Zucchini Cookies are a healthy, tasty snack made with chocolate chips and oats. Enjoy them for breakfast or dessert with this simple recipe!
NOTE: This post was originally published in 2014. The photos and text were updated in 2018. The recipe stayed the same because we love it just the way it is!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe:
Zucchini chocolate chip cookies are always a hit at my house! My kids devour them which is surprising because some of them won’t touch zucchini!
- It’s a healthy cookie recipe! Don’t worry they still taste amazing!
- An easy recipe with step-by-step instructions.
- Readers LOVE this recipe! They say it’s easy and even better than sugar-loaded zucchini cookie recipes!
- You can add in extra things you like; walnuts, dried fruit, raisins, etc.
- Wondering what cookies freeze well? These ones are the BEST!
- They are the BEST zucchini breakfast cookies.
Little Dairy on the Prairie Pro Tip: The cookies are perfect for freezing! Bake and cool cookies. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Or, microwave for 20 seconds.
Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:
I’m going to give you the list of ingredients, plus some suggestions for substituting. Be sure to check those out for gluten-free cookies.
- Zucchini – I like fresh, you can use frozen shredded zucchini too. Be sure to wring it out before using it.
- Vegetable Oil – Canola or melted coconut oil will work too. (I’ve never tried using coconut oil, but readers have and loved it)
- Brown Sugar – Can use honey instead. Use 3 Tablespoons of honey. Squeeze zucchini to wring out a couple of Tablespoons of liquid. Since honey has water you’ll need to reduce the amount of liquid the zucchini adds to the recipe. You’ll also need to watch the cookies closely as they bake and may need to reduce the baking time.
- Oats – steel cut, quick cooking, or old fashioned.
- Flour – I use whole wheat. All-purpose, almond flour, or gluten-free flour are all great options too.
- Baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg
- Extras – Chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, dried fruit.
How to Make Zucchini Cookies:
There are quite a few steps, but I promise these zucchini cookies easy to make!
- Make oat flour in the blender or food processor. You can skip this step and just use oats instead for added texture.
- Mix egg, vanilla, and oil.
- Add brown sugar. Cream
- Add dry ingredients. Mix.
- Add extras (chocolate chips, nuts, etc) Mix.
- Add grated zucchini. Stir.
- Drop cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Bake. Cool.
Little Dairy on the Prairie Pro Tip: I love making oat flour for these cookies. Measure oats. Blend in a food processor or blender. Then use that amount of flour in the recipe.
How do I prepare zucchini for baking?
- Grating zucchini an easy way to prepare it for baking. You can grate it using the fine or more coarse side of the grater.
- Peeling zucchini before grating is optional. You can see the green peel in baked goods if you don’t grate it first. It doesn’t alter the taste at all.
- Some recipes require wringing grated zucchini before adding it to a recipe to eliminate some of the liquid. Check to see if the recipe instructs you to wring it or not. You need the moisture in this recipe.
- I almost always add zucchini as the last ingredient, then gently stir to combine. Adding it earlier in the recipe, then over mixing will wring the zucchini right in with the recipe and can produce extra liquid.
More Zucchini Recipes:
Zucchini Oat Cookies are one of our favorite ways to use zucchini from the garden. Here are a few other favorite zucchini recipes you’re going to love!
- Chocolate Zucchini Picnic Cake
- Zucchini Brownies
- Chocolate Zucchini Cookies
- Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake
- Zucchini Parmesan Meatballs in Creamy Tomato Sauce
- Easy Grilled Zucchini Foil Packets
- Pumpkin Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Cookies Recipe:
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal
- 1 cup zucchini grated
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats divided
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- If desired, blend one cup of oats and make oat flour. This isn't necessary, I like it better though.
- Mix together egg, oil and vanilla. Add brown sugar and mix again.
- Add blended and non blended quick oats, flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg to a mixing bowl. Mix together.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Mix together until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix.
- Add zucchini and gently mix together.
- Drop 1½ inch cookie balls on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 13-14 minutes.
- Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Cookies will keep for up to three days at room temperature or up to three months in the freezer.
- You can substitute raisins, dried cranberries, or other kinds of nuts for the walnuts. Or you can add more chocolate chips!