Chocolate chip zucchini brownies

Thought I’d share one of my new favorite brownie recipes, full of chocolate chips, shredded zucchini, cinnamon and cardamom they are a wonderful spin on a childhood favorite.  They are still decadent and delicious but I feel a little less sinful since they are loaded with vegetables, contain no butter and use whole wheat pastry flour.  The next time you have a chocolate craving give these a try!

Chocolate chip zucchini brownies
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (you can use an equal amount of vanilla bean paste if you have it)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (regular pastry flour works too, or use all-purpose flour)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 large zucchini)
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, with a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Line an 8x8 square baking pan with parchment paper allowing the edges to drape over the pan for easy removal. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, sugar, applesauce (or butter or oil if using), zucchini and salt until combined.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cardamom. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir just to combine.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix to incorporate.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the center is just set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing.



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    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

    2 thoughts on “Chocolate chip zucchini brownies

    1. Lorinda

      Hi I found your blog today. I was interested in the recipe for zucchini brownies. I clicked the link and it sent me to BLISS website and said error. Please direct me to the recipe for zucchini brownies. Thanks so much!

      1. Tina Post author

        Hi Lorinda,

        I’ve added the complete recipe to the post so you should be good to go. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy them if you try them!


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