I’ve been trying to stay on top of the zucchini in my garden, but as I pointed out in my post about tips for a backyard garden, It’s been pretty difficult! So I’ve been on the lookout for recipes experimenting with zucchini. After some googling and experimenting I came up with the perfect dessert that puts to good use all that zucchini from the garden: Hazelnut Zucchini Brownies!
We’ve been roasting and sautéing the zucchini with dinner as much as we can, but that gets a little boring after awhile. So I’ve been wanting to make some sort of zucchini brownie but all the recipes I’ve been seeing online call for almond butter. Unfortunately I just used the last of my almond butter on some protein cookies that I made last week. So then I looked up recipes for almond flour and zucchini brownies and I found this one – I was all ready to go then I realized I was out of almond flour! So – I happened to have a bunch of hazelnut flour on hand from making buns from this book and I said hey lets try to sub out the almond flour for hazelnut flour. Bob’s blog said you can sub it out 1:1. So that’s what I did and man these brownies turned out super fudgy and moist! So this recipe is a tweak of the one I linked above and it turned out great. It’s super easy to throw together and it makes good use of that zucchini coming out of your ears from your garden. Enjoy!
Our zucchini is growing like crazy right now!
Shred and chop, chop, chop
Ingredients ready to go
Skillet before oven
Skillet after oven
Ready to eat!
Hazelnut Zucchini Brownies
- 1½ cups shredded zucchini
- 1 cup hazelnut flour/meal
- 5 oz dark chocolate, 85% or higher cocoa content
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. My microwave has a setting for melting. If yours doesn’t, just do like 15 seconds over and over and keep checking on it until it melts. Once it’s melted add the coconut oil and honey to the bowl and throw it in the fridge while you put together the rest of the stuff.
Shred the zucchini then chop it even finer and put it in a bowl.
Then mix the rest of the ingredients all together in the bowl with the zucchini: the hazelnut flour, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda and salt. Then add the chocolate mixture after its cooled down a little bit.
Once you got it all mixed well in a bowl dust a skillet or glass dish with hazelnut flour then pour the mixture into the skillet or dish. I’m partial to my skillet and I pretty much do everything in it so that’s why I went with my cast iron. Bake for 25–30 min and let cool for at least 5 minutes before you cut into it.
Adapted from Real Healthy Zucchini Brownies
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Happy National Spaghetti Day. You don’t have to skip out on a plate of spaghetti today just because you decided to go Primal this year. You can still enjoy a nice spaghetti dish without all the carbs and wheat by making this simple meat sauce with julienne zucchini or spaghetti squash. This recipe is great if you want a nutritional Primal meal that’s super easy. Sure you can make your own spaghetti sauce like I did here for my silkworm spaghetti but sometimes dinner needs to be really easy to assemble. So for this recipe we use jars of spaghetti sauce. I look for two main things when buying spaghetti sauce for this recipe:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- No Added Sugar
This may be pretty tough to find a sauce that meet those two requirements because most sauces have cheap cancer oil like canola oil and added sugar. So for this recipe I used these jars of sauce:
Clean spaghetti sauce with no added sugar and real extra virgin olive oil
So enjoy National Spaghetti Day guilt free and whip up some of this super easy sauce and noodles. We normally double the sauce recipe and make a bunch of frozen portions, so the photos below are a doubled portion of my ingredient list for the sauce. So don’t freak out if your pot doesn’t look that full!
Spaghetti Squash before oven
Spaghetti Squash after oven
Spaghetti Squash after shredding
Fresh thyme, basil & oregano
Zucchini before the microwave
Zucchini after the microwave
Grass fed ground beef
Sweet Italian pork sausage
Finished sauce ready to eat!
Plated ready to eat
Easy Primal Spaghetti
1lb Grass fed ground beef
1lb sweet sausage ground
(or 2lb of any mix you like bison, boar, venison, rabbit, etc…)
2 25oz jar of clean spaghetti sauce
Half stick of grass fed butter
Handful of fresh basil, oregano, thyme
Freshly grated parmesan (optional)
4 Zucchini or
1 Spaghetti Squash
My wife likes julienne zucchini for the pasta alternative and I like spaghetti squash. So depending on what pasta alternative you choose will determine what you start first. If you do spaghetti squash you’ll want to get that in the oven first. If you do zucchini you’ll do that last.
I like to bake the spaghetti squash based on the way Melissa Joulwan outlines in Well Fed because it comes out perfect every time. Turn the oven to 375° and place the squash, cut in half and seeds scooped out, face down on a parchment lined baking tray. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the tray and bake for 35 minutes.
Once done baking let the squash cool. Then use a fork to scrape the flesh of the spaghetti squash into noodle like strands.
Use this julienne peeler and julienne 2 zucchini per person, so 4 for 2 people, and put in a microwave safe container and microwave covered for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper when out of the microwave.
Cook the ground beef in a skillet until all the pink is cooked out. Season with salt and pepper. Chop up the meat so it's in small crumbles.
Get the spaghetti sauce warmed up in a big pot like this on low. Once the ground beef is finished, add it to the sauce warming up.
Then cook the ground sausage until cooked through. Once done add to the sauce also.
Chop up all your herbs and toss into the sauce. Add in butter also and stir around so everything mixes together nicely. If the spaghetti squash is still going let it finish and keep the sauce on low flame until you’re ready to serve. If you’re doing zucchini then now you can get that going in the microwave.
Once everything is done, assemble your plate and top with freshly grated parmesan if you like. Enjoy!
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