Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake

A delicious healthy flourless chocolate breakfast cake with hidden shredded zucchini inside it! Fluffy and filling on the inside and tender on the outside with a secretly healthy frosting, this breakfast cake is made with no butter, oil, flour (and/or grains) or sugar- Yet you’d never tell! Naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free with a tested paleo and grain free option! 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

Have you ever played ‘Where’s Wally?’ before? 

Today, we’ll be replacing the word ‘Wally’ with Zucchini. 

Why?

I promise you won’t SEE or TASTE a shred of zucchini in this entire recipe. Go on, comb over each and every single photograph and see if you can see a single shred there. 

Trust me, I had to put this past my biggest critique in life recipes- My sister.

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

I’ve mentioned it on here several times before, but Niki is the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of person. You could give her the most delicious chocolate brownie ever and she’d be a huge fan….until you tell her it’s made with black beans. Suddenly, it was banished from her mind and deemed ‘gross’. 

Saying that, I have to give my sister some leeway- She totally acquired that fault trait from my mum. 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

My mum would act in the exact same manner, albeit with more class and definitely more civilised that Niki (I don’t think my mum has ever said the word ‘gross’, thank goodness). Actually, mum wouldn’t say she didn’t like something. You’d be able to tell from her expression that she was NOT a fan. Picture a cross between a grimace and a fake smile and then you’d know you’ve failed.

Anyway, now that we’ve called out my mum and sister for being high maintenance, let’s talk about this final test. 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

I went over to mum’s place the other week, with this perfectly frosted cake and studded with zucchini inside. I called for Niki to come downstairs to sample this cake, telling her it was like her all time favorite cake ever, the chocolate mud cake. She looked at it sceptically but was willing to try a piece. She polished it off before declaring it was a ‘pretty good chocolate mud cake’.

“Was that your own homemade chocolate mud cake?”

“……Yes.”

Knowing Niki’s taste buds and thought process, had I mentioned zucchini in it, it would have been deemed a fail. If Niki gives it the seal of approval, you KNOW it needs to be made in your kitchen…yesterday. 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

This healthy flourless chocolate zucchini breakfast cake is slightly dense, filling and the perfect sweet start to keep you satisfied for hours! Unlike traditional chocolate based cakes, this chocolate breakfast cake is made with no butter, oil, flour (grains, if you go the paleo route!) or sugar AND boasts a serving of vegetables too! The best part (as evidenced by Niki not tracing it) is that you can’t tell there is any zucchini in it at all- I attest that to the magic of using the cheese grater to shred the squash up! This delicious breakfast cake is also very dietary friendly- It’s suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free lifestyle, and for my grain free/paleo friends, take note of the tested paleo option! 

HACK! For the first time ever, I tried combining the various protein powders for the protein frosting (the paleo protein powder, the casein protein powder and the vegan protein powder) and friends…don’t do that. Stick to just one of the above (if you go the protein route!) or stick to the basics- The cream cheese one or my new favorite, this coconut cream frosting (I used this maple syrup to sweeten and this coconut cream)

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake to keep you satisfied for hours! Tastes like a classic chocolate cake but made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar AND an extra boost of veggies! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make this healthy flourless chocolate zucchini breakfast cake and then play ‘Where’s Wally Zucchini’.

Bet you won’t find them. 

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake
Serves 4
A delicious healthy flourless chocolate breakfast cake with hidden shredded zucchini inside it! Fluffy and filling on the inside and tender on the outside with a secretly healthy frosting, this breakfast cake is made with no butter, oil, flour (and/or grains) or sugar- Yet you'd never tell!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a flour (2 cups total oat flour)
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sweetener of choice (I used a monk fruit zero calorie blend)
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1 T baking powder
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 1/4 cup shredded zucchini, with moisture squeezed out*
  7. 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
  8. 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/4 cup drippy almond butter (can sub for cashew/peanut/coconut oil)
For the paleo option
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 2 T cocoa powder
  3. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey or agave)
  6. 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for cashew or coconut oil)
  7. vanilla extract
  8. 4 large eggs, whisked lightly
  9. 1/4 cup shredded zucchini, with moisture squeezed out*
For the protein frosting
  1. 3 scoops chocolate protein powder (see recommendations above)
  2. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  3. 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  4. Milk of choice, to form batter
For the coconut cream frosting
  1. See above link
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan or 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter (and maple syrup and applesauce for paleo option) and mix very well until a batter is formed.
  4. Pour the batter in the greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes on clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan completely before serving or frosting, if desired.
To make the frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients and using a tablespoon, add milk of choice until a thick, firm batter is formed. Spread on cooled cake.
Notes
  1. * I used a fine cheese grater, as I found that to leave no traces of any zucchini
  2. Cake tastes better once allowed to chill in the fridge for several hours. Cake is freezer friendly- If you freeze, it's best to leave it unfrosted.
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32 thoughts on “Healthy Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cake

