CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE WITH CANDIED PISTACHIOS

 

  • Cooking Time: 45
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 20

Backstory

It's almost healthy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks/chips
  • Candied Pistachios & Chocolate Topping
  • 2/3 cup roasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (this just helps the chocolate firm up)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and the sugar. Once smooth, whisk in the egg, sour cream/yogurt, milk and vanilla extract. Stir the mixture until it is a smooth batter. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips. Spread the batter into the greased pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 20 minutes.
  • Candied Pistachios & Chocolate Topping: Spread the pistachios out on a baking sheet layered with parchment paper. Mix together the hot water and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved, then toss the pistachios with the sugar liquid.
  • Roast the nuts at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan and let the pistachios cool completely before breaking them apart and chopping them.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a doubler boiler or in the microwave. Once they are melted, stir in the coconut oil until it's melted.
  • Remove the cake from the pan once it has cooled slightly and pour the chocolate over top of cake. Cover the chocolate with the chopped pistachios. Slice and serve!

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