Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies Recipe - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

Gooey, fudgy brownies are the best. The. Best. I don’t mean to offend those of you who like more cake-style brownies, but you’re wrong.

This recipe is not only fudgy, but includes zucchini, which means it counts as a vegetable side dish. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself to avoid the all-too-appropriate fact that fudgy rhymes with pudgy.

On the plus side, I got new running shoes! So I’m allow to have another brownie, right?


chocolate zucchini brownies

On a more serious note, this recipe is fan-freakin-tastic for all those zucchinis you’ve been harvesting from your garden. It’s about that time of year when it seems like everyone is trying to give them away. The other day, my neighbors thanked me for the bag full of freshly-picked zucchinis left on their porch.

I didn’t leave a bag full of freshly-picked zucchinis on their porch.

That’s right, they were the victims of drive-by-zucchiniing. The perpetrator was probably some poor gardener who though planting an extra row of zucchinis seemed like a good idea earlier this year, but is now out of space to store all the squash being produced. I can just see her, hair wild, eyes crazed, shoving bags of zucchini into strangers’ arms. Take them. Please. I can’t…Take them! I need to get away from them! AHHHHHHH!

Along with these brownies, I definitely recommend these chocolate chip zucchini cookies, and we’ll be posting some other zucchini recipes later this month. Neighbors are much more welcoming to a plate full of baked goods than yet another bag full of vegetables.

zucchini brownies

Hat tip to Lick the Bowl Good, who’s recipe on Pinterest inspired these tasty treats. Bonus: omit the chocolate chips and you have a great vegan recipe. You can throw in some nuts instead if you want!

Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 small brownies or 18 large brownies

Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

These delicious, fudgy brownies are a great way to use zucchini from your garden and sneak some extra veggies into your diet.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 packed cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl mix sugar, apple sauce, canola oil, vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. The mixture will be very dry.
  2. Squeeze most of the liquid from the zucchini and discard.
  3. Add the zucchini and chocolate chips, and stir until the batter comes together.
  4. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Cool on wire rack before cutting into squares.


You can substitute nuts for the chocolate chips or omit them completely if you want a vegan version of this recipe.


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3 thoughts on “Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

  1. Wow, that is actually a lot of zucchini! I agree that this is practically a health food.. and I’m totally laughing about the “you’re wrong” comment. The only thing I like better than brownies is brownie batter, so I think I’m with you on this one:)

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