Ghostly chocolate, nuts and a secret courgette. Patrick Swayze and the Righteous Brothers not included.


  • 1 cup wholemeal, self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark muscavado sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 courgette (peeled and grated)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 50g of dark chocolate
  • Handful of hazelnuts (chopped)
  • Handful of walnuts (chopped)
  • Icing sugar
  • Chocolate chips

Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients:  flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Next, add the eggs, honey, vanilla essence, melted chocolate and grated courgette. Use an electric whisk to beat the batter to a smooth consistence, with no lumps of courgette. Set the whisk aside, and mix in the chopped nuts by hand. If you like chocolate chips in your brownies, add some in at this point too.

Pour the mixture into a lined square baking tray, and bake at 180C (fan-assisted) for around 20 minutes. Brownies should be cooked on the outside, but gooey on the inside. Leave to cool before cutting out ghost shapes. I used a template cutter, but it is easy enough to do with a knife.

Arrange the ghost brownies on a plate, and dust with a thick layer of icing sugar, finally adding chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.