Zucchini Brownies are moist and chocolaty with a simple frosting. They also happen to be dairy-free/vegan. You’ll never know there’s zucchini hidden in them!
My first job was at a retirement home in the kitchen/dining room. One of my many tasks was shredding carrots for the salad bar. I hated shredding carrots. For one, it’s pretty boring. But it also turns your hands orange and is kind of messy. It was better than peeling hard boiled eggs though.
Man, I loved that job. Old people are the best.
This recipe requires you to shred zucchini. It’s still not my favorite thing to do but at least it doesn’t stain your hands. Plus, it’s worth it.
I went to the Farmer’s Market last weekend with my mom & brother and picked up some green beans and zucchini. I made roasted green beans & zucchini but made sure to save enough for a dessert.
Usually my go-to zucchini recipe is Paula Deen’s zucchini bread.
However, I saw Dorothy at Crazy for Crust make zucchini brownies and knew I had to try my version.
Zucchini Brownie Ingredients
These actual brownies are vegan / dairy-free. The frosting does call for butter but it can be swapped for coconut oil to keep them vegan.
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- Vegetable Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Hot Water
Do I have to peel the zucchini?
Many people wonder if you have to peel zucchini before you use it in baked goods and the answer is no, you don’t. Just give the zucchini a wash then grate it, leaving the skin on, with a box grater. That’s it!
They’re all kinds of delicious. They’re very moist and chocolatey. Everyone that has tasted them has said “these have zucchini in them?!”.
I don’t like frosting on brownies so I just drizzled it over the top & they were still plenty sweet.
TOOLS TO HELP MAKE ZUCCHINI BROWNIES
- 9 x 13 baking dish – love that this one has a lid
- Box grater – for grating your zucchini
- A whisk – which reminds me, I need to order a new one
NEED MORE WAYS TO BAKE WITH ZUCCHINI? TRY THESE:
- Chocolate Marble Zucchini Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins
- Lemon Zucchini Bread
- Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies
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Photos updated August 6, 2017; originally published September 30, 2012
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