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Chocolate and Zucchini

Updated on July 4, 2017

Zucchini and Chocolate - the match made in heaven

Are you a chocolate fan but would love to find ways to enjoy your vegetables while you are at it? Or perhaps you have a few too many zucchini in your patch? On this page you will find some of the best recipes you have eaten in ages and the ingredients include... you guessed it!

Chocolate and Zucchini!

This is what I did this weekend - make chocolate chip zucchini cookies adapted from Barbara Kingsolver's fascinating book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. We have been experimenting with Zucchini and Chocolate lately, but these cookies are fantastic. The sugar used is honey, with a tiny amount of regular sugar. There is plenty of zucchini in it, and once you add your favorite chocolate chips, even zucchini hating kids will be begging for more. (Just don't tell them there is zucchini in it before they try one!)

All photos copyright Elyn MacInnis, and if you link back to my site you are welcome to use them.

Barbara Kingsolver's book - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - has the best recipe!

This book details outstanding novelist Barbara Kingsolver and her family's journey to get off the grocery store corporate bandwagon and go back to eating locally and living off the food that they grew themselves.

In the spring, Kingsolver planted zucchini and squash, and was overwhelmed by the summer harvest. Her book has a charming section on the dilemma of her enormous pile of zucchini and the desperate measures she considered (including buying a hog to eat the excess) to cope with the harvest. The zucchini chocolate chip cookies were the invention of her older daughter, who wiped out several zucchini making a hundred cookies for her sister's birthday party. This recipe is a real keeper. We have already made it several times.

Barbara Kingsolvers Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies
Barbara Kingsolvers Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

There are two things I liked about this recipe. One is that honey is the major sweetener. The other is that there is plenty of nutmeg in them, and that adds the mysterious layer of fragrance that makes people go crazy for them.

Serving Size

Serves: Makes about 2-3 dozen depending on size


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • softened
  • Add 1/2 cup dark brown suger
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 8 to 12 ounces chocolate chips


  1. Put the liquid ingredients in one bowl, and the dry in another. Then slowly mix the two together until all the flour is mixed well with the other ingredients.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet, or onto greased parchment.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 12- 15 minutes. After they have cooled, you will find that these are relatively cake-like cookies, but that the fragrance is especially fine, and that the chocolate is a delightful addition to the zucchini.
5 stars from 1 rating of Barbara Kingsolver's Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookie Recipe

Oh those zucchini!

Oh those zucchini!
Oh those zucchini!

Chocolate Zucchini CAKE -- recipes from around the web

It is rather amazing to me that there is so much interest in chocolate and zucchini cakes. It seems to be very fashionable at the moment, but i have to say that moist chocolate cakes are nicer than dry ones, and maybe that is why. Zucchini is a fantastic addition to a cake to make it moist and tender.


Zucchini Bread recipes - with chocolate, of course

We all know that zucchini bread is wonderful, but did you know there are lots of recipes for zucchini bread that include chocolate?

Chocolate and Zucchini - Yes! It is a book! And a blog!

Clotilde Dusoulier came from Paris to San Francisco after university and loved the food. When she went home, her mind was opened to a new way of cooking, and her blog, became very popular on the web. She has stories of her culinary life back home in France, as well as recipes, inspirations, and visits to restaurants.

So will you try a chocolate zucchini recipe? Which one? - Or have you tried one yet? What kind?

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Dusty2 LM: I am going to try your muffins - they looked awesome. I may have to substitute a little bit, since I can't get all the ingredients in China, but I do look forward to having some. The zucchini chocolate chip cookies are so delicious that they are now one of our favorite recipes. I think you would like them.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      I like chocolate and I like zucchini. However, combining the two I have not tried it but I'm intrigued enough to give the recipe a try. Appreciate you sharing the recipe and lens. Thank You for visiting my Healthy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Vegan Muffins lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the muffins as well as with lots of butter. Bon Appetit!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love the variety of recipes you have provided! I enjoyed your lens so much that I featured it on my own How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats lens. Thanks for creating such a great resource!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Real cool lens!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've got 2 humongous zucchinis so I haven't decided which recipe to try, but I'll definitely be whipping something up this weekend! Thanks for the great sounding recipes.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I think I'm going to give them all a try, but I'll have to wait until next year so I can grow some good ones.


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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds good, definitely worth a try. The thought of carrot cake made me think twice, but it's really good, so why not zuchini and chocolate.

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      Nancy Oram 5 years ago

      My mother made a wonderful zucchini cake. I'll have to look for the recipe. Love the idea of chocolate zucchini. I'm going to try the cookies.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I'll probably make the cookies then I'll try one of the salty recipes when my oldest son visits. He is diabetic and I'm struggling to make a visit from him one of discovery with regard to food. See you around the galaxy...

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      Coffeebreak9am 5 years ago

      The cookies look like they would be nice and moist!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The combo sounds delicious. I love making sweets a bit healthier and this is one great sounding way. Thank you!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I'm sure glad I came upon this lens. I read Kingsolver's book way back when and had forgotten about this recipe. I really must bake up a batch. Thank you!

