These are the BEST Zucchini Brownies you'll ever make! Super moist, flavorful and chocolatey and topped with a creamy-dreamy frosting. This is the best way to use up zucchini from the garden!
My boys are THE pickiest eaters, which is the most ironic thing in the world considering how anti-picky I am. I have to shove veggies into the most unlikely places in order to get them into those little (growing) bodies.
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Also on occasion I add veggies to baked goods, like with this Blueberry Zucchini Bread and now these to-die-for Zucchini Brownies. I kept having to hold my tongue when I talked about them because if they would've known they contained zucchini, they wouldn't have helped me finish off the pan. So we just refer to them as BROWNIES (with eyebrows raised high) in our house.
And don't you find it strange that certain vegetables actually taste inCREDible when thrown into baked goods? It's kinda crazy if you think about it. By themselves, they really cannot be described as having a fantastic flavor, but add them to a pan of brownies and magic happens. And I love me some food magic.
HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BROWNIES
This is a great recipe to use garden fresh zucchinis and enjoy a baked dessert that turns out great every time!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the melted butter, sugar, egg, sour cream and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps.
In a separate large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter-sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Fold in the shredded zucchini.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until mixture is creamy and free of lumps. Spread evenly over the cooled brownies, cut into squares and serve!
I have to tell you a little bit about the frosting on these Zucchini Brownies because ohhhhhhhhh my goodness it is creamy and dreamy and completely irresistible. I promise that nobody in their right mind would be able to take one frosting-ed bite and walk away willingly. That, my friends, is an impossible feat.
CAN I MAKE MY ZUCCHINI BROWNIES DOUBLE CHOCOLATE?
Yes! Always yes to chocolate. If you toss in a handful of chocolate chips to the batter, that will be a nice addition. Or when the brownies come out of the oven, you could replace the frosting in the recipe with white chocolate chips on top of the brownies shortly after they come out of the oven. They would get nice and melty and smooth over the brownies simply for a nice white on dark look.
CAN I USE ANOTHER VEGETABLE BESIDES ZUCCHINI IN MY BATTER?
There are several vegetables that are perfect to add some healthy bites into your dessert. Besides zucchini, chopped up spinach and grated carrots would do the trick as well! Just substitute one of them into the batter for a different twist on your brownies.
CAN I ADD VEGETABLES INTO A BOXED MIX OF BROWNIES?
That is an easy substitute for this recipe. Just follow the directions on the box, toss in your grated vegetables and bake them. Enjoy every bite without focusing on needing to get your vegetables eaten!
HOW TO TELL IF A ZUCCHINI IS READY TO EAT
When ripe, a zucchini should feel mostly firm but give a little when pressed with your fingers. The skin should appear dark green and glossy. The flesh of the zucchini should not be mushy or tough and should have a yellowish-white color.
IS A ZUCCHINI BETTER RAW OR COOKED?
Zucchini, much like it's cucumber cousin, is a heavy veggie due to its high water content which means limited calories! It is a flavorful vegetable and can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Raw zucchini is firm and slightly crunchy. Cooked zucchini is softer, but still delicious.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI
Filled with potassium that is heart healthy, it's also high in antioxidants like Vitamin B6 and C. It's also great because it has zero fat and has needed fiber for your diet.
WHAT IS A GOOD SIZE FOR ZUCCHINI
When using zucchini is baked into foods such as bread or muffins, it can be as big as a house. If you intend to use it for cooking fritters or zucchini chips or if you want to saute it or use it in any other way, 6 inches is a good size for optimal flavor. The seeds inside the zucchini will be a perfect size when it is on the smaller side, too, and it won't be as watery. Large zucchini hold a LOT of water, which isn't ideal for many savory recipes.
If you find yourself with zucchini growing out of your ears, please consider making these super easy, delicious brownies. Your family, your guests, your neighbors.. everyone will thank you.
HEALTHY FOODS FOR PICKY KIDS
Knowing you can help your kids get the nutrients they need in more than one form is what we want to help you accomplish! We've put together a list of delicious foods that our kids don't see as healthy but allow them to enjoy eating their fruits and/or vegetables in a snack or breakfast item. You'll be happy they're eating better choices and they are happy to be blissfully unaware.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies - These cookies aren't just for breakfast and they are deceptively delicious. Kids will never know how healthy they are!
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups - Eliminate artificial and unknown ingredients by making your own homemade fruit roll-ups! This is the ultimate snack food for kids. Great for lunch boxes, too!
Healthy Breakfast Muffins - Enjoy breakfast the healthy way! Whip up a batch of these muffins as a perfect on-the-go meal or a snack to stay on track with healthy eating. These breakfast muffins are beyond delicious plus they're packed with good stuff.
No Bake Granola Bars - These Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect snack for little ones. Filled with dried fruit and chocolate, peanut butter and honey, you will satisfy your sweet tooth with a snack you can feel good about eating. There is something comforting about knowing EXACTLY what goes into your kids' bodies!
Healthy Snack Bites - These healthy snack bites take less than TEN minutes to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry. My boys adore them! Great after-school or anytime snack with no preservatives or added sugar!
Instant Pot Applesauce - Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.
OTHER DELICIOUS ZUCCHINI RECIPES
If you love zucchini in a variety of recipes, we know you'll love some of our favorites - check these out!
PERFECT FALL TREATS
Best Pumpkin Bars -These bars make the perfect fall dessert. They are moist, irresistible and full of yummy pumpkin flavor. Great for your next fall gathering.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Don’t let those delicious little pumpkin seeds go to waste when carving pumpkins! Learn how to prepare those raw pumpkins seeds. Season and roast them, they’re easy to make! They turn into a delicious little fall snack that will get gobbled up by all.
Halloween Snack Mix - This sweet and salty Halloween Snack Mix is a great Fall snack to have on hand. It is perfect for a handful on the run or a great snack for kiddos after school! It's also great for Fall- or Halloween-themed parties! Mix and match the snacks you have on hand to build your snack mix.
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake -The only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Best Apple Crisp - This delicious Apple Crisp recipe is the best. It is tried, tested and NEVER fails! It is the perfect way to use up apples in the fall. You’ll love the oatmeal brown sugar topping and the flavors of the apples dusted with cinnamon shines through. It also tastes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!