Vegan Zucchini Brownies Recipe

Yes, these chocolatey, cake-like brownies are vegan, but the non-vegans in your life will never know unless you spill the beans.  In place of the 3-plus eggs found in most traditional brownies, this recipes uses a winning combination of unsweetened applesauce and silken tofu.

And wait…what?  There’s zucchini in there?? No way! (Way.)  It’s true! Adding grated fruits and veggies into your recipes is s GREAT way to get some extra nutrition. Check out our free guide for more ways to sneak fruits and veggies into our diet.

And, if you’re looking for more great vegan chocolatey deliciousness? Here ya go!


Vegan Zucchini Brownies

Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Yield: 15 people


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup soft silken tofu
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup finely shredded zucchini (about 2 medium), squeezed well after shredding to remove excess liquid
  • 1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9x13 inch glass or metal baking pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little flour (to prevent brownies from sticking) .
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, silken tofu and sugar and beat with electric mixer or by hand until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and cocoa powder and blend well.
  • Add dry ingredients and stir by hand until well combined.
  • Add zucchini and stir well to evenly distribute throughout batter.
  • Add nuts, if using.
  • Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched.
  • Cool in pan; cut into 15 squares and dust with powdered sugar if desired before serving.
  • Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature, or wrap well and freeze.
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