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Iced Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Sweet and chewy chocolate brownies, but with a secret ingredient! Your kids will never guess that there is a green vegetable hidden in their dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 brownies
Calories 349.19 kcal
Author Ayaka


For the Brownies

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini do not drain

For the Frosting

  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter 1/2 stick
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9″ by 13″ baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine the oil, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until completely combined.
  5. Fold in the shredded zucchini.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the brownies springs back gently when touched.
  7. For the Frosting: Combine the cocoa powder and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high until melted. Pour the confectioners sugar into a separate bowl and blend with the milk and vanilla. Stir in the melted cocoa powder and butter mixture until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies, cut into 12 pieces, and enjoy!