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    filed under: Brownies on June 16, 2018

    If you’ve never added zucchini to your baked goods drop everything you are doing and do it now! These Zucchini Brownies are unbelievably moist and rich. A chocolate lovers dream!

    Zucchini Brownies

    Zucchini Brownies

    When I first made these Zucchini Brownies in 2012 I declared that I would never need another brownie recipe. They are the BEST brownie I have ever eaten, hands down. But, zucchini is very much a seasonal product, so having a great brownie recipe that doesn’t have zucchini is important. Every summer I am reminded just how magical zucchini is in baked goods and these become my favorite again!



    Homemade Zucchini Brownies

    When using zucchini in recipes there are a couple tips & tricks help to make sure your baked goods are perfect!

    -Use the fine side of your grater. Coarser pieces will have a slightly more noticeable flavor and texture in a finished cake or bread recipe. (Farm kids tend to want that!)

    -Some recipes ask that the zucchini is pressed well with a clean towel to soak up excess moisture or to prevent whatever your baking from getting too soggy. Pay close attention to the recipe that you are making with zucchini as the level of moisture they provide is important. For instance, in this recipe, the zucchini is the main source of moisture and should NOT be drained!

    Eggless Zucchini Brownies

    Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

    This recipe is going to test any experienced bakers boundaries as it does not act like a normal brownie.

    The batter is DRY. Extremely dry. Until you add the zucchini that is! Assemble the batter according to the recipe instructions and then let it rest for 5 minutes. Stir again and you will see how much moisture the zucchini adds!

    I added semi-sweet chocolate chunks to this batch to make the double chocolate. You can add milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or no chips! They are so good and so rich the extra flavor is not necessary. (But can be fun!) If you do use chocolate morsels instead of chunks, be sure to use 1 1/2 cups instead of 1 1/4. Reserve a few for the top too!

    Homemade Zucchini Brownies

    As you can see, the zucchini bits practically disappear into the glorious chocolate layers. If you don’t tell people, they will never know you added a full 3 cups of this abundant vegetable!

    Eggless Brownies

    You will notice that there are no eggs or butter added to this recipe. They are absolutely not needed! These Zucchini Brownies bake up beautifully (almost cake-like) and do not need the added air and flavor that eggs usually add. This is a great recipe for vegan friends!

    Another bonus? This recipe can be made in 1 bowl!

    5 from 6 votes
    Zucchini Brownies
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: zucchini brownies
    Servings: 12 brownies
    Author: Amanda
    • 1/2 cup (112g) vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
    • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 cups finely shredded zucchini DO NOT DRAIN
    • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 9x13 pan with butter (or use baking spray) and line with parchment paper. (Allow parchment paper to go up the sides for easy removal.)
    2. In a large bowl combine oil, sugar, and vanilla until fully incorporated.
    3. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Batter will be very dry.
    4. Fold in zucchini by hand. Allow batter to rest for 5 minutes.
    5. Add in chocolate chunks and stir again. Batter should appear more wet. (if not, let it rest for 5 more minutes and stir again)
    6. Spread brownie mixture into the pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. Brownies are done with an inserted toothpick is removed with crumbs. There should not be wet batter on the toothpick.

    If you love frosting on your Zucchini Brownies, try adding my super special secret ingredient Brownie Frosting.


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    can i opt the zucchini out and if yes what can be addded to moisture the mixture

      The zucchini is essential in this recipe. Just try it as is once… I think you will love them!

    I would love to try these brownies however I am doing the Wheatbelly diet. How can I make this without white flour? And it still taste good. …. Would it be possible to use a super fine ground almond or coconut flour?

      Hi i was wondering the same thing i cant eat white or wheat flour because of stomach issues whats alternative

    Your recipes are amazing. I decided I needed to subscribe to your blogs g so I can have a separate file just for your recipes!!

    Hi thank you for sharing the Brownies recipe.

    Can you use almond flour as a substitute for all purpose flour?

    That’s a great recipe! I would like to try it, but is it okay to substitute the sugar with honey?

    Can you use no oil or less oil?

    I want to eat healthy and these are go snacks and I love the no bake cookies to make them they are cheap

    I used to cook a lot in my past so I want to start doing it again bc it’s better and healthier for me and I am on a diet or as I will say is bc I can’t have something bc of my IBS and some things u can’t bc if u do then I have problems bc of the food I can’t eat much anymore.

    Hi Amanda, I am 70 years old and have been baking for 50+ years. your recipes are wonderful and i’m going to try these brownies. Question is can I use a different oil since veg oil is on the list as no good for you? Let me know your opinion. See you can teach an old dog new tricks i love learning from a young girl like you. The best to you. Lorraine

    Could I make these using either Splenda Blend or Splend?

    If you substitute apple sauce for zucchini, how much would you use

    Seriously, maybe the best brownies ever! Unbelievably good! Thanks for sharing. 😁

    Wow this brownie recipe is so good thank you for sharing your recipe

    These were yummy! I only had 2 cups of zucchini so I substituted yellow squash for the third cup, but I couldn’t tell any difference.

    Thank you very much. Tried this recipe and it was a huge success. People were surprised that it is Vegan and tasted this good.

    Wow this zucchini brownies is so good thank you for sharing your recipe

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