Chocolate Zucchini Slice
- 1 medium zucchini grated (approx. 1 snugly-packed cup)
- 75 g soft butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 free range egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or ground nuts
- 1 cup white flour or use half wholemeal/ half white flour
- [gluten-free: use 3/4 cup brown rice flour + 1/4 cup tapioca/ corn flour]
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of unrefined salt
- 50 g chopped dark chocolate I used Hogarths Craft Chocolate Madagascar 70%
- 50 g chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat oven 180C. Line a slice tin (approx. 20cm x 25cm) with baking paper.
- Place the grated zucchini into a cheesecloth or clean tea towel and squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible. This is very important or you will end up with a soggy slice.
- Cream butter and sugar in a bowl or food processor until pale. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and fold through the chopped chocolate and walnuts and grated zucchini. Pour over the butter mixture and use a spatula to combine well.
- Tip into the lined tin and press out evenly into the base. Bake for 20 minuets until golden. Cool on a cake rack then slice into 12 squares. Store in an airtight container and eat within 3-4 days as they won't keep so well with the zucchini.
Being a food writer and recipe developer I am constantly testing out new recipes and ingredients. And can therefore forget all about favourite recipes I was making a few months or years ago. So it is always lovely to be reminded of recipes that others are making. I often have people pull me aside at the end of a workshop to tell me their favourite recipes from the blog. Sometimes I even have people stop me in the street to tell me – Nelson can be rather small at times! No, seriously I love hearing what you are cooking and the adaptations made to recipes to suit different dietary requirements.
This Chocolate Zucchini Slice is one such recipe, originally a cookie recipe I shared 3 summers ago. I had completely forgotten about it until a friend reminded me of it recently. However, to save time in dividing and shaping the cookies she simply spreads the mixture thinly in a slice tin, bakes it then slices into squares. Genius, why didn’t I think of that! This has now become my new favourite slice to pop into school lunches with the added bonus it uses up some of the continual supply of zucchini from the garden (including that sneaky marrow that seemingly appear from nowhere).