Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies

A delicious, moist and rich tasting chocolate brownie using dairy free Greek yogurt and zucchini in it’s base! It’s vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and has a high protein option- The perfect everyday snack or healthy dessert! 

Healthy Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies- Rich, fudgy but made with NO butter, dairy, oil or sugar! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

“I’d totally make it if it was dairy free”

“I’d totally make it if it was vegan”

“I’d totally make it if I can add protein powder!”

“I’d totally make it. Just kidding you can make it!”

Ignore the last line. That was once again my sister showcasing her attempt at being funny. Funny but realistic- Setting foot in the kitchen to bake would be a miracle. I mean, she is the same person who ate KFC chips as her first meal during her “Paleo challenge.” 

I know I sound like a broken record, but one of the perks in being in America is the access to a myriad of products or food alternatives for those with dietary restrictions. A big one here is dairy free yogurts, cheeses and other related products.

It’s not to say Australia doesn’t have dairy free products, it’s just it takes sleuthing and a very hefty wallet to be able to accomodate this. 

No Bueno.

Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies- An easy, healthy snack or dessert- Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and refined sugar free! -thebigmansworld.com

I’m not going to lie- Since being here, I’ve kind of gone overboard with trying it all. I’ve been obsessed with So Delicious and their extensive range. For those who follow me on Instagram know that I’ve been indulging in their frozen desserts (the coconut milk mint chip is ridiculously amazing), their coconut milk creamer (which I’ve been adding to this recipe– Do it) and perhaps my absolute favourite product- Their plain cultured coconut milk Greek yogurt. This, my friends, is a game changer in my recipes. 

While all my recipes have been completely gluten free since around August last year, I’ve found it difficult to provide vegan or dairy free alternatives for them purely because of a lack of capabilities to experiment with them. It can be quite tricky using non dairy ‘yogurt’ and in all honestly, it was just too expensive to risk consistently back home. I’ve been having fun recreating some of my most popular recipes to see if I could veganise or give a dairy free spin to.

One of my most popular recipes, this carrot cake turned out perfect using this dairy free Greek yogurt (Big shoutout to Mere for making the vegan version part of her weekly food prep!) so of course I had to try it on my most favourite recipes- These Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies. You guys…..Success- Not only that, success with a hidden (seasonal!) veggie too! 

Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies- An easy, healthy snack or dessert- Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and refined sugar free! -thebigmansworld.com

These Flourless Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies look like dessert, taste like dessert and smell amazing but you can easily pass them off as a healthy snack. Thanks to the dairy free cultured Greek yogurt, these brownies are dairy free, vegan and gluten free. There is no flour (yay to ground oats!), butter or oil but you’d be fooled! They are so fudgy, dense and the best part- You can’t even tell there is zucchini in them!

Because they have been made by many with alterations, I’ve added the edits to the recipe. For those wanting a protein boost, you can add a scoop of protein powder. For those who don’t make their own oat flour, I live by this flour. I added dairy free chocolate chunks in it because well…chocolate. As for the cocoa, you NEED this cocoa powder– The taste just doesn’t compare! This version includes applesauce which I’ve always been wary of using but it turned great. Readers have had success with the original recipe using canned pumpkin, extra yogurt (adjust accordingly depending on fat content) and mashed banana or sweet potato. Cooked please. 

Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies- An easy, healthy snack or dessert- Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and refined sugar free! -thebigmansworld.com

Make these Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies and throw one at Niki. The ones on the edges.

PS- In full disclosure- The side pieces looked worthy to be thrown at her. You do the maths.

Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies

A delicious, moist and rich tasting chocolate brownie using dairy free Greek yogurt and zucchini in it's base! It's vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and has a high protein option- The perfect everyday snack or healthy dessert!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups gluten free oat flour can sub for gluten free, wholemeal or white but it won't be flourless
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3 T dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder of choice optional*
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar Can sub for any granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cup applesauce can sub for canned pumpkin, mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini excess liquid removed
  • 3/4 cup dairy free Greek yogurt I used so delicious cultured Greek
  • 2 flax eggs can sub for 2 whole eggs**

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a large, deep baking tray or 9 x 9 brownie pan with oil or butter and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten free oat flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, protein powder is using it and sugar or sweetener of choice and mix until combined. Stir through the chocolate chunks.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, zucchini, Greek yogurt and flax eggs or whole eggs and mix well. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 45- 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.

