RECIPE: Healthy Brownies

So I know we’ve all vowed to be healthier and eat healthier this new year.  And we’re all drinking green smoothies and detoxing each day.  But just in case you find yourself with an unrelenting chocolate craving, and need a dessert that won’t undo all the hard word, check these yummy gems out!

This recipe I’ve not yet tried, but was passed a long to me from a fabulous gal pal who knows her chocolate.  (Original recipe from delighted momma) Said gal pal says she adds Coco Powder and under-bakes.

brownie ingredients

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of almond butter. You can make your own if you want to save a few bucks.
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated and/or finely-chopped zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix everything together.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

6 thoughts on “RECIPE: Healthy Brownies

  1. It doesn’t look appetising when you are preparing, but when it come outs the oven, you are caught off guard how it all comes together. They taste great! The dark chocolate really gives the brownies a great melt in the mouth goodness. Given the above statement, I have frozen some to try later. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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