21 October 2019Healthy Dairy-free Zucchini Brownies

Brownies that are healthier and taste great!

As a Registered Dietitian who loves to play in the kitchen I am always on the lookout for recipes that offer a healthier spin on an old classic. That's where this recipe for zucchini brownies comes alive. The zucchini adds a nice texture and provides additional vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber. Traditional brownies are often higher in calories and fat. Using cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate and canola oil instead of butter contributes to the calorie savings. And you'll save on saturated fat by using canola oil in place of butter, which your heart will thank you for!

This is a go-to recipe for me all year long. It is tasty, straight forward AND it freezes well. I am a huge proponent of cooking once and eating twice. I will often double the recipe and freeze a batch for later. Enjoy!

Zucchini Brownies

Yield: 24 servings

Nutrition facts per brownie

Calories: 160, 7g fat, 23g carbohydrate, 2.5g protein,1.4g dietary fiber


  • 2 c all-purpose flour (or use 1 c whole wheat flour + 1 c white all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans (or 1/2 c chopped walnuts)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c grated zucchini
  • 1/2 c canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, sugar, cocoa and baking soda into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Grate the zucchini (3 medium zucchini = ~ 2 c grated zucchini). (If I have extra zucchini left over after grating I save it and use in salads later in the week.)
  5. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, vanilla extract, pecans, grated zucchini and canola oil. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well. Spread dough onto a greased 9x13 inch pan and bake for ~ 30 minutes.
  6. Brownies are done cooking once a toothpick or knife, inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool brownies and cut into 24 even squares.

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Joanna Kriehn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with a passion for supporting individuals as they move towards a healthier lifestyle. You can learn more about Joanna by visiting her LinkedIn page

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