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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free – you’re gonna love them!

Growing up my mom use to make this stuff called friendship bread. It was bread that she use to make for all her friends (hence us calling it friendship bread 🙂 )- it was basically Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips in it. But it was absolutely delicious!

…. and that was the beginning of my love affair with chocolate and zucchini.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Ok. If I’m being honest I’ve had a love affair with Chocolate for a while. So anything that gets added to it is “A” okay in my book .. and if it’s a vegetable even better!

Who knew veggies and chocolate would go so well together!

So when did these zucchini brownies come in the mix?

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Well, last week my parents were in town looking for a house to buy here in Texas. We were out searching for homes during all the rain and crazy flooding – I think we went into about 40+ homes. Luckily they found one that they loved and have a contract on it now! Woohoo!

Whenever something good would happen …. or my mom had left over zucchini she would make the friendship bread. 🙂

So when they put a contract down on the house I wanted to make something to celebrate.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

CHOCOLATE  is the way to my dad’s heart! So naturally I had to make something with chocolate in it. Brownies is always a good place to start!

Am I right?

And going back to my mom’s friendship bread, why not add Zucchini to them and make them a “blast from the past” type of brownie.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

You guys are going to LOVE these brownies. They are healthy for you but you would never know it based solely on flavor! These brownies use NO oil, NO butter, NO eggs and NO refined sugar! So what makes them sweet?

Bananas, unsweetened applesauce, zucchini, and honey … oh and of course the chocolate chips! These brownies are moist and have more of a cake-like texture to them. I guarantee you’ll love them and never want another brownie again!!

Alright you chocoholics.. here we go. Now… go grab you a glass of milk and chow down on these Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies! 🙂

Bon Appetit my friends and Happy MONDAY!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies that are oil, butter, and egg free AND naturally sweetened! These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt free - you're gonna love them! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

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zucchini chocolate chip brownies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 18 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Vegetarian, Easy Healthy Recipes, Kid Friendly
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These brownies are extra chocolatey, loaded with zucchini, slightly sweet, and perfectly guilt-free!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups of finely grated zucchini
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch glass baking pan.
  2. Grate Zucchini. Set aside.
  3. Mash up bananas in a large bowl and combine with honey and applesauce. Stir together until incorporated.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and cocoa powder (I used dutch processed because I like it better).
  5. Then add in baking soda, salt, and grated zucchini. Stir well.
  6. Lastly add in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and White Whole Wheat Flour. Stir until fully incorporated.
  7. Spread brownie batter out in greased pan.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

Notes

(adapted from SparkRecipes.com)


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 145
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 107 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: zucchini brownies, healthy brownies, low calorie brownies

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48 comments on “Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies”

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    Nancy Nordick

    These are wonderful. So…….I have a meeting 7 days away AND the last of the zucchini are coming out of the garden. Can I freeze the brownies after they are made so they are fresher. Using frozen zucchini changes the recipe texture even if I really squeeze the zucchini dry.

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    Nancy Nordick

    My sister made these and passed the recipe on to me. She loved them.
    Can I freeze these? I have a lot of zucchini now, and our church bazaar is 6 weeks away.

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    I love, love, love chocolate and zucchini together – it’s such a delicious combo! Plus, it’s always a bonus when you get a serving of veggies for dessert and you don’t even know it 👌🏼

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    These look terrific! Great texture and I love that you’ve crammed in an entire two cups of finely shredded zucchini!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    These get a double “A” in my book! Love that your mom called her bread, “friendship bread” — so sweet! These look amazing, and I’ve been craving brownies a lot lately! Nice

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    I love baking with zucchini. I made zucchini brownies a few years ago, need to try your version next time! It has been far too long!

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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    I LOVE the idea of these brownies!! Healthy and full of great chocolate flavor 🙂

  8. Krista, this is lovely. It would be great if you linked it to Food on Friday: Zucchini. The showcases from this Food on Friday have not yet been selected. This link will take you to my home page where you will find a sidebar with links to all the different Food on Fridays. So that I know you have linked and can be sure to pin to the board I have for each one, please do leave a short comment. Cheers

    1. Thanks for stopping by Carole, I just headed over and entered into your Food on Friday showcase. 🙂

      1. Krista,

        Thanks for popping over and linking in. I have signed up to follow you with my new friend Bloglovin’ It would be great if you followed Carole’s chatter, too. Cheers

  9. OMG TOTALLY making these!!!! YUMMM!! They look rich and decadent but no oil or eggs?! I am so excited! Plus I love zucchini! Thanks so much for sharing this! Following you now and am so hoping to be bloggy buddies!!

    Hugs!
    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

    1. haha.. I know thats what I thought when I saw them and they so live up to what they look like. They are awesome! LOVE new bloggy buddies!! 🙂

  10. These sound amazing!! Definitely going on my to-do list! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

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    Meg @BigRedClifford

    Ok, these look so good. I love your site right back! 😉 I love finding new blog friends!

    1. Thank goodness for pinterest! 🙂 Its where I found the recipe, and I am so in love. They are so moist, you will love them! Thanks for stopping by Holly!

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    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

    Best way to sneak in Veggies! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!!!

  13. Hi!

    Stopped by from the Marvoulous Mondays link party.These look so good! I’ve been wanting to bake with zucchini and chocolate together and I have yet to try it. What was the texture like for the zucchini once it was baked in?
    Pinned it and hopefully I’ll remember to try these soon!

    ~~
    Kristy @ 3peppers-recipes.com

    1. It turned out great, almost the same texture as Zucchini bread but with the bananas it made the brownies more “fudge” like. The zucchini’s give it great taste! Hope you like it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Kristy!

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    Cindy Eikenberg

    Hey Krista, wow, I’ve done a zucchini cake, but never thought about brownies! Awesome! I used to make zucchini cake for kids when they were little and they never knew! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe….have the best weekend!

    1. Way to be sneaky Cindy… I am definitely going to do that with Cason as he grows up. If you can’t taste it… why not.. Your a wise women my dear! I hope you have a great weekend too!

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Oh, my friend, these here are VERY blog-worthy…and I’m betting everything you make and bake is amazing! You bring me a plate of this rich chocolate goodness…and I’ll trade you for the fries!