Monday, June 25, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Zucchini Brownies

zucchini cake recipe

Woo, it's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I had Ambition's Kitchen, a blog run by Kelli,  a stay-at-home momma from Utah.  She's all about trying new things in the kitchen and actually sitting down to eat healthy meals with her family.

I spent a pretty good chunk of time perusing Kelli's blog, even going as far back into the archives as August 2010!  I had a few things in mind to make, but when I came upon her recipe for Zucchini Brownies, I knew I had found a winner.  See, I have this vague memory of a chocolate zucchini cake from my youth... like from when I was maybe 5 years old.  I haven't had chocolate zucchini anything since then, but in this memory, I really loved this cake.  The prospect of a dessert that brought together chocolate and zucchini was exactly what I wanted to make.  (Somehow I missed this recipe, but I will have to give it a try too.)

I'd definitely agree with Kelli that this is more of a cake than a brownie.  It's delicious, but  I underestimated how much zucchini I needed, so my cake wasn't quite as moist as Kelli described her version to be.  Don't worry, I still ate half the pan myself and may have accidentally left it at home instead of bringing it on my trip to Toronto to share with N.  Just so we're clear - 3 cups of zucchini is roughly 3 whole zucchinis!  Don't try to substitute spinach for that extra cup.  Do go make this!

Zucchini Brownies / Cake

From Ambition's Kitchen

2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut oil (I melted mine since I keep it in the fridge, can also use Canola oil)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups finely grated zucchini (don't squeeze out any of the moisture) - this is 3 whole zucchini
3/4 bag semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350°F

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside. Mix all wet ingredients into medium bowl.  Add contents of medium bowl into large bowl and mix well (I had to work pretty hard to combine everything). Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. (Mine were almost burnt at 30 minutes, so keep an eye on these.)

Cool completely.


  1. I love zucchini, but never would have thought to put it with chocolate. Sounds delicious!!

  2. I love the look and sound of these! Zucchini makes chocolate desserts wonderful :)

  3. yum!! I love zucchini-chocolate desserts!

  4. I love all zucchini recipes but my favorites are the ones with chocolate:-) The brownies look super delicious!!!

  5. yum! we have some zucchini growing in our garden. We're huge fans of Zucchini bread so we're definitely going to try this! thanks. Fellow Group D SRC Member

  6. I looooove zucchini brownies!! They are one of my favorites snacks. Frozen shredded zucchini works great, too, in case you get a craving in the middle of winter! :)

  7. I can't say that I've ever had anything chocolate zucchini but your brownies sure do look delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. Yum! I just made zucchini bread the other day and have some leftover zucchini that would be perfect for these, sound and look awesome!!

  9. Hooray for zucchini! I have been waiting patiently for my mom's garden to start producing zucchini so that I can bake with it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe as I will definitely be using it soon :-)

  10. I only planted one zucchini plant in the garden this year, but already I can tell I will be needing more ways to use it up! This sounds like a great way to do it! Visiting from group C!

  11. wow, these sound fantastic + what a gorgeous picture! i use tons of zucchini in the summertime + am happy i now have another recipe to try with it. =)

  12. I've been wanting to try Zucchini Brownies for awhile....glad to hear they turned out well! Great SRC pick!

  13. cake = good; zucchini = good. cake & zucchini = GOOD! haha... seriously, i've pinned this for future baking :)

    happy src reveal, friend!

  14. definitely bookmarking this, i love zucchini in baked goods!

  15. I need to get me some chocolate and zucchini - stat! These look amazing - I'm definitely pinning this for later use. :)

  16. Tasty! I love the idea of combining healthy veggies with brownies. Great job.

  17. ooh yum! I really want a slice of this - I love using vegetables in bakes. I made a zucchini cake once but must try these brownies!!

  18. Wonderful choice for the coming zucchini glut! (Visiting you from SRC Group D.)

  19. Yum! I love zucchini cookies, so I just know these would be delicious too.


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