Healthy Brownies

These brownies are good…
Baking for me is either about making something for my kids, making something for myself that is a bit healthy but still will satisfy my craving, or baking for company. To be honest, I used to think that I enjoyed baking, but really I just enjoy making things that I like to eat. I am not a bad cook, and I also happen to like my own food.
That being said, here I was today, craving something, but not sure what- having not eaten a great lunch, and it being a stay-at-home Saturday, I nibbled some raisins, crunched some popcorn, and generally picked at lots of things while cruising my recipe stashes for chocolate. With no groceries really in the house, so whatever recipe that I found, I knew that I would have to make some changes based on what was in the house.
Not so with this one. I have tried several recipes from this site, and this one didn’t disappoint either. Though I have to warn you not to overcook them, as they can be a bit dry. My own change was only to use maple syrup instead of agave, which to me is no better than sugar.
This may be the start of my “new year’s resolve” to eat better. Less sugar, no gluten, no eggs is a good start to any resolution, and this recipe sticks to the plan, while still making you feel like you’ve indulged a bit.

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/4 cup natural syrup
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup gluten free oats
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350* and grease an 8×8 pan.
Mix 1st four ingredients, then add the rest in.
Bake for 20 minutes, but no more, lest they dry out too much.

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