Recipe: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies


From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Solutions for Celiac Disease‘.

“Eat vegetables like it’s your job!” is what I like to say. Here’s a fun way to use zucchini this summer. These delicious zucchini oat brownies are made without flour, and they’re so tasty that your guests will never know they’re eating a vegetable. (Makes 24 brownies)


  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure Canadian maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oats (or regular oats if you’re not gluten-intolerant)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or brush with coconut oil.

2) Place oats in blender or food processor, and process until finely ground (to the consistency of flour).

3) In a large bowl, cream together nut butter, applesauce, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.

4) Add in zucchini, cocoa powder, ground oats, baking soda, and sea salt, and mix together.

5) Gently fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

6) Pour batter into prepared baking pan and sprinkle remaining chips over the top.

7) Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!

Kathy Smart, HTC, PTS, RNC, RSNA is a best selling author, TV show host, chef, nutritionist, fitness trainer and North America's gluten- free expert. For more information, please visit

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