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Vegan “Red Velvet” Zucchini Brownies

  • A little indulgence
  • Recipe by Dani Venn
  • Vegan
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Vegan “Red Velvet” Zucchini Brownies

Prep time:

25 minutes

Cooking time:

25 minutes




The healthy treat that ticks all the boxes – gooey, chocolatey, soft and satisfying! Adding zucchini to these brownies gives them the perfect fudgy texture, and the taste is completely undetectable. We’ve also added our Essential Reds powder for a red velvet vibe and boost of beneficial antioxidants.


  • 2 small zucchinis, grated (approx. 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes
  • ½ cup Melrose Organic Full Flavoured Coconut Oil, melted
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour or plain flour
  • ½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder or 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Melrose Essential Red Powder


Preheat fan-forced oven to 170 degrees. Prepare a 20 x 20cm baking pan with baking paper. Place grated zucchini in a bowl or sieve and sprinkle over half a teaspoon of salt, toss well to combine and allow zucchini to sit in a bowl for about 15 minutes, then squeeze out excess moisture before adding to the brownies. Combine melted Melrose coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla paste in a bowl and whisk to combine. Combine flour, cacao powder, baking powder. Melrose Essential Reds and the remaining salt flakes in a separate mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Add zucchini and stir well to coat. Add wet liquid to dry liquid and mix well using a large mixing spoon until combined. Place mixture into prepared baking tin and smooth batter evenly around pan. Place in oven and bake for approx. 25 minutes, until a knife comes out clean when inserted, however brownie should still feel a little soft and fudgy. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 – 10 minutes, before removing and cooling completely on a cake tray before slicing and serving. Brownies best stored in an air tight container and will become fudgier over time. Best eaten within about 4 days at room temperature or 7 days if kept in the fridge.