12 Hidden Zucchini Recipes That’ll Fulfill Your Cravings and Vegetable Intake at Once

Over the years, we’ve seen many variations on how to spice up vegetables that have either no taste or just require lots of cheese to ingest. Let’s be honest — when you go into the produce section of the grocery store, do you know every vegetable on display? If you answered yes, then riddle us impressed! For the rest of us folk, wandering through produce can be a never-ending maze of, “What do I get?” and “But how do I cook it?

These things can all be said of zucchini squash, this seasons’s favorite vegetable. Yes, it’s a bold statement to call one singular vegetable the veggie of the season. However . . .there’s always reasoning behind bold statements in the food world. See, zucchini isn’t just for the mundane side to your flavorless, but lean, chicken breast.

Why stick to something so minimalistic and ordinary when there’s so much to explore in the world of zucchini? Whether you’re a doubter or believer in the power of the Z, you’ll be able to appreciate, and even be surprised by, these 12 recipes that hide the whole ‘zucchini exists here’ thing.

1. Brown Butter Zucchini Coffee Cake

Two Peas and Their Pod
Two Peas and Their Pod

A coffee cake with zucchini? Yep, you read that right. You’ll always need something for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so why not get your veggies through this twist on a time-told favorite?

Get the recipe here.

2. Pesto Zucchini Noodles With Chicken Sausage

Cookin' Canuck
Cookin’ Canuck

Who says you can’t dabble with pesto sauce while watching your waistline? Go all in on this delectable dish of zoodles, apple sausage and everyone’s childhood favorite, pesto sauce.

Get the recipe here.

3. Cheesy Zucchini Breadsticks

Smile Sandwich
Smile Sandwich

Pizza is one of those things you crave every once in awhile. Sometimes you feel great after because pizza can be life-changing and/or saving. Then there are the times where you sit in self reflection of the mass amounts of carbs and cheese you just ate and have an internal meltdown.

Luckily, there are some crafty foodies in the world who have found low-carb options to classics, such as pizza. These cheesy ‘breadsticks’ are made with shredded zucchini, allowing you to indulge without going totally overboard.

Get the recipe here.

4. Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Six Sisters Stuff
Six Sisters Stuff

You had us at cake. This moist take on the recently popular zucchini banana bread will have you drooling from start to finish … and then licking the frosting bowl when the cake magically disappears.

Get the recipe here.

5. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

Recipe Runner
Recipe Runner

This recipe is truly the best of both worlds. You get your cheesy marinara goodness without the guilt. Zucchini is a vegetable after all, which means mounds of cheese don’t count, naturally.

Get the recipe here.

6. Zucchini Sausage Soup

Butter With a Side of Bread
Butter with a Side of Bread

Any soup that can be made from scratch in ten ingredients or less is a winner in my book. This soup passes that test, and even offers shortcuts if you’re short on time.

Get the recipe here.

7. Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking Classy
Cooking Classy

My youth consisted of going to my best friend’s house and grubbing down on some freshly baked chocolate chip, oatmeal and nut cookies.

These are a little taste of youth with a nutritional twist. Go an extra step and swap out all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, and one cookie has now become a balanced meat, sort of.

Get the recipe here.

8. Zucchini Pizza Crust

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Cooking LSL

Why settle for zucchini breadsticks when you can make an entire pizza crust with the stuff?! Best part is you’ll have a fresh and healthy take on homemade pizza in just 35 minutes.

Get the recipe here.

9. Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

Simply Recipes
Simply Recipes

Not all breakfast-bakes with zucchini have to be sweet. This zucchini-fied take on the traditional frittata has three entire zucchinis in it, amongst good-for-you foods like eggs and tomatoes.

Get the recipe here.

10. Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Sugar Free Mom
Sugar Free Mom

Hate the greasy feeling that potato chips leave on your hands —even kettle-cooked ones?

Here’s your solution! Dehydrating the thinly sliced pieces of zucchini allows for a crispness in each crunch, sans the grease.

Get the recipe here.

11. Flourless Zucchini Fudge Brownies

The Big Man's World
The Big Man’s World

Chocolate is the greatest mixer of zucchini in the sense that you simply won’t recognize or even remember that it exists. These fudge brownies take it to the next level by being flour-free. Go on, have a second … or a fifth.

Get the recipe here.

12. Zucchini “Apple” Pie

The Eco Friendly Family
The Eco Friendly Family

How could zucchini ever replicate apple, let alone the texture and flavor of apples within apple pies? Easy: cinnamon, sugar, and butter: the 3 make-everything-taste-like-anything-else ingredients to life.

Feeling adventurous? Try this out and let us know what you think! Get the recipe here.

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