Courgette and carrot chocolate brownies

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Serves: 12

By MaisieToo

(7 Votes) 10


  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 300g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 125ml vegetable oil

  • 40g cocoa powder

  • 125g courgette grated

  • 60g walnuts chopped

  • 125g carrot grated

  • 250g plain flour


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease and flour a 22x33cm baking tin.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together, oil, sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa powder, bicarb and salt; stir into sugar mixture.
  5. Fold in courgette, carrot and walnuts.
  6. Spread evenly in prepared tin.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until brownies spring back when gently touched.
  8. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Make Ahead

  • carrot

  • cake

  • courgette

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  • Altimate 16/08/17 18:27

    I grated the veg by hand and found it was way too dry as a mixture. Added 125ml milk until it felt about right and it was great, very brownie-like and very popular.

  • Fussykiddies 18/03/15 17:20

    Another update: it's all gone! They loved it! So anyone coming to this recipe looking for ways to hide veggies - replace 75ml of oil with 100g of roasted pumpkin purée! Personally, I prefer the original version - what I made isn't a brownie, it's chocolate cake.

  • Fussykiddies 18/03/15 16:49

    I love this recipe! The first time I made it, it was a disaster because I did it by hand and there wasn't enough liquid to cover the dry ingredients. I baked it anyway and some of it had potential. So I tried again, this time with the food processor, and it was great! I've made it loads of times now. My oldest won't eat any kind of veg (except in bolognaise sauce) but she'll eat a small amount of these brownies (she's not that into chocolate either!). My son devours them! Just one thing, the brownies are quite stodgy - I happen to like them that way but my husband prefers his more cake-like. Is this because there are no eggs in it? I know very little about the science of baking, but I'm learning :) I've been researching baking with vegetables and saw that pumpkin can be used to replace oil and sugar, so I just made a batch with 75% pumpkin instead of oil. I ended up using the same amount of sugar though as the pumpkin taste in the batter was quite strong. ... update: the texture is cakier, but while they don't taste of pumpkin, the pumpkin seems to have absorbed all the sugar, or the chocolate. I havn't tried them on the kids yet, but I'm not very hopeful.

  • cutterbut 27/10/13 10:40

    I added choc chips and left out the courgette and nuts. They were the best ever, according to the boys in my house.

  • ImNotCute 12/09/12 20:58

    I used apple instead of courgette and left out the nuts. My extremely fruit and veg phobic dd loved it and kept coming back for more. As others have said it's quite an unusual mixture but cooks up nicely.

  • earlyriser 23/08/11 14:17

    I thought this recipe would be a disaster as there seemed to be a lot of sugar and the mix was quite dry. (disclaimer i used muscavado sugar as this was all i had). But oh yum, these were the gooiest, yummiest brownies i have ever made. And they are vegan too. They are very rich though so probably not a good idea (in hindsight) to eat more than one!

  • balia 16/08/11 20:32

    I think it's better with beetroot but I'm a huge fan of getting veg into kids this way!

  • whomovedmychocolate 16/08/11 13:23

    Well they look like brownies but they taste very, very odd. Great to use the veggies. Seem to have too many nuts in and while DS loves them DD declared they yucky and eschewed the entirely. Now have enough brownies to feed about 30 small children though. Will take them to the grandparents.

  • lady007pink 13/08/11 20:27

    As I was making up this recipe the mix appeared peculiar, but it worked and my girls loved them! My DS didn't which is why I'll give an 8.

  • MaisieToo 12/04/11 13:08

    I love this recipe because it's a sneaky way of getting vegetables into your kid's diet!!