Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

The batter for this healthy one-bowl brownie recipe is stirred together right in the saucepan used to melt the butter and chocolate—no mixing bowl needed and less cleanup for you. Using shredded zucchini in this healthy dessert recipe creates a tender, moist brownie with about half the amount of butter and sugar found in a classic recipe—and it's virtually undetectable in the baked brownies.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup chopped semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped, divided (optional)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, letting it overhang on the sides; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, add unsweetened chocolate and stir until melted. Add sugar and salt; stir until well combined. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, vigorously mixing after each addition. Fold in the flour until almost incorporated. Fold in chopped chocolate (or chips) and ½ cup pecans (if using) until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining pecans (if using).
  3. Bake until the sides look dry and the middle is firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then lift out of the pan using the foil. Cut into 16 squares.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: one 2-inch brownie
  • Per serving: 220 calories; 12 g fat(8 g sat); 2 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 39 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 226 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 16 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 49 mg sodium; 128 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

Reviews 4

May 27, 2019
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By: Jackstng
Absolutely delicious and very moist. Everyone loved them and this is a definite do-over at our house. The key is using good chocolate !
August 02, 2016
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By: rzastrow
Delicious, a little more crumbly than I am used to, but if they taste that good and are this much better than a traditional brownie, sign me up!
July 02, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Needs cocoa. Overall the recipe is very good. TExture-wise I'd call them perfect. But this is certain style of brownie that is not my favorite. I prefer a more adult brownie that is darker, more bitter actually. I will make this recipe again but I will add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and maybe a tsp of espresso powder. The zucchini adds a nice floral aroma.
May 02, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty and Satisfying All made in a small saucepan, very chocolatey, stay moist for a few days. Pros: Easy to make,moist and rich! Cons: So'll want to eat them all up!
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