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Amazing Zucchini Brownies

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You're not going to believe how amazing these Zucchini Brownies taste! Not only are they packed full of healthy ingredients but the kids won't even be able to tell they have zucchini.

If you're looking for a way to try a healthy new spin on dessert or have an overabundance of zucchini, you can't go wrong with this simple brownie recipe. This recipe is egg-free and accidentally vegan. 

Stack of 3 zucchini brownies.

Zucchini desserts

To the naked eye, these zucchini brownies look no different at all. And to the taste buds? Literally that same amazing brownie texture and taste. But your secret that you'll NEVER want to share with the kids is that you've loaded these brownies down with an abundance of zucchini!

Zucchini is amazing in desserts because it adds moisture and makes for soft, chewy brownies, cookies, and muffins. And it is a healthier option because you are adding a little hidden veggies!!

Related recipes: Be certain to check out my Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Fudge Brownies and our Skinny Peanut Butter Fruit Dip, too!

Plate of sliced brownies with zucchini.

Related recipe: Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Here's what you need to make the zucchini brownies at home:

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾  cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (that's about one medium ~8-10 ounce zucchini)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (use vegan dark chocolate chips, if you prefer)
  • ¼-⅓  cup non-dairy milk (or regular milk)

You'll also need: 

  • 8x12 inch baking dish (this set has a gorgeous 8x12 inch dish. You can use a more standard 9x13 inch dish, but the brownies will be thinner and might need a couple of minutes less baking time).
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients to make zucchini brownies.

Related recipe: Vegan Zucchini Muffins

Instructions

There isn't a ton of steps to making these hidden-veggie brownies, so don't worry!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2: In a big bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

Brown sugar, coconut oil mixed together in a bowl.

Step 3: Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds. Check to see if the chocolate chips melted. If not, microwave in 10-20 second increments until melted. Add melted chocolate to the previous bowl. Stir to combine.

Pouring melted chocolate into a bowl.

Step 4: Add the cocoa powder and the baking powder and stir again. Then add all-purpose flour little by little until everything is well combined. At this point, the mixture will be dry.

Brownie dough in a bowl.

Step 5: Add shredded zucchini and stir very well. Once everything is combined, add the milk. Between ¼ to ⅓ cup should be enough to have a moist but not too wet batter.

Zucchini brownie batter in a bowl.

Step 6: Line a baking tray (8’’x12’’) with parchment paper.

Step 7: Spread the batter evenly onto the parchment paper.

Brownie batter with zucchini in a baking dish.

Step 8: Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 9: Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. The longer they cool, they easier they will be to slice. Slice into 12 pieces and enjoy! Try them warm with a scoop of ice cream on top! Or add a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Stack of 2 zucchini brownies on a plate.

What is the easiest way to shred zucchini?

I like to use a cheese grater (the biggest hole) to shred the zucchini but you can use anything that you'd like to get that texture and consistency. 

Can you freeze brownies for later?

You can and it's a great idea! To freeze brownies, just put them in a freezer-safe bag with a square of parchment paper in between each piece, and freeze them for later. 

If you make these zucchini brownies, please take a picture and tag me on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK. You can find me at @babaganoshblog on both. I love seeing your creations!

Need more chocolate recipes?

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If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Stack of 3 zucchini brownies.
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5 from 2 votes

Zucchini Brownies

These Amazing Zucchini brownies are a great way to use up zucchini and enjoy a healthier dessert. Egg-free and accidentally vegan, but you would never guess!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Kate

Equipment

  • 8x12 inch baking dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Cheese grater
  • Small microwave-safe bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (from about 1 medium ~8-10 ounce zucchini)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips*
  • ¼-⅓ cup milk*

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • In a big bowl, whisk coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds. Check if they need a few more seconds, and microwave in 10-20 second increments, until melted. Add melted chocolate to the previous bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add cocoa powder and baking powder and stir again. Then add all-purpose flour little by little until everything is well combined. At this point, it will be dry. 
  • Add shredded zucchini and stir very well. Once everything is combined, add the milk. Between ¼ to ⅓ cup should be enough to have a moist, but not too wet batter. 
  • Line a baking tray (8’’x12’’) with parchment paper. Spread the batter evenly onto the parchment paper. 
  • Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes, slice into 12 pieces, and enjoy! Try these warm with ice cream, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Notes

*Use vegan chocolate chips and non-dairy milk, if preferred.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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