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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini season is not over yet.  Our good friends gave us a zucchini the size of a baseball bat from their garden. I am trying to come up with creative ways to use our humongous zucchini. I love zucchini bread, zucchini cookies, but I wanted to try something new. Last night we needed a dessert to watch the opening NFL football game, so I made chocolate chip zucchini brownies.

The friend’s we are living with until our kitchen remodel is finished aren’t the biggest zucchini fans. When I brought the zucchini inside, they kindly told me to pack it in my suitcase:) Yesterday, they left the house to run a few errands-I knew it was my chance to bake with my zucchini. I wasn’t sure how long they would be gone, so I asked Josh to help me. We made zucchini brownies in record time. The kitchen was spotless when they came home.

When I cut the brownies for dessert, they knew there was something different about these brownies. The green zucchini peeked through the chocolate too well. Darn! Oh well, it didn’t matter, they were good sports and tried the brownies. To our surprise, and theirs, they actually enjoyed them. The brownies are rich, chocolaty, and moist-what’s not to like?

If you are still looking for ways to use up your garden zucchini, give these chocolate chip zucchini brownies a try!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes


1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 11 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.

2. In a stand mixer, combine sugar, canola oil, and flour, combine until mixture resembles wet sand. While mixing, on low, add cocoa, zucchini, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the brownies are set.

4. Cool on a wire rack. Cut brownies into squares and serve.

Recipe adapted from Food Finery

If you like these zucchini brownies, you might also like:

Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries from Two Peas and Their Pod
Zucchini Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting from Baking Bites
Zucchini Chocolate Loaf from Fork Spoon Knife
Hazelnut Zucchini Bread from Vintage Mixer

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153 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies”

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 10, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    These look so chocolatey and fudgy! Delish!

  2. Joe @ Eden Kitchen — September 10, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    Yum, I love chocolate and zucchini :)

  3. Sues — September 10, 2010 @ 4:36 am

    Wow, I never would have thought to put zucchini in brownies, but why not? It sounds like a fabulous idea!

  4. Megan — September 10, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    These sound delicious! I love chocolate zucchini bread so I’m sure the flavor is similar. Such a creative idea! Coincidentally, I posted about zucchini today too.

  5. Amy from She Wears Many Hats — September 10, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    I wonder if the kids would ever know? Worth a try, huh?

    • twopeas replied: — September 10th, 2010 @ 6:29 am

      I think these brownies would be a hit with the kids. They are so good!

  6. Jenny Flake — September 10, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    Wow, I think I’d eat one of these right now for breakfast! Yum!

  7. Kalynskitchen — September 10, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    I love the sound of this! I might experiment to see if I can come up with a low-sugar version.

  8. megan — September 10, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    I bet the zucchini made them moist and delish!

  9. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — September 10, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    Another fabulous sounding recipe from you that I need to add to my “to-make” list. How am I supposed to choose which to make first?! :)

  10. Heather — September 10, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    Oh these would be perfect for my little ones. A perfect way to sneak in a few veggies. They look delicious Maria!

  11. Traci — September 10, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    My husband would be worse than your friends, anyday. I’ve learned to making the zucchini into a puree instead of shredded. Then he can’t complain! :)

  12. Eliana — September 10, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    What an interesting way to enjoy to enjoy this delicious veggie.

  13. Caroline @ A Cozy Kitchen — September 10, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    What a fun idea, I would never have thought of this! I may have to give these brownies a try, it might be the one way to get my fiance to eat his veggies!

  14. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — September 10, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Another great way to use up zucchini!! Those brownies look fudgy and delicious!

  15. Angie — September 10, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    These look so amazing! They are so moist and delicious looking.

  16. Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 10, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    i would never have thought to add zucchini to brownies, but it sounds awesome! i love the green flecks too :)

  17. Erica — September 10, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    hehe- I love how you tried to sneak this into the dessert! Glad everyone enjoyed them!! They look tasty. A perfect kickoff to football season

  18. Tessa — September 10, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    When you tweeted this recipe last night it sounded so good! I’m glad you posted :) love when you can find ways to add veggies into something delish.

  19. Pam — September 10, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    What a great idea! I love that you added zucchini to these tasty treats.

  20. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 10, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    Ha! That is so funny that the zucchini was poking through. I am sure these brownies were devoured in seconds, they look wonderful :) xo

  21. naomi — September 10, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    What a great idea to add zuchinni to brownies. I’m going to have to give this a go.

  22. Monica H — September 10, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I don’t have zuke growing in my garden but I’m gonna go get some just for these brownies! I love throwing it in my chocolate baked goods- it just SO yummy!

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Brittany — September 10, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Yes please! 😀

  24. Michelle — September 10, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Any kind of brownie is a welcomed treat in my house!

  25. Kara — September 10, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    These are a favorite at our house! The deer killed our zucchini plants this year and it has been sad not having any to cook with. :(

  26. Shannon — September 10, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    These look delicious. I love zucchini and I love brownies, so you’ve created their love child. I also think it’s great that you wrote “we needed a dessert to watch the opening NFL football game”. I was just having a discussion the other day with some friends that football season makse us think of great food.

  27. Miri of — September 10, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Brilliant! Yet another creative use for zucchini. My plant has started to produce a bumper crop and I needed some new ideas. I can see how the zucchini would add a lot of moisture and make brownies even chewier… great idea. Oh — and if you use yellow zucchini next time it might not get noticed! When it bakes, it sort of disappears because there’s less pigment in the skin.

  28. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 10, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    I have never baked with zucchini before, but this lovely recipe of yours just may have convinced me to try! Thank you for sharing these brownies, they look just great!

  29. Katrina — September 10, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Those do look great! I’ve heard it helps to disguise zucchini more if you peel the green skin off. But Glad your friends like them. I’m not picky about green in my brownies!

  30. Joanne — September 10, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    Way to try to sneak a few veggies into your host family! these do look awfully chewy and fudgy. Yum!

  31. CaseyJ — September 10, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    Oh, YEA!!!! And they are Vegan to boot! I will bake some today for my husband. Thank you.

  32. Amanda — September 10, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    Looks fabulous!

  33. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 10, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    Those brownies look great.. and I love that you can see the little flecks of green from the zucchini! :)

  34. Katrina (gluten free gidget) — September 10, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    What an awesome recipe!

  35. Honey — September 11, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    These look so good and not super fattening. I love your blog and it’s so simple and elegant. I will definitely be trying these, they look super fudgy!

    • twopeas replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 8:15 am

      Thank you for the compliment!

  36. becca — September 11, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    Made these tonight-they are soooo good. The edges get nice and chewy, the center is soft, and you’d never know from the taste that there’s zucchini in them-I feed them to DH and DD – both who hate zucchini (I know-blasphemy!) and they both loved them!

    • twopeas replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 8:15 am

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the brownies!

  37. Mariko — September 11, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    These do look good. I love zuchinni anything.

  38. LimeCake — September 12, 2010 @ 1:01 am

    i wonder how prominent the zucchini flavor is. this looks delicious and moist!

  39. Liz @ LBBakes — September 12, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    I love using fruits and veggies in creative ways – zucchini in brownies is a new one but I’m excited to try it!

  40. Barbara Bakes — September 12, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    I’m sure the zucchini made these brownies even more moist and delicious!

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