbers on the scale.

My goal this week is to stay consistent, and when next week rolls around and it's time to weigh in, I'm going to celebrate no matter what the numbers are, because the truth is, I have that choice.

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I'm down .2lbs this week for a total of 6 lbs this month.

I caught myself grumbling when I stepped off the scale. I had to remind myself that I'm not in a race, and there's no deadline or expiration date for taking better care of myself.

I turned my frown upside down, stopped grumbling and started gratitude-ing! And you know what I learned?

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AND accountability has been key in helping me in that area. I know that for some of you tracking is a dirty word, but it's been my secret to success all along.

Since I started holding myself accountable again (ie. tracking) I've lost 5.8 lbs.

I make better choices when I'm accountable.
I'm more consistent when I'm accountable.
I'm more disciplined when I'm accountable.
I'm more mindful when I'm accountable.
I'm more focused when I'm accountable.
I'm more empowered when I'm accountable.

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How do you hold yourself accountable?
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Happy Fri-Weigh!!!

It feels good to be consistent again. I have a clear understanding of what works for me--and what doesn't. But as I always say, knowing isn't doing.

The lesson I learned in 2022 was to stay in my own lane.

So here's to more of the doing!

Have a great day!

xo Lisa ❤️

#weightlosswisdom #weightlossjourney #mywwjourney #happynewyear2023
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It's a new year, and yep, still the same me. But I'm showing up with a renewed commitment in all the areas I got stuck last year (which was kind of all of them) and this time I'm coming armed with enough love and grace to push me through to the finish line.
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #bigfatskinnywisdom #mywwjourney

It's fair to say that I spent a good part of 2022 in a funk that spiraled into a complete state of stuck-ness. I felt completely out of alignment.

Stuck-ness was my norm for roughly 30 years, so I know the state all too well--consistently allowing my life circumstances to control my emotions and daily choices tends to put me in a perpetual state of doubt, that leads to paralysis. It's a real growth stunter!!!!

In 2020 I made the decision not to live like that anymore, and I stand by it. I may have lost a little ground last year, but I'm done beating myself up and hiding.

My plan is simple. You might even call it basic...😆

I'm going back to the basics.

Because they work.

💥Consistency
💥Discipline
💥Self Love
💥Accountability
💥Patience

It's a new year, and yep, still the same me. But I'm showing up with a renewed commitment in all the areas I got stuck last year (which was kind of all of them) and this time I'm coming armed with enough love and grace to push me through to the finish line.
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #bigfatskinnywisdom #mywwjourney
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Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes are my personal favorite, so that's what I use for them but you can use your favorite protein shake. And you can make it any flavor you'd like.

3 WW Points
Approx 100 calories
9g Protein 

3.5 ounces (about 1/3 of a bottle) Salted Caramel Fairlife Protein Shake, heated
1 Packet Nestlé Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix
1/2-3/4 C hot water (enough to fill your mug)
3 tbsp whipped topping
Drizzle of sugar free caramel

Warm protein shake in mug, stir or use frother to stir in cocoa mix, fill mug with hot water stir (or froth) well. Top with whipped topping and caramel.. Enjoy!

#bigfatskinnyrecipes #weightlossjourney #sweettoothfix

I'm officially obsessed with my protein hot chocolate creations. They are super satisfying for that evening sweet tooth. AND a total calorie and point bargain!

Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes are my personal favorite, so that's what I use for them but you can use your favorite protein shake. And you can make it any flavor you'd like.

3 WW Points
Approx 100 calories
9g Protein

3.5 ounces (about 1/3 of a bottle) Salted Caramel Fairlife Protein Shake, heated
1 Packet Nestlé Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix
1/2-3/4 C hot water (enough to fill your mug)
3 tbsp whipped topping
Drizzle of sugar free caramel

Warm protein shake in mug, stir or use frother to stir in cocoa mix, fill mug with hot water stir (or froth) well. Top with whipped topping and caramel.. Enjoy!

#bigfatskinnyrecipes #weightlossjourney #sweettoothfix
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#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #happynewyear2023 #selflove

New year. New you. Yep, diet season has arrived...

Can we PLEASE not fall for that this year? Because the truth is, if you're not loving the old you, you're definitely not ready to love the new you either.

How about we normalize loving ourselves better instead of trying to change all that we think is wrong with us.

It is a new day--and a new year. And I'm living proof that change is possible. But it does not start with a diet. It starts with loving yourself where you are right now.

So instead of vowing to change all that is wrong, commit to loving yourself through every season of the transformation you're seeking--including where you are today.

Happy New Year!

xo Lisa 💜
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #happynewyear2023 #selflove
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