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4 Irresistible Zucchini Dessert Recipes

4 Zucchini Desserts That’ll Make Everyone Want to Eat Their Veggies

For a sweet treat to use up your bumper crop of zucchini, try using garden-fresh vegetables in cakes, cookies, sweet breads, and more.

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

A few years ago, I added some zucchini to my own peanut butter bars, and this time I wanted to try the cake. The zucchini makes it super juicy, but doesn't get in the way of the deliciousness of the chocolate and peanut butter. – Marilyn Blankschien, Clintonville, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2. Zucchini Brownies

Top these moist brownies with a quick-make peanut butter and chocolate frosting, a lovely way to use up your green garden squash. We really like the texture of the zucchini brownies. – Alison Wilkins, Amherst, New Hampshire

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • frosting:
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3. Pina Colada Zucchini Bread

At the urging of my husband, I submitted this recipe to the Pennsylvania Farm Show - and it won first place! You'll love the cake-like texture and tropical flavor. —Sharon Rydbom, Tipton, Pennsylvania

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon each coconut, rum and vanilla extracts
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or chopped pecans

4. Streusel Zucchini Ring Cake

Inspired by lots of zucchini, I found a new way to use them in this delicious and slightly sweet cake. He even won a blue ribbon at our show! –Regina Stock, Topeka, Kansas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, patted dry
  • 1-1/3 cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fat-free milk