A healthier twist on a classic dessert, this Vegan Zucchini Blondie Recipe is perfectly sweet and bursting with chocolate chips in every bite. Made with simple ingredients, it’s perfect for a sweet breakfast, afternoon pick-me-up, or satisfying dessert!
Why You’ll Love This Vegan Zucchini Blondie Recipe
Are you a fan of blondies? They’re one of the most underrated desserts, in my opinion. Needless to say, I enjoy them. So, I thought it was time to give them the respect they deserve! However, I didn’t want to make any old blondie recipe. I wanted to make the best vegan blondies you’ll ever taste! Ambitious? Maybe, but I think I succeeded if I do say so myself. These vegan zucchini blondies are:
- Made with just 10 simple ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand)
- Baked in 25 minutes
- Stuffed full of zucchini for added nutrients and fiber
- Gooey, delicious, and loaded with chocolate!
What’s the Difference Between a Brownie and a Blondie?
The primary difference between a brownie and a blondie recipe is the existence of cocoa powder!
Unlike brownies which are meant to have a rich chocolate taste achieved with the addition of cocoa powder, blondies have a rich vanilla flavor. They’re also made with brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar for a more caramel-like taste.
What Are Vegan Blondies Made Of?
Believe it or not, vegan blondies aren’t all that different from standard blondie recipes. However, my version is made even better with the addition of zucchini. Pretty sure the existence of vegetables means they’re good for you. Right? Anyway, here’s what you’ll need:
- Vegan Butter – Melting the butter before baking will allow for softer, more decadent blondies.
- Sugar – Granulated sugar, coconut sugar, or dark brown sugar can be used. They all taste great, but using brown sugar will create a more caramel-like flavor.
- Dairy-Free Yogurt – This helps reduce the amount of fat you’ll need while keeping your dessert super moist. Plus, it adds a boost of protein, too!
- Zucchini – Promise you can’t taste it. Shredded zucchini takes on the flavors of whatever you pair it with. It’s my favorite way to trick my littles into eating their vegetables!
- Vanilla Extract and Salt – These help bring out the flavors of the rest of the ingredients for the best dessert.
- All-Purpose Flour – This forms the base of your blondie recipe, providing structure to hold everything together.
- Baking Soda and Baking Powder – Whatever you do, don’t forget to add these! They help create fluffy blondies. Without them, you’ll have something closer to a hockey puck than a dessert.
- Vegan Chocolate Chips – I love dark chocolate chips, but whatever you like best is totally fine.
How to Make the Best Blondie Recipe
Blondies are so easy to make, I’m not sure why we aren’t all making them constantly. So, if you need a sign to treat yourself to a delicious dessert, this is it. Take a look at the instructions below, and scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the complete details.
- Preheat your oven, and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter, and whisk it with the sugar.
- Add in the remaining wet ingredients, and stir to combine.
- Pour the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips into the bowl.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the baking dish, and bake until the top is lightly golden.
- Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing, and enjoy! I like to serve them warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, but you do you.
Are My Vegan Blondies Supposed to be Gooey?
Yes! I love a warm, gooey blondie. When you pull them out of the oven, they probably won’t look all the way done. Don’t worry, they’re supposed to be this way and will continue to bake a bit as they cool.
Or, if you prefer a slightly more dry, cake-like texture, just leave them in the oven a few minutes longer. Just be sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn!
Should I Peel the Zucchini Before Adding it to the Blondies?
No! Not only is this super time-consuming, but it’s also totally not necessary. The skin is where most of the good stuff is, meaning the vitamins and nutrients in the zucchini. So, peeling it would pretty much defeat the purpose of adding it in the first place!
Once completely cooled, you can store your vegan zucchini blondies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Or, for an even longer-lasting blondie recipe, keep them in the freezer! For the best results, wrap each blondie in plastic wrap. Then, place them all in a sealable bag, and store them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, just let them thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.
More Blondie Recipe Variations to Try
One great thing about blondies is that as long as you’ve got the basics down there’s no right or wrong way to make them! To prove my point, try out a few of my other favorite variations.
- Dairy-free and egg-free, these Vegan Caramel Pecan Blondies are loaded with caramel pieces and pecans for an ooey-gooey dessert ready in just 25 minutes!
- High-protein and made with plant-based ingredients, these Flourless Blender Blondies are a sweet recipe you can feel good about eating.
- Gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar, and packed full of chocolate, these Vegan Chocolate Chunk Blondies are truly a superior dessert.
- Made with minimal ingredients and high-protein, recipes don’t get better than these 5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies.
Vegan Zucchini Blondie Recipe
- 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar coconut sugar or dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup dairy free yogurt
- 1/2 cup zucchini finely shredded and lightly pressed of water
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 – 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted vegan butter and sugar.
- Add in the dairy-free yogurt and vanilla extract, and mix together thoroughly.
- Add in the salt, flour, baking soda and baking powder, and use your utensil to evenly combine the ingredients.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.
- Bake the blondies in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow the blondies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve. Enjoy!