Make these amazing Vegan and Gluten-free Zucchini Fudgy Brownies with just 7 ingredients! Oil-free, so rich, decadent and fudgy...nobody would ever know there is a hidden veggie!
Ever since I created these No-Bake "Nutella" Cream Pie Bars back in 2014, I have been itching to use that veggie in a baked chocolate good. Well, the other day when I saw one left sitting in my fridge, I suddenly had the urge to make some brownies. Now, some recipes take me multiple trials to get right but these I must have had the brownie gods on my side because the very first trial was a success!
You are probably wondering, another brownie recipe?? I have quite a few on the blog already and every one has been super popular with you all. I see remakes each week, especially on the Double Chocolate Sunflower Brownies and the Fudgy Low-Fat Bean Brownies. As popular as those bean brownies have been, I actually love these zucchini ones more. And hey, one can never have too many brownie options, right?
These turned out rich, fudgy, super moist and the most important factor, incredibly chocolatey. I do not skimp on cocoa powder when I create a brownie recipe. I want to TASTE chocolate, not just sugar that has a brown color, but actually taste rich chocolate. In fact, because of that, I didn't put that much sweetener in the brownie base to counteract the amount of cocoa powder. These are very chocolatey and just reaching that line of almost needing more sweetener. I purposefully kept the batter on the less sweet side since I knew they would be scattered with dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I posted a teaser pic on Facebook and really got a chuckle out of all the guesses. Some of y'all got it right. It was so funny to me, because I wasn't asking for guesses but everybody did it anyways, lol. It was entertaining :). Zucchini is a great veggie to bake with because it has a very high water content and really made these moist.
The result is a rich, decadent, firm, yet tender vegan brownie. The zucchini makes these super moist. Now, depending on how moist you like your brownies, that can factor into your baking time. I baked mine at 25 minutes and they are fudgy/slightly gooey, but still a great brownie texture.
It's important to use the right amount of zucchini, as that of course will affect the baking time too.
For these Vegan Zucchini Brownies, you just need 7 ingredients (+salt):
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- maple syrup or agave
- roasted almond butter
- vanilla extract
- oat flour or regular flour
- chocolate chips
A little dusting of cocoa powder on top never hurt anything. You know, for all of you serious chocolate lovers. They are incredible just like this....
But, I couldn't resist topping these babies with some So Delicious CocoWhip and some fresh mint. OMG, y'all. It tasted like a dessert straight out of a restaurant. I'm not even joking. Most people put ice cream on a brownie, but I didn't want something that rich and the whipped cream was pure magic....then the fresh mint just was so refreshing. I highly recommend it!
I hope you all really love these insanely fudgy and delicious Vegan and Gluten-free Zucchini Brownies! Be sure to leave feedback below after you make them!
See the brownies in action so you will know how the batter should look!
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