By omitting dairy and eggs from the traditional brownies you ate growing up, and adding raw zucchini spirals in its place, you will enjoy some of the best homemade chocolate brownies you've ever had in your life.
This recipe for Zucchini Brownies is chocolatey, fudgy, moist, satisfying, and decadent. It's completely vegan and soy free. When you are preparing the batter, the zucchini looks a little strange mixed in with the chocolate and it might even make you second guess the recipe entirely. But I assure you, keep going! Once you have added the chocolate chips, baked the brownies, and are taking your first bite...you will forget that a healthy green vegetable was even added in the first place. You will love these!
Matt absolutely devoured these and even told me it's one the best thing I've ever made for him since we've been together. We had fun last night eating these while watching Avengers Infinity War. Such a great movie! Matt just texted me a minute ago while I'm writing this post saying he can't wait to get home from work so he can have another brownie. LOL!
One of the reasons why I started this blog is to continue to make new and healthy foods for Matt that are dairy free while also sharing these yummy recipes with others who may also be interested in healthier alternatives to their favorite meals. Having a blog is a great way to share what I'm cooking on a weekly basis and let you know what we are really loving at the moment!
Most of the desserts and treats at the grocery stores are full of dairy and processed junk so I prefer making homemade goodies instead. It's so fun to get creative and try new things!
For this recipe I used my awesome Cuisinart Food Spiralizer that I picked up from Publix while I was grocery shopping. It was on sale and only cost $20. It works so well and does a great job making the zucchini thin and julienne style. You can make it thick julienne or thin julienne. It also makes ribbons and even slices radishes into perfect thin circles. Overall I love it and would highly recommend getting one of these for your kitchen.
Zucchini is a healthy green summer squash. It is great in brownies, in veggie stir fry, paired with hummus, or added to a bright green smoothie. It's packed with Vitamin C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. And the 2 zucchini pictured above contain a total of 5 grams of protein combined! #plantprotein
Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Brownies Recipe - Vegan / Dairy Free / Soy Free
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla (I love the Bourbon Vanilla from Trader Joe's!)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups (about 2-3 medium zucchini) finely shredded zucchini, undrained (use a food spiralizer on the thinnest julienne setting)
1 & 1/4 cups dairy free dark chocolate chips (I always use the Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with coconut oil non-stick spray.
3. In a large bowl or kitchen aid mixer, mix the oil, sugar, and vanilla.
4. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix really well. Scrape down sides if needed.
5. Spiralize 2 medium zucchini and measure out 3 nicely packed cups. Gently fold the zucchini into the chocolate batter. It's initially dry so let it sit for 5 minutes so it can start to moisten up.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips and stir well so that the zucchini and the dry chocolate batter is all incorporated very well. You don't want lots of dry batter left sitting at the bottom. Make sure it's mixed in with the zucchini and all of it is wet. (I used my hands for this part to separate the zucchini spirals a bit so it increased surface area)
7. Spread brownie batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with toothpick. It's done when no batter is left on the toothpick.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes or so. Cut and serve immediately with a glass of cashew milk or almond milk!