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healthy zucchini brownies

Super Fudgy Vegan Zucchini Brownies | Healthy + Gluten Free!

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  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These super fudgy and rich vegan zucchini brownies are the ultimate indulgence while being full of fresh zucchini, refined sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free! So easy to make, and you’d never know these brownies are healthier!


  • 1 cup (175 grams or 6.17 ounces) grated zucchini (do NOT pat dry)
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1 cup (100 grams) cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) vegan butter
  • 1 cup (170 grams) vegan chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup (160 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) dairy free milk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (85 grams) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • Chocolate chips for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and grease and line an 8×8″ pan with oil and parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the ingredients. Grate the zucchini and set aside. Measure and weigh out all ingredients before beginning for an easy process.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. Make the vegan zucchini brownie batter. Melt the vegan butter until hot, and pour into a large bowl. Add in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips, and whisk together until the chocolate chips have completely melted. Then add in the applesauce and dairy free milk, and whisk to combine. Finally, add in the coconut sugar, and whisk until completely mixed into the batter. Carefully sift in the flour, and using a rubber spatula, begin to fold the flour into the batter. Mix the batter until there are just a few streaks of flour left. Then add in the zucchini and remaining chocolate chips. Fold the batter until the zucchini and chocolate chips are evenly distributed.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepare making pan and gently spread the batter to reach the edges of the pan. Bake the brownies fro 27-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove the brownies from the oven, and allow them to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Giving them time to cool allows the vegan butter and chocolate to come back to room temperature and solidify more for an easier slice. Then you can slice and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 171
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 14.4 mg
  • Fat: 9.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.1 g
  • Fiber: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.2 mg