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chocolate zucchini cake topped with raspberries

Chocolate Zucchini Cake (healthy + gluten free)

Incredible, fudgy chocolate zucchini cake that’s deliciously moist thanks to siggi’s vanilla yogurt and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup & coconut sugar. This gluten free chocolate zucchini cake is made with a mix of almond flour and oat flour and can be made in one bowl for the perfect, easy summer dessert!

Course Cake, Dessert, Gluten Free
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate zucchini cake, gluten free chocolate zucchini cake, healthy chocolate zucchini cake
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 323 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • Wet ingredients:
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed of excess moisture with a paper towel (1 cup shredded zucchini)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 (5.3 oz) container siggi's 0% vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups packed fine blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder (or sub unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top
  • Raspberries to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. First, measure out 1 heaping cup of shredded zucchini, then place shredded zucchini in a paper towel or cheese cloth and squeeze out all of the moisture/water. This is very important!
  3. Add shredded zucchini, eggs, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, siggi’s yogurt, vanilla extract to a large bowl and whisk together until well combined. Finally stir in melted and cooled coconut oil until well combined.
  4. Next, add dry ingredients: almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together with a wooden spoon until well combined. Fold ½ cup chocolate chips into the batter.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before topping it.
  6. Next make the topping: add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a medium bowl; microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Once chocolate is melted, pour over the cake and tilt the pan side to side to help evenly distribute the chocolate and coat every inch of the cake. Finally, sprinkle a little sea salt on top if you’d like.
  7. Cut the cake into 12 slices. Serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries and enjoy! Store cake in the fridge after a day.

Recipe Notes

If you want this cake to be super fudgy, feel free to store the cake in the fridge! It will taste just like a brownie and gets even more moist and fudgy by the day.

Feel free to use a different frosting to make it your own. You could halve either my strawberry frosting or peanut butter frosting for a unique twist.

If you want to make this a fun birthday cake, feel free to add some pretty rainbow sprinkles on top

To store: Feel free to keep the healthy chocolate zucchini cake covered at room temperature for about a day or so, then place it in the fridge covered for 5-7 days.
See the full post for freezing instructions!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Zucchini Cake (healthy + gluten free)
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (based on 12))
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.5g30%
Saturated Fat 9.6g60%
Carbohydrates 36.4g12%
Fiber 4.6g19%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 6.6g13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.