All the small talk this week about healthy zucchini recipes has been cute, but it’s time we cut to the good stuff: Zucchini Cookies.

Thick, soft, healthy Zucchini Cookies made with oatmeal and chocolate chips

Thick, pillowy, and studded with chocolate chips, these soft Zucchini Cookies get right back to the basics of one of zucchini’s most fantastic qualities.

You can use zucchini to bake yummy, healthy desserts!

Zucchini makes for wholesome desserts that:

  1. Taste FAB, while
  2. Squeezing in a serving of green, which allows us to
  3. Enjoy multiple servings with utter justification.

These delish Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with more nutritious ingredients, don’t require you to chill the dough, and like many of my favorite healthy cookie recipes, they’re sweet enough to leave you satisfied without sending you into sugar overload.

To continue our Zucchini Week fun, let’s make this simple, super satisfying zucchini cookie recipe!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies with oatmeal

 

How to Make Zucchini Cookies

You’ll need a few pantry staples to make oatmeal Zucchini Cookies. I bet you have them on hand already.

  • Whole Wheat Flour. These Zucchini Cookies are 100% whole grain but do not taste like it! I like to bake with white whole wheat flour, which, like all-purpose (white) flour, is mild in taste but offers benefits that all-purpose flour does not, such as additional protein, fiber, and nutrients.
  • Oatmeal. I adore oatmeal and zucchini together! Oatmeal gives the Zucchini Cookies a delightful texture, a homey, comforting vibe, and extra whole-grain goodness.

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

^Rhetorical question.

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

A sheet pan of Zucchini Cookies with oatmeal and chocolate chips

  • Cinnamon, Spice, Everything Nice. A few spices add to the comfort factor of the Zucchini Cookies without overpowering them.
  • Honey + Coconut Sugar. These more natural sweeteners give the Zucchini Cookies a delightful, almost caramel-y backnote.

You can find coconut sugar at most grocery stores and online here. If you can’t find it or don’t want to purchase it, brown sugar works in the recipe as well.

And of course we need one last optional (or not optional) ingredient…

  • CHOCOLATE.

I used a heaping helping of smooth dark chocolate chips.

Skeptical about zucchini and chocolate together? YOU MUST TRY IT. I know it sounds odd at first, but the combo works famously.

Case(s) in point: Zucchini Brownies, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Paleo Zucchini Bread.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies ready to eat

Zucchini Cookie Recipe Variations

Here are a few more ways to jazz up the recipe to suit your preferences or what you have on hand, and to make extra batches to use up that zucchini!

  • Vary the Mix-ins. Instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate chips, try making Zucchini Cookies with raisins, Zucchini Cookies with coconut, or Zucchini Cookies with walnuts or pecans.
  • Lemon Zucchini Cookies. Omit the chocolate chips. Beat the zest of 1 small lemon in with the sugar and the butter. For an extra burst, top the Zucchini Cookies with lemon glaze (the lemon glaze on top of this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake would work nicely).
  • Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. Bake the cookies as directed and let cool completely. Spread them with the cream cheese frosting like the one on top of this Cream Cheese Banana Bread.
  • Vegan Zucchini Cookies. You can swap zucchini for the carrot in my Carrot Cookies, which are already vegan. OR, if you want to play around with this specific zucchini cookie recipe, you can experiment by using a flax egg, maple syrup, nondairy yogurt, and a nondairy buttery substitute. (I haven’t tested this yet, so please comment and let me know how it turns out if you do!)
  • Zucchini Cookies No Flour. Swap zucchini for the carrot in my Carrot Cookies.
  • Gluten Free Zucchini Cookies. Use a 1:1 GF baking blend like this one in place of the white whole wheat flour.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies arranged on parchment paper

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!

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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

Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Oatmeal

5 from 19 votes
Healthy Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Oatmeal. Thick, soft and made with wholesome ingredients this easy zucchini dessert is popular and delish!

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 28 cookies, approx.

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 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. OR make my Carrot Cookies, using zucchini instead of carrots.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g

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

  2. 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 good5 stars

  4. 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.