Notes

* If you use protein powder, you may need to add an extra 1/4 cup yogurt
** If you use flax eggs, you may need slightly more Greek yogurt
Adapted from Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies
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Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies- An easy, healthy snack or dessert- Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and refined sugar free! -thebigmansworld.com

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109 thoughts on “Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies

  1. Zucchini is like my goto mix in when baking. It provides the bet moisture and texture, and greek yogurt/other yogurt is so clutch when it comes to baking with chocolate, especially–the slightly sour notes pair so well with the richness!

  2. I am so jealous of all the things you can buy now! Coconut yoghurt sounds so amazing! I even thought about trying to make my own yoghurt already. But I might be too lazy!
    A question: do you have any experience with baking with soy yoghurt? I tried a few of your recipes and it never worked. Most things turned out quite soggy and not as supposed to be. I blame the stupid yoghurt. Substituting for plain greek yoghurt is not an option either as the consistency differs a lot from the US brands. Any ideas?

  3. I just so happen to have several containers of So Delicious in my fridge. Shocker! 🙂 I can’t wait until I can pick the zucchini in my garden so I can make these everyday! Thanks Arman.

  4. BIG SHOUTOUT TO YOU for making my dreams come true with every recipe! I’ve been going to town on another protein brownie recipe, but this seems like the issshh. that fudgy ish. and you KNOW i won’t be subbing in any of that “milk chocolate cooca” because we like our errmm (men? women? brownies?) specially dark 😉

    do you have leftovers for this weekend =l speaking of, i am totally texting you NOW so that we can discuss our life plans.. yes life.

  5. Hidden vegetables? SO MUCH YES. Especially if it’s in brownie form. Glad you’re enjoying all the alternative foods here in North America. Toronto has lots of hippy-dippy people and has amazing vegetarian and vegan food, but even I haven’t tried all of them! Great access to dairy free products though 😀

  6. I’d totally make this if it had butter, flour and eggs. Haha juuuust kidding. I definitely see the merits of healthifying desserts, I just generally suck at doing it. I haven’t baked in an embarrassingly long time, so I should probably start figuring out how to make healthier versions of things. These look fudgy and delicious.

  7. Bowing down to you as the KING of healthified desserts because HOT DAMN these look good. I have to admit that I’m a bit skeptical on how you got all those healthy alternatives to come out to this fudgy deliciousness, but I’m just going to keep staring at the photos and drool. SEND ME ONE.

    But really. Come to California.

    With brownies.

  8. aaah, you reminden me to make more applesauce and use it for baking! I already once made a greek yogurt brownie recipe of yours and it was amazing. I love the veggie touch here too.
    Do people throw on uncooked Sweet Potato?! WTF.

  9. Wow love that you were able to make this dairy free and still just as yummy! I have to keep my eye open for the greek style yogurt, I’m addicted to their unsweetened vanilla – I have 3 containers in my fridge at all times! Thanks for sharing Arman!

  10. can you make one that is sugar free, low carb, gluten free, vegan, and paleo? oh and nut free? haha I actually had to do that once with a bite… GOOD LORD it was hard! i bet you could have done it. these look fab

  11. Dear Arman, I recently went out to dinner and treated myself to the flourless chocolate cake. It is one of my favorites. I love a flourless chocolate dessert. I am very fond of these brownies. They look rich and fudgy..absolutely perfect! Pinning for later. Have a wonderful evening my friend, Catherine

  12. I do like dairy-free ice cream (the coconut-based ones) but only buy them on sale. I’ve tried coconut yogurt and thought it was ok – wasn’t the So Delicious brand though so maybe I need to try that?
    Also I want brownies!

  13. I rarely do dairy-free, but I think it’s because I’m “used” to getting cow’s milk. Yes, someone arrest me. I still drink and cook with cow’s milk. Regardless, these look amazing!! We must be on the same wavelength lately because my recipe last week was chocolate zucchini muffins 🙂

  14. You know I’m a fan of zucchini for more than just its phallic properties. Love these. I will not be throwing mine at Niki. Instead, I will be sitting in the corner hoarding them with chocolate all over my face.

