Vegan Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Packed Brownie Recipe

This year we seemed to have a LOT of zucchini. Like, too much to eat sometimes. And I hate throwing away food. Zucchini isn’t exactly a vegetable my toddler enjoys eating as is, so I had to get creative and find some new recipes. Bonus points for me if I can hide zucchini in a cake or a brownie!

I found this delicious recipe that I ended up tweaking to make it slightly healthier, and it was a big hit with everyone! My toddler devoured it! I feel like an evil genius when there are hidden vegetables in a dessert, and I fool my son. Mommy for the win!

For another “hidden zucchini” idea, check out our favorite carrot zucchini bread recipe.

Zucchini Brownies

In my opinion, the fewer steps there are in a recipe, the better. But for this one I do recommend one extra optional step: dry the shredded zucchini by lightly pressing in a paper towel. This cake will still be really moist after baking because of all of the zucchini, so this ensures it won’t be too mushy.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional Dry Ingredients (I included all of them)

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (could substitute with coconut oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 overflowing cups shredded zucchini


Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Mix together all dry ingredients, then add in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Mix completely (I found it easiest to mix by hand,) then fold in the shredded zucchini. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Bon appetite!

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What are your favorite zucchini recipes? How
do you get your kids to eat more vegetables?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Vegan Zucchini Brownie Recipe


18 thoughts on “Vegan Zucchini Brownies

  1. Betty Boiron

    I’ve tried zucchini muffins before, but not brownies. Why not! I would sub the white sugar for honey and probably use less and see how it turns out. Zucchini doesn’t have a strong taste in baked goods, so you don’t need a ton of sugar to cover up the taste of it.

  2. Natalie

    Ooh as much as I’m impressed by the courgette I’m more impressed that these are vegan but look to have the perfect brownie texture too – gooey and not crumbly! I’ve vegetarian slowly turning to vegan and I’m always looking for yummy vegan dessert recipes.

  3. Joanna

    I had no idea that you could use zucchini to make brownies! This is so ingenious! I’d love to try the recipe one time.

  4. Sarah

    I have seen recipes for zucchini and chocolate before and have never really looked into it. But, as I am trying to eat healthier, this is something that could indulge my sweet tooth and still be healthy.

  5. Rachel

    Wow, this looks so delicious. Who would think there was zucchini in there? We tend to grow a lot of zucchini in the summertime so I’ll definitely be trying this 🙂

  6. Nicky A

    I have heard so many good reviews from zucchini brownies and after reading this and seeing the pictures it’s making me want them even more! Can’t wait to try them out!


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