This Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Cookie recipe makes for a soft and delicious treat that is easy to make. Veggie-loaded for a little extra healthy goodness, they are Paleo, gluten free and dairy-free.

chocolate zucchini cookies cooling on a marble surface

She has done it again, folks! The fabulous and talented Heather from Happy Kids Kitchen has created another amazing veggie-loaded recipe for the TNN community. Meet and get ready to love and adore Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Cookies!

My friends and family went utterly nuts over these cookies, TNNers! I baked them on a Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday at lunch, I was staring into an empty glass container where all the lovely, fudgy cookie goodness had once been. My husband loved them and shared them with coworkers. My daughter asked if a chocolate zucchini cookie could double as a veggie for dinner. My friends sent me texts IN ALL CAPS (so I knew they were serious) asking when the recipe was going to be live on the blog….and maybe…possibly….pretty please…could they have it ahead of time? You know, on the down low?

Yep, this brownie-in-zucchini-cookie form is all kinds of magic. Super easy to whip up, soft and perfectly chewy….this is a veggie-loaded treat you are going to love eating and your crew will be SO jazzed about seeing show up in the house. Though, speaking from experience, you might want to create a hidden stash for yourself somewhere in the fridge. Because once word is out that they are in the house, every chocolate zucchini cookie is at risk for going MIA. You have been warned.

How to squeeze out moisture from your grated zucchini

Zucchini is a veggie with a lot of natural moisture. Which is great….except when it comes to making cookies! So we need to squeeze out a bunch of that water so that these cookies come out perfectly chewy instead of mushy!

If you’ve never baked with zucchini before, here is my method to best squeeze moisture from my grated zucchini.

  1. Measure out grated zucchini.
  2. Place grated zucchini in the middle of a paper towel or a clean dish cloth.
  3. Wrap zucchini in towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
Grated zucchini in kitchen cloth in bowl.
Measure out grated zucchini and place grated zucchini in the middle of a paper towel or a clean dish cloth.
Hand squeezing out grated zucchini into a bowl
Wrap zucchini in towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  • Don’t skip on draining the zucchini. Zucchini holds a lot of water and since there is no flour in this recipe to absorb the liquid, it is vital to squeeze out the moisture from the zucchini before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Let them cool completely before removing from baking sheet. Cookies are quite soft when fresh out of the oven. They will firm up and and hold together easier once cooled.
  • Store them with a layer of wax paper in between the layers. Because these zucchini cookies are so soft, fudgy and chewy, they also have a tendency to stick together. Putting a layer of wax paper between them will help you to separate them more easily when it comes time to enjoy them.
a 4 step visual for how to make chocolate zucchini cookies

Suggested adaptations

  • If you love PB and chocolate together, sub the almond butter with your favorite natural peanut butter.
  • Add chocolate chips for a little extra chocolaty goodness!

Other veggie-loaded cookies you are going to adore

chocolate zucchini in a storage container with one on a plate with a side of milk

Did you make this recipe? And did you love it? Awesome! I’d love for you give it your review below! 👇 And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

Also, don’t forget to follow and connect with Heather on Instagram and follow her blog Happy Kids Kitchen for more amazing recipes to cook with and for your family!

4.94 from 15 votes

Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

Yield: 14 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
These Fudgy Chocolate Zucchini Cookies are soft, delicious and easy to make. Veggie-loaded for a little extra healthy goodness, they are Paleo, gluten free and dairy-free.


  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini, squeezed dry (measure first)
  • 3/4 cup almond butter , (I used Trader Joe’s creamy raw unsalted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar , or granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp salt, skip if almond butter is salted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp almond flour


  • food processor


  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor. Blend until everything is well mixed and a sticky dough forms.
  • Remove the blade and scoop heaping tablespoons of the cookie batter onto the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake until the cookies are puffed and the edges are set, 8 to 10 minutes. Don’t over bake or you’ll miss out on the gooey brownie-like center.
  • Allow to cool fully on the pan before removing with a spatula.
  • Store in an air-tight container in fridge. If stacking cookies, place a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent cookies from sticking to one another.
  • When ready to enjoy, garnish with a little sprinkling of powdered sugar (optional).
Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 127mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 26IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg