Chewy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Today’s treat is a moist, delicious brownie with the added nutrition of zucchini.  The addition of the vegetable adds to the nutritional content without changing the flavor of chocolate, and it also makes it so moist and chewy.  Nothing like making something taste better with a little added benefit. For the gardeners out there, this is another recipe to help you use your abundant bounty of zucchini this summer.


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Shred a medium zucchini on the large holes of a box grater.  The important thing to remember about adding zucchini to baked goods is you need to press the shredded zucchini to remove the excess water.  First toss shredded zucchini with half teaspoon coarse salt in a colander set over a bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture with a gentle squeeze from your hands. It should still be moist. Then measure the pressed zucchini and add to the mix.  The result is an amazingly rich brownie which you can glaze or decorate with sugar, nuts or fresh strawberries.


Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

A healthier, moist, whole wheat brownie with hidden shreds of zucchini and no refined sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, chocolate dessert, dessert
Servings 16 pieces


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fair trade chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp fair trade cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini with liquid pressed out
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup nuts to batter (optional)
  • Nuts, strawberries, or sugar to decorate (optional) 


  • Preheat oven to 350 F or 176 C
  • In pan, melt coconut oil and chocolate chips
  • Remove from heat
  • Add in  sweetener, vanilla, cocoa powder, and egg
  • Stir well
  • Add baking powder to flour and stir well
  • Add flour to batter
  • Add zucchini and stir
  • Pour into greased 9 x 9" baking pan
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes until toothpick in center comes out with few crumbs
  • Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes
  • Decorate as desired with icing, nuts, or fruit
  • Cut into squares











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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

20 thoughts to “Chewy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies”

  1. These look so yummy! I have made a chocolate cake with zucchini once and loved that my boys gobbled it up without even noticing. Pinned.

  2. These look great. I love brownies and these look so moist. It’s great that you can also get some added nutrition from the zucchini. Will definitely try.

  3. Looks SO yummy! I just saw a brownie recipe that used black beans. This one looks good, too. I love these creative brownie recipes, as brownies are one of my favorite foods!

  4. Oh you had me at chocolate! These look really tasty Carol. I love eating brownies with a warm chocolate sauce and ice-cream, yum!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. 🙂

  5. These look so good and I love the added zucchini for some extra veggies! I can’t wait to try these. You will be the featured post on this weeks Friday at the Fire Station link up!

  6. I’m always looking for another good way to use up some of that delicious zucchini, and this looks like a good one. Congratulations on the feature on Friday Feature.

  7. This is a great way for me to use up zucchini and have the kids eat veggies too. Thanks for sharing on MM. PInned and will be featuring this.

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