Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Brownies are rich, chocolaty, and a favorite summer dessert! You will never know they are made with zucchini! 

Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Recipes

Everyone is always looking for zucchini recipes during the summer months when zucchini is out of control, myself included.  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 making my favorite zucchini breads, chocolate and lemon, but I wanted to try something new. Last night, we needed a dessert to take to a party, so I made chocolate chip zucchini brownies. Yes, dessert is always needed, especially when zucchini brownies are involved. They are SO good and one of my favorite summer desserts.



Zucchini Brownie Recipe

Magic Zucchini Brownies

I love baking with zucchini. You start with a green vegetable and end with a decadent dessert. I kind of feel like a magician because people are always so surprised when they find out zucchini is involved. Zucchini really is a magic ingredient. Zucchini makes these brownies extra special.

When I pull a warm pan of brownies out of the oven everyone always gathers around for a taste because they don’t look like zucchini brownies, they look like a pan of fudgy, chocolaty brownies! Everyone lines up for a taste! They are always blown away because these brownies are perfection! They are so rich and delicious!

A few tips for making zucchini brownies:

  • You can use a large or small zucchini, the size doesn’t matter. I know a lot of people like to use overgrown zucchini for baking and that is just fine. Don’t let those big zucchini go to waste.
  • Shred the zucchini with a cheese grater or food processor. I never peel the zucchini.
  • I don’t squeeze out the moisture in the zucchini for this recipe. You want the brownies to be moist. If your zucchini is extra watery, you can squeeze it out a little in a paper towel, but don’t get rid of all of the moisture.
  • The mixture will look dry when you start and that is ok. It will be just fine after you add in the zucchini. Just be patient:)
  • Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips into the batter and save ¼ cup for sprinkling on top. The chocolate chips make the brownies even more chocolaty, which is a very good thing!
  • This recipe makes a 9×13-inch pan, which makes this brownie recipe a great one to share!
  • Pro tip-cut the brownies with a plastic knife after they have cooled. A plastic knife is magic and doesn’t make a lot of crumbs.

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

Make sure you check out our favorite zucchini recipes here!

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4.79 from 74 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini don't squeeze out the moisture
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, combine sugar, oil, and flour, combine until mixture resembles wet sand. It will be dry looking and that is ok. While mixing, on low, add cocoa, shredded zucchini, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. The mixture will moisten once the zucchini is added. Stir in one cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the brownies are set.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut brownies into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 223mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 2.5mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1.7mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe to use up my massive harvest of zucchini and ended up on this one. These are absolutely amazing! I peeled the zucchini and shredded it really fine, used about a cup and a half of it since it was so fine. They turned out delightful. Served with some vanilla icecream. My 3 year old and anti-veggie friend both loved them!!

  2. 5 stars
    Well to be honest my child’s hate any treat with zucchini in it ( mine usually go to the pigs) but this year I decided to grow patty pan squash. I wanted to do something sweet with it instead of savoury and I stumbled across this recipe. Because patty pan is way less wet than zucchini I had to add a little water to give it the right consistency for pouring. The bake time was right on and I seriously whipped these up at 10:30pm so that my daughter and I would have a nice treat to go with our work lunches. My youngest said they were the best brownies she has ever had! The only thing I might try next time is some walnut incorporated into batter. So perfect and I will make again. Just curious if it freezes well! Thank you so much!
    Samantha

  3. Made those! Added an egg and 1/4 c milk because of dryness! Unbelievable! Cut into larger pieces, topped with whip as a dessert. Awesome to freeze

  4. 3 stars
    Recipe is good depending on what you’re looking for. I love a dense, chewy brownie, and this is definitely more cakey than anything else, which is great if you love that, but not if you don’t. They taste nice, can’t even tell the veggie is in there. Next time I might try significantly lowering or leaving out the leavening agent and see what happens 🙂

  5. 4 stars
    This is good, but not what i was expecting. This is cake. Not brownies. Not rich or fudgy. It’s a light cake. Needs more cocoa powder and a couple eggs.

  6. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING! I think I would grate the Zucchini on one size smaller on the grater – but I couldn’t believe how moist and delicious it turned out!

    I have enough Zucchini left for another batch, and this one I will make with the Black Cocoa (that you used for your Oreo’s) for a friend who LOVES dark chocolate – I bet they turn out awesome as well!

    1. OOPS…the Oreo recipe was from Acre Homestead – who featured your recipe!!! (you can find Becky on YouTube if you are interested!)

  7. 5 stars
    These are excellent and everyone I share them with loves them. The only thing tho is they take longer to bake than the recipe states. It’s not my oven, I checked that. I will definitely be making these for years to come.

  8. I’ve never left a comment on a recipe before until now. These brownies were the best brownies I’ve ever tasted in my life! Cake, brownie-what ever you want to call it. Absolutley delicious! Thanks for this recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I read one review that suggested adding one egg and 1/4 cup milk, I followed that rec and boom So YUMMY!
    I did put mine in a 7× 11 pan,they needed a good 45 minutes to bake, center was a tad googy but still tasty.

    Will def add this to my collection of go to dessert recipes.

  10. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I read one review that suggested adding one egg and 1/4 cup milk, I followed that rec and boom So YUMMY!
    I did put mine in a 7× 11 pan,they needed a good 45 minutes to bake, center was a tad googy but still tasty.

    Will def add this to my collection of go to dessert recipes.

  11. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! Since there is only my husband and myself, I cut the recipe in half and I add 1 egg to the batter. It’s great that way. If I were to make the whole recipe I would add 2 eggs. That’s just me. . .

  12. I am so glad you shared this recipe. I made it yesterday. My family loved them! So delicious, best brownies I have tasted. Followed your recipe and they came looking just like the photo you posted. Thank you.

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