Whole Wheat Frosted Zucchini Brownies


At work yesterday I got the survey results from the staff on what food they enjoy, and don’t enjoy, in the hospital cafeteria. Overall, the results were very good and gave us a lot to go build upon to improve the options.

While there were certainly the “burgers every day!” crowd, there were also those that were requesting vegetarian, whole wheat, and healthier options. Of course, this was music to my ears. Perhaps it’s time to show the hospital that healthy and healthier meals can be absolutely, positively delicious? I think so!!!


From time-to-time I run across recipes that I simply must try. Generally things that include sneaking veggies into the unexpected food vehicle top the list, as was the case with these zucchini brownies. What a concept…I love it!

While I was able to get a whopping 2 zucchini off my plant before uprooting it to move to Michigan, I am glad to have found the sweetest farmer at my farmer’s market who sells gobs of zucchini for next to nothing. I’ve debated suggesting to him that he could raise his prices and still be giving a steal, but I haven’t yet. And I probably won’t. I love zucchini…and a good deal. ;)


I excitedly whipped these together for a nearly sin-less treat for the week. I got to mixing the ingredients and quickly realized that the batter was going to be very dry and very crumbly, not at all the thin, liquid batter that brownies normally start off as. Not at all. As I popped the brownies into the oven I didn’t dare start on the frosting. With 99% certainty, I thought this recipe was a flop. It just seemed that off.

Alas, I was wrong and these were DELICIOUS! The brownies are not the least bit dry and this is thanks to the shredded zucchini that lets off so much moisture when being baked. After being frosted and then refrigerated, these are truly heavenly. I have mom, dad, brother, best friend, and Mr. Prevention to attest to this, too!


This week has been INSANELY busy but fun! Miss Lily is going to daycare today so that I can get in a long run tonight and make dinner without a dog attached to my hip. It’s been quite the transition to go from every day fun to every day alone :(

Day 3…here I come!

Be well,


  1. This just popped in my google reader and I got up and made them! Already in the oven. Could have something to do with me watching my 3 and 6 year old nephews or because I have way too much zucchini (I have shredded zucchini in the fridge for emergency zucchini bread needs)

  2. Those look so decadent! Especially the frosting… wow.

    I have shredded zucchini hanging out in the freezer just waiting for the next thing I feel like baking. Can’t wait!

  3. You’ve definitely piqued my interest! I’m gonna make sure I grab a few extra zucchini’s at the farmers market this weekend!

  4. So glad you made them!! I thought mine were going to be a failure, too. While they were in the oven, I was even searching for other similar recipes to see what I did wrong. But they turned out great, too!

  5. Now I want brownies at 8:00 in the morning, great photos!

  6. YUM YUM! I think zucchini are a better choice than broccoli (which is what I used in some brownies a while ago). This recipe is a keeper.
    Glad to hear the job is going well so far, Nicole. I’m so excited for you. And, I’m VERY happy to hear that some people are requesting healthier foods!

  7. Hey Nicole! I have an idea. . . Instead of telling the Farmer that he has a great Deal/Steal (and that the price could be raised), Give him a Couple of these Brownies! He’ll know you put those Zucchini’s to great use! =)

  8. Zucchini + brownies? Yes, please!

  9. Those look delicious Nicole – definitely insulin worthy!! :D Poor Lily, glad she gets to interact with some people/dogs at day care!

  10. Love fun new ways to use zucchini! yummmmmmm-y!

  11. YAY! I was hoping you’d have some zucchini recipes soon. I just picked a GIANT zucchini from my garden and now I know exactly what to do with it!

  12. Looks amazing! Thanks for another great healthy recipe!!

  13. Um, hello. I need my zucchini plant to start producing STAT. YUM!

  14. Ooohh . . . I want to make these now just because. Besides, it would be much more acceptable to eat a whole pan of brownies to myself if they’re full of zucchini. :)

  15. This definitely looks like a must-try.

  16. I love the idea of adding zucchini into brownies! Such a unique idea. I think as long as the flavors aren’t overpowering, lots of veggies can work well in desserts.

  17. AWESOME!! I need a grater so I can give these a whirl (I know – seriously sad that I do not own one!) I plan on doing these in vegan mode…by subbing EVCO for the butter and almond milk for the milk in the frosting (and I am thrilled that the brownies are already vegan!) Thanks for posting. I am inspired by multi-tasking produce!

  18. Zucchini in BROWNIES?!?! You are such a sneaky chef — I love it! :D


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