Chocolate Zucchini Brownie with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting

It’s funny how universal one ingredient can truly be.  For me I’d have to go with zucchini.  You can take this simplistic vegetable and adapt it to breakfast, lunch, appetizer, dinner and dessert.  I mean seriously how insane is that?

This dish honestly is one that even the pickiest of eaters would fall in love with. This dish is truly spectacular and just gets better with each bite you take!

I’ve had this for breakfast.

I’ve had this for lunch.

I’ve had this for dinner.

And I’m not apologizing one single bit.  It’s WORTH every single mile I run and every curl I do with the weight bar. It’s one of those desserts that is more on the healthy side but still could be made even healthier (i.e, stevia for sugar, etc) but as I’ve preached from day one – everything in moderation.  One thing my nutritionist taught me years ago – if you want it, eat it BUT remember that only YOU can control it.  So if you want to eat it, you need to be willing to work out and adjust your daily consumption.

This for me, is probably that one dessert that if I were trapped on an island and was forced to eat one dessert for the rest of my life, this would probably be it.

Chocolate Zucchini Brownie with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting1

Now for those of that are zucchini haters and immediately turned your nose up at the though of zucchini and chocolate, please try this.  I’m telling you, it’s that amazing! You’d never know it was in there.  It truly tastes like pure chocolate sin on a dish.


Chocolate Zucchini Brownie with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting

I could ramble on and on and one but admit it, you really only care about 2 things:

1 – getting the recipe; and
2 – getting this into your mouth!  *grin*

Chocolate Zucchini Brownie with Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting
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Chocolate Zucchini Brownie
  • 1/2 cup natural apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp chocolate extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1 XL egg or 2 medium sized
Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbl semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbl corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
Chocolate Zucchini Brownie
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line with foil and butter an 8x8 cake pan or a 9” round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, sugar and chocolate extract until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, espresso powder baking soda and salt.
  5. Using a sturdy spoon, stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture. It will be very dry but once you add the zucchini it’ll be wet and spreadable.
  6. Stir in the zucchini and egg(s) until well blended.
  7. Add in the chocolate chunks and just mix to incorporate.
  8. Spread into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until brownies spring back when gently touched or a wooden skewer comes out mostly clean. You want to see moist pieces on it.
  10. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting or serving.
  11. Once frosted, store in the refrigerator.
Old Fashioned Chocolate Frosting
  1. Melt Chocolate in heatproof bowl set over a saucepan containing 1 inch of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat until melted.
  4. Increase heat to medium; add sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt and stir with heatproof rubber spatula until sugar is dissolved, 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add melted chocolate, butter mixture, and cream to clean bowl of stand mixer and stir to thoroughly combine.
  6. Place mixer bowl over ice bath and stir mixture constantly with rubber spatula until frosting is thick and just beginning to harden against sides of bowl, 1-2 minutes (frosting should be 70 degrees).
  7. Place bowl on stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until frosting is light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Stir with rubber spatula until completely smooth. *If you find after beating, your frosting is still too soft for your liking, try chilling in the fridge until it sets up a little more.
Garnish with chocolate shavings.


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