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Wholesome Chocolate Zucchini Cake (gluten free!)


She’s wholesome! She’s cute! She’s common as well! For reals although, you’re about to fulfill (or reintroduce your self to) probably the most scrumptious chocolate cake ever that celebrates ZUCCHINI in our AK Summer season Sequence: my zucchini chocolate cake. I needed to re-share this magnificence as a result of it’s like a combination between a brownie, a cake, and a chocolate molten cake omgggg. To be trustworthy I nailed this recipe the very first time I made it and I couldn’t cease spooning it out of the pan straight into my mouth.

However right here’s the deal: not solely is that this chocolate zucchini cake fairly wholesome, however it’s additionally gluten free, features a good quantity of protein due to yogurt, is of course sweetened with pure maple syrup + coconut sugar, and made with nutritious almond flour and oat flour. The perfect half although? The melted chocolate + sea salt on high when it’s all completed. It’s like biting right into a fudgy, gooey brownie and I’m HERE FOR IT.

Do your self a favor and make this cake ASAP, all my style testers LOVED this one and I do know you’ll, too! Don’t overlook to return again and depart a remark + charge the recipe to inform me the way you favored it!

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Welcome to the AK Summer season Sequence

For the remainder of the summer time, we’ll be dedicating every week to pick summer time produce! Week 4 is HERE and we’re celebrating lovely zucchini persevering with with the very best chocolate zucchini cake. Keep tuned on the weblog and on Instagram for every week’s produce spotlight, enjoyable movies, and extra.

gluten free chocolate zucchini cake topped with raspberries

Your fav chocolate cake simply acquired a wholesome makeover

That’s proper, this chocolate zucchini cake is made with better-for-you substances you could be ok with! But it nonetheless tastes SO decadent. This chocolate zucchini cake is:

  • Filled with greens. You gained’t even be capable to inform, however there’s a complete fiber-packed zucchini baked proper into this cake!
  • Gluten free. Oat flour and almond flour hold this chocolate zucchini cake gluten-free, and almond flour provides it some wholesome fat.
  • Naturally sweetened. We’re utilizing some pure maple syrup and coconut sugar to provide the cake the right sweetness.
  • Crammed with protein. A small container of yogurt makes the cake tremendous moist whereas boosting the protein! Siggi’s really has extra protein than sugar per cup, so you understand we’re working with the products.

mixing wet ingredients for a chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate chips

What you’ll must make this wholesome chocolate zucchini cake

This wholesome chocolate zucchini cake is made with loads of fridge and pantry staples for a enjoyable, straightforward dessert you’ll wish to make many times. Right here’s what you’ll must make it:

  • Zucchini: this little veggie is the star of the present! Zucchini provides the chocolate cake moisture with out having so as to add a ton of butter (like in common desserts). Verify our ideas for baking with zucchini within the put up beneath!
  • Eggs: you’ll want 2 eggs on this recipe to assist it bake up. We haven’t examined this recipe with flax eggs, however tell us in case you do!
  • Sweetener: we’re naturally sweetening the cake with pure maple syrup and coconut sugar. You’ll additionally want some vanilla extract.
  • Yogurt: I really like baking with siggi’s yogurt as a result of it doesn’t add a ton of extra sugar and it provides baked items the right quantity of moisture. I used the vanilla siggi’s on this one for a bit increase of taste!
  • Coconut oil: to maintain the zucchini chocolate cake good and fudgy.
  • Flours: as I discussed, we’re utilizing almond flour and oat flour to make the cake gluten free. See beneath for making your individual oat flour!
  • Cacao powder: gotta have that wealthy chocolate taste (+ a lift of antioxidants!). So a lot better than common cocoa powder (although you should utilize that as an alternative!)
  • Baking staples: don’t overlook the baking soda and salt.
  • Topping & add-ins: I really like mixing in chocolate chips and creating an epic chocolate drizzle with extra chocolate chips and coconut oil. Wanna get fancy? Add some recent raspberries and a sprinkle of sea salt to the highest, too!

mixing batter for healthy chocolate zucchini cake

Easy ingredient swaps

I like to recommend sticking with the recipe the very best you could, however listed below are some straightforward ingredient swaps that ought to work properly:

  • For the coconut sugar: be at liberty to make use of common brown sugar as an alternative.
  • For the yogurt: I really like utilizing vanilla yogurt, however plain yogurt and even plant-based yogurt will work as properly.
  • For the coconut oil: melted and cooled butter or vegan butter are nice alternate options.
  • For the cacao powder: unsweetened cocoa powder works completely, too!

Can I exploit a unique flour?

Sadly, no, I can’t suggest an alternative to the almond flour or oat flour right here as they offer the gluten free chocolate zucchini cake the right texture.

pouring chocolate frosting onto a healthy chocolate zucchini cake

Make your individual oat flour proper at house

That’s proper, in case you’re out of oat flour you’ll be able to simply make it with only one ingredient! Try my tutorial on how one can make do-it-yourself oat flour proper at house to make use of on this gluten free chocolate zucchini cake. Really easy!

