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(Recipe) Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Here’s a chocolate cake built around delicious healthful zucchini! Most think of zucchini as a vegetable; however it’s technically a fruit. So, if you’re not crazy about vegetables in your cake, this is a recipe for you!

Zucchini offers a number of benefits. It contains potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. It also contains folate, which may help protect the heart and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Zucchini is also a good source of vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that can help keep your immune system healthy. Plus, the fiber in zucchini can help lower cholesterol.

When all this nutrition is delivered in a chocolate cake, how can you go wrong? Enjoy!

Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Yield: 24 servings


  • ½ cup “light” stick margarine
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup egg substitute or 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts of pecans
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips 

  • Directions

  • In large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Add applesauce, egg substitute, vanilla, milk and vinegar. Mix well. Sift flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and cocoa. Add to creamed mixture. Blend until just combined. Stir in zucchini. Do not over mix.
  • Pour into 13” x 9” pan sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Top with chopped nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories — 155
  • Fat — 5 g
  • Sodium — 279 mg
  • See more fun recipes on the Aurora Health Care Pinterest site!

    Source: the Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center

    Meet the Author

    Jodi Kasten, RD is a dietitian and nutrition support specialist for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. 

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