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      GL2005 5 years ago

      I think I'll try the chocolate chip zucchini cookies. While it's certainly not a low calorie item, I think it looks like a promising way to get more veggies into my children without a fight!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Merstarr: You won't regret it! These are so tasty.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to try and make zucchini desserts. Thanks for the recipe ideas. I will be trying this out very soon!

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Doing this. Tomorrow. Yep I am.

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      neotony 5 years ago

      terrific combination. i actually have a chocolate and zuccini cake recipe that I love.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @BarbaraCasey: I always leave the skin on, but if you have had some bitter zucchini - it comes from the skin. I hate that bitter flavor, so if I buy a zucchini that is very bitter, I toss it. But you can peel it too, and that will help a lot.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Never tried grating a zucchini before. Skin on... or off?

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      I'm gonna have to adapt it to my wacky wacky medical diet.... but yes, it's certainly on the list of recipes I'd like to try - fab lens!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Not sure. It sounds interesting though.

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      alexashots 5 years ago

      No i Haven't tried yet but after reading your squid i will not going to stop myself-Drooling down!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What an interesting recipe, who would have thought to mix chocolate and zucchini?

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses and on getting the Purple Star for this lens.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Chocolate and Zucchini? I'm just not sure, because I cook with Zucchini to calories and really how much are cutting if Chocolate is in the mix, but it sounds really good.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Maybe...these are really interesting ingredients together. Worth a try...

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I think I prefer my zucchini as nature intended but this recipe idea might well tempt my husband.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. I was very impressed by the quality of the reviews - no one you made it to the front page! Timely, sort of healthy, and fun lens. Great use of the dual debate module - I could see both sides, but was eager to choose one. blessed and sent out to google plus (suggestion: add the bookmarking widget so that more people get to see this great lens before they are over-run by zucchini.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I am thinking of trying it, very nice lens. =)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @flycatcherrr: Do you have bees? The cookies taste differently depending on the flavor of the honey. It's a nice variable.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I do make a chocolate zucchini cake, but I've never baked zucchini chocolate chip cookies, so that recipe will be next. Very timely, what with it being Zucchini Overload season and also the honey harvest.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      How unique. I've never hears of chocolate and zucchini used together before.

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Sure will with a few natural sugar substitutes.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      This sounds like a perfect match.

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      Zucchini choco chip cookies - (i wasn't aware it would be such a great combo) I'm definitely gonna try this! - great idea!

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      Bonfire Designs 5 years ago

      Wow zucchini and chocolate, I may have to try the cookie recipe!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      The cookies look amazing, so I think I will try them. When I saw the title of your lens, I actually did a double take; "Chocolate and zucchini?" But you've convinced me! Great lens - thank you!

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      beindustrial 5 years ago

      I don't want to sound ignorant but I really didn't know that chocolate and zucchini works well together... This is really new to me.. :-)

      But this is a good a idea to keep my kids munching on veggies without them knowing. I will definitely try this asap...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Another awesome recipe I absolutely must try!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      They sound and look delectable. I get zucchini muffins from the bakery. I bookmarked this page for a bake day down the road.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Soapmarked: It is amazing how zucchini disappears when it is mixed with something else. I think you might like one of these!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Never would have thought of putting zucchini and chocolate together. I love zucchini bread but this sounds weird. Have to try it!!!

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      Soapmarked 5 years ago from TX

      Wow, those look interesting. Hubby loves zucchini and I hate them, so we may have to try!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      They sure look and sound great. I would love to try them.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I don't think I've had them together I used to make a lot of zucchini bread when I was yonger

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Sure looks tasty! Thanks

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @AngelaKane: Chocolate and zucchini go so well because the zucchini keeps the chocolate moist. It is a great combination.

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      I want to try the chocolate chip zucchini recipe. It just looks and sounds good. I have never even considered adding chocolate or sugar to a zucchini before and I think I will give this a try.

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      menskincaretips 5 years ago

      I'm a big fan of zucchini and chocolate! This is definitely a recipe I'm going to try, thanks for sharing and great book suggestion!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome recipe. Looks like very yummy.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting combination. I like zucchini cake, so I will probably like these recipes too.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Great recipe! I make a chocolate chip zucchini bread which my kids love, but I will have to try your cookie recipe! Thanks.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I will definately try this recipe. Anytime I can get a vegetable into my chocolate loving family i s a good thing. Blessed and Pinned by a squid angel.

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      I want to try them all!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Yes, when I get extra zuchinni I have made chocolate cake and muffins with it. But I'm going to give your cookie recipe a go. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've had them, they're good. Love zucchini bread?,

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love zucchini bread but have never made the chocolate version. Yum

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I will try this recipe since it has honey too. I have made zucchini bread but not with chocolote pieces. A great idea.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Wonderful idea. I grow zucchini every year in my garden and have prepared it the conventional way (sliced, grilled, with other veggies, etc...) and I have made zucchini bread but never combined it with chocolate. I have a bunch of zucchini that will be ready in about a week. I'm going to reserve some to try this recipe. Thank you. Blessed by a SquidAngel...

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This looks like a fantastic idea. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds quite intriguing - I can't say I've tried one yet!