Zucchini Brownies

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These zucchini brownies are a sneaky way to hide some veggies in your chocolate dessert! Rich, fudgy, and naturally flourless, no one will know!

Love zucchini desserts? Try my healthy zucchini muffins, healthy chocolate zucchini bread, and chocolate zucchini cake.

zucchini brownies.

My family find it amusing when zucchini are in season because besides zucchini fries, I tend to use this veggie for desserts. While they are always fans of them, my zucchini brownie is their absolute favorite…and mine too!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make zucchini brownies
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More brownie recipes to try
  8. Zucchini Brownies (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • They are healthier. These brownies don’t use any flour or refined sugar, so even without the zucchini, they are already a healthier dessert!
  • Quick and easy to make. From prep the plate, this entire dessert bakes up in just 25 minutes.
  • You can make it diet-friendly. Not only are these brownies naturally gluten-free, but you can adapt them to other diets out there with just a few tweaks.
  • Fudgy and rich. Most importantly, zucchini brownies tick all the right boxes when it comes to it’s taste and texture!

★★★★★ REVIEW

“I give it a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”Glenna

Ingredients needed

  • Almond butter. I like to make my own, but any no-stir almond butter works well.
  • Maple syrup. This liquid sweetener helps keep the middle of the brownies fudgy and balances out the sweetness. Honey and agave nectar also work.
  • Brown sugar OR coconut sugar. Either of these sugars works. Go for coconut sugar if you want these brownies to be healthier. Of course, white sugar will also work.
  • Eggs. room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract. A must for any good chocolate dessert. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. 100% Dutch processed and sifted. For a richer chocolate flavor, I sometimes use dark cocoa powder.
  • Salt. A pinch of sea salt will transform the flavor and texture.
  • Baking powder. Leavening agent to give the brownies some rise and stability. 
  • Zucchini. Finely shredded zucchini with the moisture removed. I like to use a box grater for perfect shreds.
  • Dark chocolate chips. Optional, but who doesn’t love brownies with pools of chocolate throughout?

How to make zucchini brownies

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- make the batter. Mix the almond butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix through the cocoa and baking powder, then stir through the zucchini and chocolate chips. 

Step 2- bake the brownies. Transfer the mixture into a lined square pan and reserve some chocolate chips to place on top. Bake the brownies for 22-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out mostly clean. 

zucchini brownie recipe.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Do not over-bake the brownies; they will continue to cook as they cool down.
  • Always reserve a handful of chocolate chips for topping the brownies with, as that guarantees tons of chocolate in every bite!
  • Make sure to use good-quality cocoa powder for the richest chocolate flavor.
  • Don’t overmix the batter, as it can make your brownies tough and dry. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until combined, then gently fold the shredded zucchini and chocolate.

Dietary swaps and variations

These brownies are super forgiving, so you can easily adapt them to other diets or change up their texture by adding nuts, frosting, and more: 

  • Skip the eggs. Make them eggless by replacing the eggs with one of these egg substitutes
  • Cut the carbs. For low carb zucchini brownies, swap the maple syrup my keto maple syrup and use a brown sugar substitute
  • Change up the flavor. Add mix-ins like walnuts, coconut flakes, or even white chocolate chips. 
  • Replace the nut butter. Substitute the almond butter for peanut butter, cashew butter, or a nut-free alternative like tahini. 
  • Frost it! Add some frosting, like a chocolate frosting or a healthy frosting

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover brownies can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two weeks.

To freeze: Place the cooled baked brownies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to six months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use frozen zucchini?

Yes, you can use frozen zucchini for this recipe. Thaw the zucchini completely and squeeze out any excess moisture before using them.

More brownie recipes to try

zucchini brownies recipe.

Zucchini Brownies

5 from 335 votes
These zucchini brownies are a sneaky way to hide some veggies in your chocolate dessert! Rich, fudgy, and naturally flourless, no one will know!
Servings: 12 Brownies
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add in the cocoa powder and baking powder. Fold through the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Transfer your brownie batter to the lined pan and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out just clean from the center. 
  • Allow brownies to cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving.

Notes

TO STORE: Leftover brownies can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two weeks.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooled baked brownies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to six months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownieCalories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSodium: 44mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published April 2019, updated June 2023, and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I eat zucchini very often but like salad. This can be amazing-healthy sweet without even the taste of veggies. Really need to try.
    Parents can make this for their children!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these brownies using sugar-free maple syrup, brown sugar substitute, and sugar-free chocolate chips. The brownies turned out delicious and fudgy-the best brownies I’ve made since I had to give up sugar 1 1/2 years ago. Fantastic recipe!

    One question-you have different baking times in the discussion and in the recipe itself. I started checking them at 20 minutes, and baked them about 5 minutes longer, and they turned out perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    My medium zucchinis are quite different than my neighbor’s medium zucchinis. About how many cups, grated, are your medium zucchinis? Or by weight would be helpful please. 🙂

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