Courgette, cardamom and chocolate brownies

makes16
40 minutes

Ingredients

Courgette brownies

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 80g of light muscovado sugar
  • 80g of dark muscovado sugar
  • 60g of oil, flavourless, such as vegetable or rice bran
  • 50g of pistachio nuts, finely ground in a food processor
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 cardamom pods, husks discarded and seeds crushed in a food processor
  • 45g of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 130g of spelt flour, or plain flour
  • 3 courgettes, or 2 large courgettes, grated
  • 100g of dark chocolate chips

To decorate

  • 40g of pistachio nuts, chopped, to decorate

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Grease a 20x20cm baking tin and line with baking parchment
2
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, sugars, oil, ground pistachios, cinnamon and crushed cardamom. In another bowl, mix together the cocoa, baking powder and flour
3
Sift this into the wet mixture and fold gently to combine. Fold in the grated courgettes and chocolate chips, and mix until just combined
4
Pour into the prepared tin, scatter over the chopped pistachios and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the batter has set and springs back when pressed in the middle. Leave to cool
5
Slice into 16 squares and enjoy!