Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

In case it’s not obvious from recent posts on zucchini chips or zucchini ribbons, I’m a little obsessed with this vegetable. So, National Zucchini Day, which just happens to be on August 8th, seemed like the perfect occasion to share these chocolate zucchini brownies. A special auntie to my girls introduced us to this new favorite dessert.


Zucchini Brownies

These brownies are moist and chocolaty. It’s hard to tell there’s a vegetable hiding inside which is why I feel no guilt at all indulging on one before dinner. I’m eating my vegetables after all. :)

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies – Step by Step


Zucchini brownies

First, mix together the sugar, oil and vanilla until it is well-combined and crumbly. I used a combination of sugar and a stevia blend in order to keep with the healthy theme of this brownie.


Zucchini brownies dry ingredients

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture. It will have a crumbly texture when you are done (see picture above.)


Grated Zucchini

Grate a zucchini, skin and all, until you have two cups of shreds. I used one pretty large zucchini and had some leftover. Fold the zucchini into the flour and sugar mixture and stir until it is distributed throughout. The batter becomes wetter as the zucchini is incorporated.


Zucchini brownies ready to bake

Scrape the batter into an 8 x 11 baking dish. The batter will be thick. Have faith. A magical process occurs during the cooking process transforming the final product to a moist and chewy brownie.


Zucchini brownies

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.


Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

These chocolate zucchini brownies are the real deal. They are vegan, healthy and delicious. And, you can’t taste the zucchini, despite what one of my darling daughters might tell you.

This recipe was adapted from a zucchini brownie recipe found on AllRecipes.

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies


Yield: About 16 brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

You'll never know there's a vege hiding in these chocolate zucchini brownies. This vegan version is healthy and delicious.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (you can replace up to half of the sugar with a stevia blend)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large zucchini to yield 2 cups of shreds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine oil, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until well-combined and crumbly.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture.
  5. Using a grater, shred the zucchini.
  6. Stir the zucchini shreds into the batter until thoroughly incorporated. Batter should be moist and thick.
  7. Scrape batter into an 8 x 11 baking dish.
  8. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the brownie is fairly firm and begins to pull from the sides of the pan.
  9. Allow brownies to cool.


Variations: Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips or top with frosting.

There’s no better way to eat your veges than with these chocolate zucchini brownies. Enjoy!

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  1. Hehe yummy! :)

  2. Deeelicious , yet nutritious, moist mouthful of heaven!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Are there any nutrition facts/calorie info for this? Just curious.

    • Hi! Unfortunately I don’t have any nutritional information. But, using a stevia blend reduces the amount of refined sugar…and it does have zucchini in it! Thanks for reading.

  4. I just made these and they are sooooo good!!

  5. These are great. I made them healthier by replacing half the oil with applesauce, half the flour with whole wheat flour and half the sugar with Splenda for baking.

  6. Hello, i really want to try this recipe, will it make a big difference if i use bleached flour as opposed to un-bleached flour?

  7. Stephanie says:

    There were really yummy. Just go done making them with my boys. They are pretty picky, but gave them a definite thumbs up! “Mom you can’t even taste the zucchini!” was what I kept hearing. Thanks for sharing.

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