  15. Feel free to throw the corner pieces to me. I will gladly take the hit and eat them.
    The only worthy dairy free frozen treats in my opinion are banana soft serve and sorbets. I’d totally be open to coconut milk ice cream though! Just not water ice cream…you know what I mean.
    p.s. we need to go to laboratorio di gelato.

  16. I love throwing zucchini in breads and desserts. These look pretty amazing. Pinning! So how are you liking NY so far?!

    1. I love it- Well, moreso being able to do what I love here but it’s just so expensive! I’m legitimately looking at CT or Boston or Cleveland as potential areas- Close to NY but without the added price tag!

  17. yessssssss please! So Delicious is my favorite … EVERYTHING. have you tried their cashew ice creams? the SALTED CARAMEL? dang. get it.

    I WANT BROWNIES NOW. sorry to yell…

  18. I will NOT throw one at Niki–sorry those crispy browned edges are fought over in my house 🙂 these look great–and my kids would prefer their zucchini in brownie form much more than zoodle form–in full disclosure 🙂

  19. I was in OZ over 10 years ago and yah, you guys are mega expenzivo! But hearing your accent all day long balances it all out! 😉

    The brownies sound so delicious, and I can imagine how light and airy they taste with the yogurt!

  20. I’ve tried a few dairy-free yogurts in my time, and I have to ay that they’ve definitely gotten better over the years. The first soy yogurt I tried was just… no. Nope. No food should taste like that. I could have used one of these brownies to wash it down…

  21. These look absolutely incredible – love chocolate zucchini bread, and in brownie form I’m sure it’s even better!

    Living in Seattle, I’m fortunate to have easy access to products that fit pretty much any dietary needs including tons of dairy free goods.

  22. Goodness that looks amazing! For some reason there was a huge disconnect for me, looking at the words ‘Flourless, greek yogurt, and zucchini’ and then looking at your brownies. I kept looking back and forth from one to the other, expecting to see some sort of green and white mush yet I did not. Props to you for being so creative when creating healthy recipes!

  23. There are a lot of vegan products here and I embrace them all. My favorite cheese is by a company called Chao and I do love the So Delicious Greek yogurt! Some people mix in berries, I mix in PB. It all works out in the end. I just had So Delicious cookie dough ice cream last night and it was really good! I expected it to taste more coconut-ish but it didn’t at all! I also have salted caramel gelato in my freezer. I cannot wait to try it!

  24. Love this recipe! Of course, I’d totally make these, except…. I can’t get dairy free yogurt here. Haha, I’ll use the regular stuff 🙂

    And… pretty sure KFC “chips” (you’re in America now. Repeat after me– “french fries.”) are NOT paleo 🙂 Who knows what weird vegetable oil lurks in their fryers!

  25. These look so yummy!! I love So Delicious, when I first tried it I remember try allllll the different products too! It’s like you get so excited and try a bite of absolutely everything! Glad your liking America so far! 🙂

  26. I’m so excited to make these! The stars have aligned – almost. I’ve got Sunwarrior in the cupboard, zucchini in the crisper, homemade applesauce in the fridge but no dairy-free yogurt. Regular dairy Greek yogurt it is. I’m doing an expat gig in South Korea (that much closer to Australia!) but man, I feel ya on not being able to get specialty food products. I’m lucky to get cheese, period. Never mind low-fat or dairy-free! But I sure am having fun rising to the occasion to bake and create high-protein goodies regardless! Wish me luck! Cheers!

    1. Hahahah please do, Lauren! You’ve got me excited too!

      Oh wow, I can only imagine how tough that would be- and YES. I tried cheese in Malaysia several years ago and it was sweet and plastic like.

  27. Greetings from Finland! I just found your blog and tried these (and healthy tiramisu oatmeal! <3). I used to hate zucchini and hesitated a little to combine it with my loooove chocolate, but I´m glad I did, YUMMY! 🙂

  28. Sounds great ! I am on the prowl to make a whole lot of freezable treats to give my kids for school. Especially any veggie hidden ones 😉 I have zucchinis growing in the garden and a bunch of bananas in the freezer, so they are my focus for now lol
    Do these freeze well?
    thanks 🙂

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