Zucchini Brownies are perfect for this time of year! Easy to make and delicious!
“Healthier” Zucchini Brownies
These brownies, you guys, just ridiculous. And you can bet your bottom dollar your kiddos will love them just as much as you do (they do not need to know they are made with whole wheat flour and 2 cups of zucchini… shhhhhh).
Hitting some of the highlights – there is whole wheat flour, ground flax, coconut sugar, coconut oil and very little butter. I actually did one version without butter, substituting it with applesauce. It worked really well, it just resulted in the brownies being a little bit more cake-like and less dense. But still really good!
And yes, yes yes…. the kiddos gobbled these up like no other. They did not suspect that there were vegetables inside, just like when they inhaled my Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Carrot, Spinach and Zucchini! Yessssss. Mission accomplished.
Don’t worry though guys, they are still brownies at their core. There is enough cocoa powder and chocolate chip cookies in there that you will not be left wanting more. Promise.
Why You Will Love this Recipe
- Zucchini Season: these are perfect for when your garden is over-flowing with zucchinis!
- Healthy Swaps: love the healthy swaps we made here – they are still dessert and still delicious!
- Grain-Free Friendly: we tested these again this year to create a version that is grain-free!
Gluten-Free + Grain-Free Version
In order to make this delicious recipe gluten-free and grain-free you can swap out the whole wheat flour for 1 cup fine almond flour and 1/2 cup cassava flour + an extra 1/4 teaspoon baking powder.
How to Make Zucchini Brownies
Combine your dry ingredient into a bowl (except the coconut sugar) and mix well. Set aside.
Shred your zucchini.
Squeeze out as much moisture from the zucchini as possible.
Whip your eggs using a stand mixer and then add in your coconut sugar and other wet ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Pour out batter into prepared baking pan.
Feel free to add extra zucchini or chocolate chips on top.
Bake and then let cool before cutting.
I am telling you – you need gotta try these this weekend. Make a batch, drink a glass of almond milk with a fresh, warm gooey brownie and then let me know how they turn out!!!
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- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 9–12 brownies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Zucchini Brownies – these healthier Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies are SO GOOD and I have also included a paleo-friendly version too!
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups grated zucchini (squeeze out excess water)
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (see notes for grain-free swap)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/8 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coffee
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (feel free to add more or less if you want)
- Extra chocolate chips, shredded zucchini and sea salt for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grate your zucchini and squeeze out excess moisture with a cheesecloth. Set aside.
- In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, flax, baking soda, salt and coffee. Mix thoroughly.
- In stand mixer, beat eggs for about 30 seconds.
- Melt butter and coconut oil.
- Add to eggs along with vanilla and coconut sugar.
- Beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Then take dry ingredients and, while stand mixer is on low, slowly add dry ingredients until fully mixed in.
- Stop the stand mixer gently fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
- Place in a prepared 9×9 pan.
- Add additional chocolate chips or zucchini on top if you want.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes or so.
- Sprinkle with a little sea salt before serving.
- Gooey: If you want them a bit more gooey then I would bake them for 30-35 minutes and make sure you add in the chocolate chips!
- Dairy-Free: you can use plant-butter and dairy-free chocolate chips to easily make these dairy-free.
- Grain-Free: to make these grain-free/gf simply swap out the whole wheat flour for 1 cup almond flour and 1/2 cup cassava flour and then add an extra 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
- Storage: store in an airtight container on the counter for about a day or so and then store them in the refrigerator.
- Nutrition: estimated nutrition provided is for if pan is cut into 12 brownie bites.
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 288
- Sugar: 26.9 g
- Sodium: 100.5 mg
- Fat: 15.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 36.2 g
- Protein: 4.4 g
- Cholesterol: 41.2 mg
Keywords: zucchini brownies
Originally published February 23, 2017.
Your recipe doesn’t say how to prepare the pan; can I spread coconut oil on the bottom of the plan for instance?
Coconut oil would work great!
These brownies are fabulous! I used the gf recipe and added dark chocolate chips! They came out perfectly!! Another wonderful recipe from Erin! Never disappointed.
So happy to hear that, Susan! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review – I so appreciate it!
Made these tonight! I’m swimming in zucchini and was looking for a new recipe to use some of it up. These are perfect! Easy to whip up and they are delicious. Definitely making them again!
So glad you enjoyed them, Meagan! Thanks for taking the time to leave review 🙂
Amy Nelson says
Erin’s recipes never disappoint! Perfect brownies and her sub for grain free worked perfectly. Will be my go to brownie recipe from now on- never would know zucchini is in it! Yum! Q
Thank you so much, Amy!!! So glad you enjoyed them! And thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a review – I really appreciate it 🙂
Can I use almond or coconut flour in place of whole wheat?
Virginia Willis says
Thanks for the recipe. I recently tried Persian carrots with almonds. You can look them up on line. Mayan or sweet onion was included. Virginia
Awesome! Glad you liked it! Love that you put your own spin on it!
Any suggestions for gluten free on these brownies? Just use gluten free flour?
These were awesome – definitely gonna be made quite regularly!
That is so great to hear, Andy!! I am so glad you like them ?