Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips

To the vegetable skeptics who doubt that eating your daily greens can be not just reasonably tolerable but downright delicious, I present Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Stay where you are.

Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Soft, buttery, healthy cookies that are whole grain and naturally sweetened with honey and coconut sugar. The BEST baking recipe to use up summer zucchini! Easy and can be made gluten free or vegan. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

To the dessert skeptics who saw the words “zucchini” and “cookies” next to each other in the recipe title and thought, “Keep your veg away from my dessert,” you stay put too.

And to my fellow fans of sneaking in a bit of extra veg, both when it doesn’t hurt a recipe and when, as in the case of today’s Zucchini Cookies, it makes the recipe even better…wait, why are you still reading this? Get into your kitchen and start baking already!

Oatmeal Chocolate Zucchini Cookies – easy, healthy recipe that can be made gluten free! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

 

No matter how you feel about vegetables, cookies, or the separation thereof, after one tender bite of these lightly buttery, soft, chocolate-chip-stuffed healthy zucchini cookies, I promise you won’t be worried about anything other than reaching for a second (and third).

Healthy Zucchini Cookies with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips. Soft, buttery, and perfect for using up extra summer zucchini. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

A few things these chocolate zucchini cookies having going for them, in addition to pure delectability:

ONE: 100% whole grain. Along with white whole wheat flour, which tastes just like regular all-purpose flour in the recipe but offers more protein and fiber, the cookies call for oatmeal. The oats gives the zucchini cookies a delightful texture, as well as a homey, comforting vibe that I adore.

Plus, the transformation of the recipe from zucchini chocolate chip cookies to into zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, means we can absolutely eat them for breakfast, yes?

^^Rhetorical question.

^^If you are still looking for an answer, it’s YES.

BEST Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies. Healthy, super soft, buttery, and naturally sweetened! Recipe includes notes to make gluten free. Try adding raisins, walnuts, or any of your favorite mix-ins! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

TWO: Naturally sweet. In place of regular sugar, I used a mix of honey and coconut sugar, which is less processed than white or brown sugar and gives the Zucchini Cookies a delightful, almost caramel-y backnote.

THREE: Cinnamon, spice, everything nice. A few spices add to the comfort factor of the zucchini cookies without overpowering another, ultra important ingredient…

FOUR: CHOCOLATE! I used a heaping helping of smooth dark chocolate chips, and next time I plan to toss in a few walnuts too.

If you prefer to make extra super-duper healthy zucchini cookies, you can omit the chocolate chips or replace them with a different mix-in (zucchini raisin cookies sound tasty too).

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies. Naturally sweetened, whole grain, and healthy! This easy, healthy cookie recipe is the perfect way to use up summer zucchini. {gluten free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

And last, but certainly not least…

FIVE: It’s summer, and zucchini is all-the-time everywhere. Take advantage of summer’s bounty. Bake yourself, your friends, and your coworkers a batch of Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips. It’s the right thing to do!

If you like these Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies, don’t miss this recipe for Zucchini Brownies!

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Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Oatmeal

Healthy Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Oatmeal. Soft, buttery, and naturally sweetened with honey. A delicious way to use up summer zucchini!

Yield: about 28 cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini (from about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or swap light or dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper or silpat mats. Place the shredded zucchini between layers of paper towel, then thoroughly squeeze out as much excess water as possible. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on high until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the coconut sugar and beat on medium high for 3 full additional minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. On high speed, beat in the honey and Greek yogurt, then the egg and vanilla until completely combined. The mixture may look curdled, but it will be fine. Scrape down the mixer as needed and blend the batter as well as you can.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. On low speed, slowly add one-third of the dry ingredients to the wet. By hand, fold in half of the shredded zucchini. Mix in the next third of the dry ingredients (again on low speed), fold in the remaining zucchini, and finally mix in the last third of the dry ingredients. By hand, stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. With a cookie scoop, portion the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until the tops are barely set and the edges are dry to the touch. They may seem underdone, but do not overbake or the cookies will be dry. Let rest on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Batter can be prepared and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator up to 1 day in advance.
  • Store leftovers at room temperature in a paper-towel-lined airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
  • To make the cookies gluten free: I have not yet experimented, but I think you could successfully replace the white whole wheat flour with gluten-free oat flour, adding an additional 2 to 3 tablespoons if the cookie batter seems too wet. An all-purpose gluten-free flour blend like this one would also work well. Ensure your quick oats are certified gluten free, like these are.
  • To make vegan: I have not yet tried the recipe this way, but I think you could use a vegan buttery spread in place of the unsalted butter, replace the honey with maple syrup, the egg with a flax egg, and the Greek yogurt with a nondairy yogurt.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cookie

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 84 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Sodium: 38mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 2g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

16 comments

  1. i make muffins with chocolate chip and zucchini, so good. i cant wait to give this a try.

  2. Lexi @Lexi'scleankitchen Reply

    These look so delicious! Such a perfect Summer cookie!! I have so much zucchini from my CSA and can’t wait to give these a try!

  3. These look really delicious. Never thought of a sweet that contains zucchini but those look really good

    Rating: 5
  4. I love that you made these GF for me! right? Gah, all the zucchini and chocolate. I”m in heaven with your recipes !

  5. LOVE that these cookies are made with zucchini–that gives us an excuse to have a second one, right?!

  6. Wow, these sound so tasty!!

  7. I never thought you can actually use zucchini for a cookie. My curiosity, and their delicious look of course, will make me try them out over the weekend.

  8. These are fabulous! I substituted the chocolate with raisins, and used light brown sugar. I love a hearty, not-too-sweet  cookie these fit the bill perfectly!

    Rating: 5
  9. Hello again from Germany! I am slowly cooking and baking my way through your recipes :-) Made these yesterday after a very long and hectic all computer and telephone day to unwind. I have mixed feelings about the result: Taste-wise, I think the cookies are excellent. The texture, however, is not really my cup of tea, too soft. I forgot my second batch in the oven and took them out after approx. 20 – 25 minutes – they were much darker (who would have thought) but not even those were the tiniest bit crunchy.

    I am making a zuchhini cake from time to time, I think I prefer that over these cookies. Still, they are a nice treat and I love that they are not too sweet and very low in fat! Thank you for the wonderful way of presenting interesting recipes, I feel very inspired by your blog.

    Rating: 3.5
    • Sophie, thanks so much for taking the time to leave your feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the taste of the cookies, even if you prefer a more firm cookie. These are definitely on the soft side. Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog!

  10. I’m very excited to try these, I just made paleo chocolate chip cookies from “The Wholesome House” Facebook page and we liked them. I have lot’s of zucchini in my garden this year and would love to get some into a cookie too. Thanks! Lisa

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