GadZukes! and Tender-Teeth Zucchini Brownies

GadZukes! in Arizona

Harvesting zucchini squash is a daily task now here in Arizona. Lucky for us, and braces-wearers everywhere, The Braces Cookbook offers recipes that turn these dark green beauties into delicious meals, breakfasts and desserts. Check out our Fudgy Zucchini Zoom-Bars below. I’m also trying recipes from the book 101 Things to Do with Zucchini – I’ll let you know about the ones that seem particularly braces-friendly.

Fudgy Zucchini Zoom-Bars from The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love

Fudgy Zucchini Zoom-Bars

Health and heaven combined, with a slightly bittersweet flavor, and what a great way to get some vegetables into a snack. No chocolate-lover will know that zucchini is the secret ingredient.

2 cups flour

1 ¼ cups sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 cups finely grated zucchini

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Baking time 25 minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl, using a spoon or whisk, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the zucchini, oil and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture and stir together until well mixed and glossy.

Grease or oil, then a 9”x13” pan and dust it with flour. Pour in batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Hint: I try to keep some zucchini grated and divided in 2-cup plastic bags in my freezer to thaw out for quick treats like these. When thawed, drain off about 1/4 cup of the water.


One response to “GadZukes! and Tender-Teeth Zucchini Brownies

  1. The Fudgy Zucchini Zoom-Bars look delicious!
    Thank you for posting about braces. Affording braces for your kids or yourself can be so daunting. offers more useful articles.

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