  1. I don’t really have similar taste buds to my family, except for my dad. We both are obsessed with peanut butter. I used to think he was weird for going at the jar with a spoon. I’ve been changed 🙂 I love zucchini in baked goods, these look great!

  2. This looks very good!
    I shall be trying it. My Mama (92) hates zucchini so I try to hide it in different dishes.

    I have to comment on your Bio.
    You said you had been to North America and Canada.
    Canada is IN North America…..the USA does not own all of the continent.
    I assume you were saying you had been to the USA and Canada.

    :~D

  3. Still need to try making a protein frosting! I’ve often made veggies disappear in baked goods by blending them with the liquid before mixing. Cheese grater is a great idea though – less clean up!

  4. Sign me up for a big slice of this please, Arman! I feel like zucchini is my totem vegetable, if that’s a thing. I am always putting it in everything, since it seems to actually taste great in everything, I’ve discovered! Now every time I say “guess what’s in it!” to my other half, he immediately answers “zuccchini!!” with (false) enthusiasm 😉 I love the sound of that protein icing too! I bet it would be delicious on so many other baked goods too!

  5. In some ways yes, in some ways no. Unlike my family I HATE the taste of traditional Vietnamese desserts. Unlike me, my family hates the taste of sweet potatoes and peanut butter together! We fit each other soooooooo well. I feel as if this zucchini cake was one of the goodies you gave me right before you went back home, and I thought this was so delicious when I first tried it. If this zucchini cake is it, then let me tell you that I NEVER EVER would have thought zucchini was in it. 😉

  6. Oh man, I used to spend hours as a kind hunting for Waldo! Hours I tell ya. Now I clearly need to spend hours hunting for the zukes in this cake. And of course, I’ll have the eat the parts that are determined to be “waldo-free”. That’s the fun part! 🙂

  7. I’m allllll about sneaking zucchini into everything right now, because I’ve basically crowned myself the queen of volume eating. If I can eat more food for less, count me in. Especially if it involves chocolate and cake AND breakfast.

  8. Oh good gravy. This is going to the top of the list. Perfection!!
    Ps – thank you so much for putting the quantity of oats AND oat flour. Sometimes when I just have the pre made flour I don’t know how it will convert.

  9. “You could give her the most delicious chocolate brownie ever and she’d be a huge fan….until you tell her it’s made with black beans” -> this could be Stefan!
    I am intrigued by baking with zucchini but I never tried it before. Maybe I conduct a little experiment and try if Stefan would notice. I never got away with bean brownies.

  10. oh wow! This looks delicious! I will have to make your Paleo option tomorrow! Thank you for sharing and for including the Chocolate Coconut Whipped Cream link! So glad you enjoyed it! I loved making bread/cake with coconut flour as it tends to be very light and spongy! Xoxo, Ester

  11. Hi Arman, Greatings from Malta. Ready and in the oven. Cannot wait to dig in. After the success of the lemon and poppy seed breakfast cake I had to try out a chocolate one. Even my chocoholic son enjoyed the lemon cake. I love your blog, your recipes are so easy yet they taste great.
    Keep it up!!

    1. Hello Allison- Welcome!!! My friend is in Malta right now and she’s sending me photos of the amazing food there- I am so envious!

      Thank you so much for your kind words, hope you both continue to enjoy them! 🙂

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