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Fudgy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Chip Frosting!

One taste of these fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies with Chocolate Chip Frosting and you’ll agree they are the most wonderful Zucchini Brownie you’ll ever enjoy.

Brownies with chocolate chips and topped with chocolate chip frosting on a white plate, cut into squares.

Another baked treat born out of my garden deciding to go Zucchini crazy!

My kids had no idea that the brownies I served them contained vegetables. There’s no zucchini flavor in these Chocolate Chip Brownies but the shredded zucchini in the batter makes them oh-so-moist.

Add some chocolate chip frosting on top and you have a rich treat that may just slide it’s way to the top of the list of best brownies you’ve ever eaten.

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Chip Frosting are incredibly moist, easy and delicious! Perfect for using that garden zucchini!

The brownies are so rich and gooey on their own. But, if you’ve read any of my other Brownies recipes before you’ll know that when it comes to brownies, I believe in frosting.

In fact, when it comes to LIFE, I believe in frosting.

If you’re gonna eat a gooey chocolate chip brownie, you might as well do the thing right! The chocolate frosting on top is good enough to eat straight out of the bowl with a spoon.

Believe me, if I didn’t already have brownies in the oven, that’s exactly what would have happened!

How to shred zucchini

Just like when you make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread and Cinnamon Frosted Zucchini Bars, you’ll need to shred your zucchini before adding it to the brownie batter.

I love using a grater to shred my zucchini! Slice off the end tips, then peel the skin off the zucchini with your vegetable peeler first. Then hold the zucchini against the top of the grater and pull downward.

You can also use a food processor fitted with the shredder attachment to shred the zucchini for your chocolate chip brownies. If you use the food processor, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds first.

Just be careful not to overdo it or you’ll end up with a zucchini puree.

How to make Zucchini Brownies

Wanna know my other favorite thing about these Zucchini Brownies?

You only need one bowl.

Mix up all the ingredients for the brownies in one large bowl (no electric mixer required). Let the mixture set in the bowl for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the moisture from the zucchini to distribute. Don’t fret if the batter seems dryer or thicker than a traditional brownie batter. TRUST ME.

Pour the batter in to your brownie pan, bake and let cool completely before adding the frosting.

Chocolate Chip Frosting

This is a creamy whipped vanilla frosting with mini chocolate chips folded in. The icing is thick and spreadable and I love the taste of the vanilla paired with the fudgy brownie.

To make the frosting, just whip butter and powdered sugar together, along with vanilla and whipped cream. Fold the mini morsels in at the end.

When the pan of brownies is completely cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top. Cut into squares and serve, preferably with a glass of milk!

Chocolate Chip Frosting isn’t just for brownies! This would also be delicious on a simple chocolate cake or a batch of cupcakes. . . but I strongly recommend you try it on these Zucchini Brownies first!

No one is sorry to have brownies in their life. No one.

Tips & Tricks

  • I use semi-sweet chocolate chips for the batter, and mini chocolate chips for the frosting. I like the smaller sized chips in the frosting, but go with what’s in your pantry.
  • If you have a ton of zucchini about to go bad, but it’s more than you need in the Zucchini Brownies recipe, go ahead and grate it all. You can freeze whatever you don’t use right away, so you can have delicious Zucchini bread, cakes, muffins and brownies all year long.
  • REFRIGERATE. I find these brownies taste best COLD. Plus it makes them easier to cut and serve. I bake them in the evening, and refrigerate them overnight. THEN, the next day I’ll put on the frosting. Or bake in the morning, refrigerate, then frost before dessert.
  • I also STORE them in the refrigerator. It’s not necessary, but again, I LOVE these chilled!
  • If you want to freeze these brownies, do so before you add the frosting. Cut into squares and store in a freezer safe container. When you’re ready to serve them, thaw and make the frosting fresh!

Ooey gooey Chocolate Chip Brownies are even more irresistible when you slather them in whipped cream chocolate chip frosting No one will ever know the secret ingredient is a vegetable!

Brownies with chocolate chip frosting on a piece of parchment paper, with some cut and removed.

Love brownies? I’ve got you covered….

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Chip Frosting are incredibly moist, easy and delicious! Perfect for using that garden zucchini!
Yield: 24 brownies

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

One taste of these Fudgy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Chip Frosting and you'll agree they are the most wonderful brownie you'll ever enjoy!

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the brownies: in a large bowl combine all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. The mixture will be very dry. Allow to sit about 5-10 minutes to let the moisture from the zucchini incorporate into the batter. It's okay if it still remains VERY dry.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before adding frosting.
  4. For the frosting: beat butter and powdered sugar with vanilla and cream for about 3-5 minutes, until fluffy. Fold in chocolate chips and spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate and enjoy cold!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Today’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies was originally published on Shugary Sweets on August 22, 2016.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee,

    Love when I can sneak in some healthiness and still enjoy chocolate too! And that chocolate chip frosting, yum!!

  2. These are delicious. My husband said he could have this for a birthday cake. The pumpkin zucchini bread is great also ????

  3. That chocolate chip frosting looks INCREDIBLE! The zucchini makes them them a vegetable no matter how much sugar right?! 🙂

    &Thanks for the link love!

  4. It didn’t say if you’re to squeeze out liquid from zucchini, so I’m going to say no and give these a try tonight for my coworkers tomorrow for a snack

    1. I don’t, because I use fresh zucchini. If you’re using zucchini that’s been frozen, it tends to have more liquid, so you may want to squeeze some of the juice out!

  5. I don’t know what it is about chocolate and zucchini…but I love it!!!  That layer of frosting is calling my name right now!!!

  6. Honestly, the combo of a fudgy brownie and the moisture of the zucchini is such a powerhouse for me. I would not be able to stop eating these, but that’s okay since it’s a veggie with benefits. And that frosting…melting in my seat right now!

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