Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Clean Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

clean eating chocolate brownie cupcakes

Don't let the picture fool you- these babies taste pretty darn good! If you're a choco-holic like me, then you know that fighting off your sweet tooth is a daily battle. While I do have a good arsenal of healthy recipes to fight the chocolate cravings, especially in the form of these clean oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, sometimes you need to switch things up.

I used to make chocolate protein bars, (made from zucchini and applesauce of all things!), and thought that they could be easily adapted into brownies with a few minor adjustments. I encourage you to definitely try this one out if you're trying to eat healthy, lose some winter weight, and still not feel like you're deprived.

Start with warming your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare either a greased 9x13 casseroel dish OR do what I did and use a cupcake tray. This recipe makes exactly 12 tennis ball-sized cupcakes, and I found they were way easier to have portioned out for snacks.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, shred 2 medium sized  zucchini. Add in 2 medium ripe bananas (the riper the better) with 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. I use baby food apple sauce because they have absolutely no added sugars or additives. You can choose to mix in 1 cup of Truvia for added sweetness - or substitute 1/2 cup of honey. Mix in 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder), and pour in 2 cups of almond flour. 

I added 1 cup of chopped walnuts- but you can omit this step. 

Mix well with in bowl by hand until mixture is well incorporated. I warn you- this will look WEIRD but it will taste GOOD. 

Pour mixture into a 9x13 Pyrex dish or use a standard cupcake pan to make 12 golf ball-sized brownies. Be sure to either grease up pan with olive oil first, or use cupcake foils. 

Place in oven in middle of range for 25 minutes, or until brownies are cooked all the way through by tooth pick test. 

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Hi! I 'm Karlene Murphy. A lover of food (especially if it's gluten and dairy free!), getting outdoors, lifting weights, travel, writing, and snuggling with my two puppies. My addictions include chocolate, coffee, cookies, and sharing my love of being HAPPY and HEALTHY! My passion is educating others - whether at my full time job as a high school Psychology teacher, or with YOU my readers. I have been in the fitness wold for almost 10 years, and currently am an Online Fitness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Pilates and Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor in Southern New Hampshire. Contact Me if you need help with designing your own fitness and nutrition program.

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