1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Beat sugar and oil on medium speed 1 minute. Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla; beat 1 minute. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until blended. Stir in zucchini.
3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
YIELD: 18 servings.
1 piece: 285 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.