Keep in mind the following tips when baking with zucchini

  • Use the small aspect of your field grater so that you just get excellent shreds of zucchini. Nobody will be capable to inform there’s a veggie within the cake! Actually, a easy cheese grater may even work properly.
  • Squeeze out your zucchini shreds as a lot as attainable utilizing a cheesecloth, clear dish towel or paper towel to get all the extra liquid out. That is VERY vital in order that the cake has the appropriate texture.
  • Shred zucchini first, measure it out then squeeze off extra moisture.
  • Be happy to shred a bunch of zucchini and freeze it for later! Observe my ideas and tips right here.

chocolate zucchini cake cut into squares and topped with raspberries

Enjoyable methods to customise this chocolate zucchini cake

  • Make it additional fudgy. If you’d like this cake to be tremendous fudgy, be at liberty to retailer the cake within the fridge! It is going to style similar to a brownie and will get much more moist and fudgy by the day. 
  • Select your fav frosting. I really like creating the easy drizzle as a chocolate frosting for this cake however be at liberty to strive my strawberry frosting or peanut butter frosting for a novel twist. Simply keep in mind to halve these recipes!
  • Have fun a birthday! If you wish to make this a enjoyable birthday cake, be at liberty so as to add some fairly rainbow sprinkles on high of the melted chocolate. I really like this model of pure sprinkles!

Methods to retailer this cake

Be happy to maintain the chocolate zucchini cake recipe coated at room temperature for a few day or so, then place it within the fridge coated for five days.

gluten free chocolate zucchini cake slices next to a container of yogurt

Freezer-friendly chocolate zucchini cake

Sure, this one bowl chocolate zucchini cake freezes properly for as much as 2 months! I want to freeze the cake with out the chocolate topping. Right here’s how one can do it:

  1. Let the cake cool after which wrap it properly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  2. Place the total cake in a zip-top freezer bag.
  3. To serve it, thaw the cake within the fridge in a single day, then let the cake come to room temp earlier than including the chocolate topping and serving it.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake (wholesome + gluten free)

chocolate zucchini cake topped with raspberries

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time 30 minutes

Complete Time 1 hour

Serves12 servings

Unbelievable, fudgy chocolate zucchini cake that’s deliciously moist due to vanilla yogurt and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup & coconut sugar. This gluten free chocolate zucchini cake is made with a mixture of almond flour and oat flour and will be made in a single bowl for the right, straightforward summer time dessert!


  • Moist substances:
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed of extra moisture with a paper towel (1 cup shredded zucchini)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 (5.3 oz) container siggi’s 0% vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • Dry substances:
  • 1 ½ cups packed high-quality blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup cacao powder (or sub unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • For the topping:
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on high
  • Raspberries to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • First, measure out 1 heaping cup of shredded zucchini, then place shredded zucchini in a paper towel or cheese fabric and squeeze out all the moisture/water. This is essential!
  • Add shredded zucchini, eggs, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, siggi’s yogurt, vanilla extract to a big bowl and whisk collectively till properly mixed. Lastly stir in melted and cooled coconut oil till properly mixed.
  • Subsequent, add dry substances: almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Combine along with a wood spoon till properly mixed. Fold ½ cup chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the ready pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or till a tester comes out clear. Enable the cake to chill for a minimum of half-hour within the pan on a wire rack earlier than topping it.
  • Subsequent make the topping: add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium bowl; microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, till chocolate is melted. Alternatively you’ll be able to soften the chocolate in a saucepan over low warmth. As soon as chocolate is melted, pour over the cake and tilt the pan aspect to aspect to assist evenly distribute the chocolate and coat each inch of the cake. Lastly, sprinkle a bit sea salt on high in case you’d like.
  • Reduce the cake into 12 slices. Serve with recent raspberries or strawberries and revel in! Retailer cake within the fridge after a day.

Recipe Notes

If you’d like this cake to be tremendous fudgy, be at liberty to retailer the cake within the fridge! It is going to style similar to a brownie and will get much more moist and fudgy by the day.
Be happy to make use of a unique frosting to make it your individual. You would halve both my strawberry frosting or peanut butter frosting for a novel twist.
If you wish to make this a enjoyable birthday cake, be at liberty so as to add some fairly rainbow sprinkles on high
To retailer: Be happy to maintain the wholesome chocolate zucchini cake coated at room temperature for a few day or so, then place it within the fridge coated for 5-7 days.
See the total put up for freezing directions!


Serving: 1slice (primarily based on 12)Energy: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 36.4gProtein: 6.6gFats: 19.5gSaturated Fats: 9.6gFiber: 4.6gSugar: 25g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Formidable Kitchen | Pictures by The Conscious Hapa

This put up was initially revealed on August 6, 2021, republished on August 7, 2022, and republished on July thirty first, 2023.



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