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A Sweet (and Cancer-Fighting) Treat for your Sweetie

By PearlPoint Nutrition Services February 1, 2013Pearls of Wisdom Blog

If you are looking for a delicious dessert or treat to fix for your Valentine this February 14, try these “Healthified” Brownie Cocoa Squares from Live Better America. You don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition with these delicious brownies that are made with whole wheat flour, zucchini, bananas, and walnuts. This “healthified” version has more fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids than your typical brownie. Enjoy this tasty, nutritious treat with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day or anytime!

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 1 hr 45 min

Servings 24


Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds or wheat germ
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1 cup peeled and shredded zucchini
1 medium-size ripe banana, mashed (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, flaxseeds or wheat germ, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together egg product, sugar, oil, and milk until well mixed. Stir in zucchini and banana. Add zucchini mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in chocolate pieces. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Step 3: Bake about 25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares.


Serving Size: 1 square

Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 80mg, Total Carbohydrate 19g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 10g, Protein 3g

Source: Live Better America Healthified Cocoa Squares…


Jen Hartman, RD, LND
PearlPoint Cancer Support Staff

Author PearlPoint Cancer Support Staff

PearlPoint Nutrition Services is a program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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