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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Book Cooks: Elliot's Zucchini Brownies from Jen Nielsen

I'm excited to welcome another 2010 debut author in Jen Nielsen, who shares brownie-gobliny-goodness with us just in time for all of the goblin warriors in your household. Jen says of her debut middle grade novel:

It all starts on Halloween night, when young Elliot Penster chases off some bullies who are attacking a girl in a brownie costume. A very realistic brownie costume. Okay, not a costume at all. Little does Elliot know by his eleventh birthday he will be named the King of the Brownies, will be responsible for provoking a war with the goblins, and—perhaps most terrifying of all—will become personally acquainted with the infamous Chocolate Cake of Horror. All in all, Elliot is too busy to do much ruling: it’s taking all his energy to dodge the many nasty goblin attempts to do away with him. But when the goblins finally go too far and blow up his house, Elliot realizes that it’s time to stop dodging and stand up and fight back. After all, what else can a king do?

Book 1 of The Underworld Chronicles: Elliot and the Goblin War, arrives in October 2010, but we can enjoy Elliot's brownie costume...er, I mean brownies...now:


Elliot’s Zucchini Brownies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons baking soda
2 cups grated zucchini
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (or omit applesauce and use ½ cup oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts or 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.

Grate zucchini separately (minus the seeds). Peel first if desired (if your kids won’t eat green flecks in their brownies). Mix together zucchini, oil, and applesauce. Gradually add in dry ingredients. Blend in Stir in walnuts or chocolate chips. Frost or drizzle with chocolate, if desired.

Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven, or until center springs back like a cake. Cool and cut into bars.


Thanks, Jen, and see you in 2010!


  1. Me, too - remember that chocolate chip zucchini cake Jaime makes! Oh my goodness, heavenly.

  2. I love zucchini but have never had it mixed with chocolate. Sounds good.