  5. 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!5 stars

    1. Anne, I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks so much for giving it a try and reporting back.

  6. Hello Erin. I made these cookies today. The taste is delicious. However, after they cooled off on the rack, they fell apart when I picked them up. They didn’t hold its cookie form. Any idea what could’ve caused this? I would like to try to make these cookies again. By the way, I really enjoy your recipes and your website is one of the main ones I use.5 stars

    1. Doll, I am honestly not sure! Did you measure and really press the water out of your zucchini? They also could have been a bit overbaked. It’s hard to say without being there with you, but (outside of a mismeasurement or missed ingredient, which happens to us all) that is my guess as to what happened.

  7. Holy cookie heaven! These are soooo good. Followed the recipe but added nuts too. Will make all summer long!5 stars

  8. I made these cookies today and was blown away by how delicious they were.  My husband loved them also.  Even though they are healthy, we probably will gain weight because we can’t stay away from them!  I appreciate your recipes and have tried several.  They all have been great.  Thank you.
    Lois Rouse5 stars

    1. This comment made my day, Lois Rose! Thank you for the kind words, and I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my recipes!

  9. Love your recipes! I have not been able to find white whole wheat flour in Canada – is there a brand that you use?  Also would 2% Greek yoghurt work or is it too thick? Thx!

    1. Thank you, Susan! So happy you enjoy my recipes! The brand of white whole wheat flour I use is Bob’s Red Mill. And, yes, you can substitute the 2% yogurt!

  10. I think there must be a mistake with the amount of dry ingredients. The dough was too wet but I made them anyway. When testing the first batch they were undercooked.  But when I left them in the oven longer they burned. This recipe needs some major tweaking. And yes, I did squeeze the zucchini well. 

    1. Hi Linda! I’m so sorry to hear that this was a frustrating recipe for you. Without being in the kitchen with you, I’m not sure what might’ve been off, as I haven’t had this issue myself. I hope you’ll decide to try a different zucchini recipe!

  11. I was so excited to try these, but they did not turn out as soft as I hoped they would. I think I made them too big and then had to bake them a little bit longer so they were a little bit on a dry side. Still delicious and don’t worry, we ate them all :) It was just an operator’s error. I will have to try them again and adjust my baking time. :)5 stars

  12. Definitely keeping this recipe on hand. Not too sweet and a great way to use up some zucchini. Thanks for the note that says, “It may look curdled, and that is ok!” Because after I added the yogurt, I looked and said, “Oh that looks curdled.” And I looked back at the instructions and saw it was ok!5 stars

  13. Great tip to note that they look a little undercooked but just need to look “dry” around the edges. I definitely would have left them in otherwise. But cooking as instructed yielded a super soft, perfectly baked cookie. It’s a keeper for healthy cookies!5 stars

  14. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe! The whole family liked it! Will definitely be making these cookies again and again. 5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Chase! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  15. When I first bit into one I don’t think it was what I was expecting (more cakey I guess) so I wasn’t super impressed, but now I can’t stop eating them. My two testers like them too. I replaced 1/3 cup of the flour with finely ground almond flour, and I also probably messed up the zucchini measurement, but they still turned out great. I really have to stop myself from eating four and five at a time. Used a heaping 1/2 cup of chips and that was really plenty.5 stars

  16. Just a couple of question before I make these, can i use regular whole wheat flour instead of white whole wheat flour? Also why regular cooking oats instead of quick cooking oats.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Carol! Regular whole wheat flour will have a denser texture and more “wheaty” taste, but if you are OK with that, you can use it instead. I don’t recommend using instant oatmeal because it typically has added sugar and won’t add the same texture to the cookies. I hope this helps!

  17. I made these with room temperature coconut oil instead of butter and they’re perfect!! I’ve never baked with zucchini before but these cookies are incredible5 stars

  18. Delicious cookies and recipe was so easy to follow and thorough.’ a person who has never cooked before could make these and they would turn out because you covered all bases! thank you for your efforts in providing these recipes and with such care and detail5 stars

  19. This was easy and it tasted awesome we are plant base eaters so the few adjustment s didn’t make a difference it stated amazing! 5 stars