Desserts

Zucchini Brownies

These Zucchini Brownies are a delicious dessert recipe to use up zucchini. It’s a healthier version of a classic recipe, great for a bite-sized treat, potlucks and for all ages.

Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

On the heels of my Zucchini Fries recipe, a healthier take on a fan0favourite snack – this is one dessert recipe you have to try!

While I grew up with an oversized garden full of fresh fruit and vegetables, zucchini wasn’t one of them. In fact, I think we very rarely had this vegetable at all.

It wasn’t until adulthood that a great price and general curiosity made me first purchase a zucchini. I then sought the help of friends on what to best make with it. Zucchini Brownies was the mass answer by a landfall.

I have to admit, I first crinkled my nose at the idea. I’m sure many do. I mean, brownies and vegetables? That’s a reach of an idea if I ever heard one.

zucchini brownies

But, I made them anyway and they have since become my summertime staple when it comes to a great tasting dessert. Best of all, it’s a frugal vegetable in the summer making it not only a healthier version of the calorie-laden sweet we all know – but a reasonably priced one.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t ever make my crazy-delicious Iced Caramel Brownies, Salted Caramel Skillet Brownies, or Chocolate Mint Brownies – because they are amazing.

Yet now and then, swap a healthier version like these Zucchini Brownies which include cocoa powder and not a bunch of chocolate chips, and coconut oil. It’s all about balance.

zucchini brownies

When I first made Zucchini Brownies, I didn’t want to turn the kids away by the name alone. So, I didn’t tell them and they devoured them.

It was only many times later when they actually saw me baking in the kitchen that they questioned the ingredients. By then they loved them too much to pass them by. So if you are trying to sneak more veggies into the rotation, this is a great sneaky way to do so. It’s ok, I won’t tell.

zucchini muffins

Follow the recipe below to make moist and delicious Zucchini Brownies.

Zucchini Brownie Tips:

  • make sure to shred the zucchini with a cheese grater or food processor.
  • be sure not to squeeze out the moisture as this is what makes moist brownies! If your zucchini is super watery, squeeze a little using paper towel but keep as much as you can.
  • cut the brownies after they have cooled and use a plastic knife is possible to prevent crumbling.
zucchini brownies

These Zucchini Brownies are almost better the next day, so feel free to make them ahed of time. Another summertime hot for those special occasions is S’more Brownie Pie.

Yes, I do LOVE brownies! They are so great for a bite-sized treat, for taking to potlucks and for all ages.

Enjoy!

zucchini brownies
zucchini brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These Zucchini Brownies are a delicious dessert recipe to use up zucchini. It's a healthier version of a classic recipe, great for a bite-sized treat, potlucks and for all ages. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded {approx 3 zucchini}
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Shred zucchini and place in a colander set over a sink or towel to catch excess water.
  2. Preheat an oven to 375F and grease a 8" x 8" casserole dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg, honey, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Beat in the cocoa powder and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the honey mixture, then fold in the zucchini.
  6. Fold the mixture out into the greased casserole dish and then bake for 22-25 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool, and cut with a plastic knife to serve. Enjoy! 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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10 Comments

  1. These do look so good.

    I’ve made Zucchini Brownies and added hemp seeds to the mix.

  2. These Zucchini Brownies look amazing and they’d be a great way to get a vegetable into his system!

  3. We never had zucchini growing up either. I love zucchini and grow it in my garden. Save the recipe for this summer. Thanks

  4. These sound really good, I have made zucchini bread but never brownies, I am going to have to give these a try!

  5. I’ve never tried zucchini brownies, but they sound terrific and the perfect way to sneak zucchini into our diet more often.

  6. Thank you for this! I have a ton of zucchini coming up in my garden now and this is a fantastic recipe to add to the mix on how to use this vegetable! They look delicious, can not wait to try it out.

  7. I’ve made these and they were a hit. The trick to success is not telling them what the ingredients are.

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