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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Ultimate Lunchbox Snack

As I was hanging out, oh, probably the one hundredth load of washing for the day (at least), the smell of these delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies baking wafted out to me. And literally made my mouth water. I could not wait to eat them. And the best bit? No sharing with hubby 😉

And why did I not need to share? Well, husband was away for 84 hours – not that I was counting – enjoying a long (with the emphasis on looooong) weekend in New Zealand. While I was home with the kids and the housework. But we survived, and managed to have a bit of fun too, like baking and eating these delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies!

birds eye view of zucchini chocolate chip cookies

These Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are such a simple recipe. Just one bowl and tasty! I love making these cookies with the kids. They have a lot of fun creaming the butter in this recipe and using the electric mixer. They also love taste testing the chocolate chips too. Totally the best bit about baking right?!

These Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, slightly chewy and just oh so good. These cookies actually started out life as a healthier take on Monster Cookies (which I also will be blogging soon!) but I couldn’t resist a simpler, nut free version that I could put in school lunches.

zucchini chocolate chip cookies stacked against a glass of milk

And these Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect lunchbox snack. Nut free, hidden veg, and did I mention tasty? And what kid can resist chocolate chips right? Or adult for that matter!

These healthier chocolate chip cookies are also freezer friendly. To freeze, cool the Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies completely then store in a container or zip lock bag. Baking should last for two to three months. Which coincidentally means that if you bake these during school holidays and freeze then you can have enough for the term!

zucchini chocolate chip cookies

Do you love the sound of these healthier chocolate chip cookies? If you do you will love these Carrot Oat Cookies or these Apple Oat Cookies sweetened only with fruit. If you love baking with zucchini you will also love these Healthier Chocolate Brownies or these Apple Zucchini Muffins with no added sugar.

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zucchini chocolate chip cookies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Ultimate Lunchbox Snack

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  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Western


These delicious nut free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are fantastic in lunchboxes. Lower in sugar and made with lots of oats and wholemeal flour this will be a lunchtime favourite.


  • 100g butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 150g (1 medium) zucchini grated
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a baking tray
  2. Cream the sugar and butter with an electric mixer
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until mixed through
  4. Add the zucchini and chocolate chips and stir through until combined before adding in the oats, baking powder and flour
  5. Roll tablespoon sized portions of dough into balls and place separately on the tray
  6. Flatten the balls with your fingers
  7. Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden
  8. Rest on a baking tray for a five minutes before cooling on a wire rack

I hope you enjoy this Zucchini Chocolate Chip recipe. As always, remember to get social with me! Take a picture and share with me on Instagram or Facebook!

Happy baking,
Bernadette x

zucchini chocolate chip cookies


  1. Lydia Gibson

    So good! I wanted a Anzac tasting cookie, so swapped 1/2 cup oats for desiccated coconut and 1tbs sugar for golden syrup. So yummy!!! They also freeze fine.

  2. Have made these time and time again and are always a hit. My 5 year old even asks if we can make them

  3. Made a double batch of these, they were amazing. Substituted some of the wholemeal flour with psyllium husk, flaxseed & chia to assist with dietary requirements & they held up well!

  4. Hi there
    My son is anaphalactic to egg
    What can i replace egg with please?

  5. Great recipe Bernadette! The kids and I made them together and they were a hit! Used a mix of white and dark choc chips, and I personally found the mix of white choc and zucchini to be DELICIOUS! Will definitely make again.

  6. These cookies are absolutely delicious and so easy to pull together. I didn’t expect my kid to like them but he loved them!!

  7. Sarah Jayasekera

    My kid’s absolutely love this recipe!! And I feel so good making it with them as they are filled with goodness too. Just finished making a batch of these with my son during school break, it’s a great way for him to learn about fractions too.

  8. Can I double the recipe?

  9. Keen to try these. Do you need to squeeze the water out of the zucchini first? Or just chuck it straight in? Thanks!

  10. Laura Burnett

    Made these today! Kids and husband really enjoyed! My 4 yo had a major melt down as he wanted three of them! 😂😂🙈
    Great success!

    • Bernadette

      Ah I am so glad they were much loved – thank you for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it. Bernadette x

  11. Super recipe! Made a double batch for the first time making it and it went down a hit with the whole family! Can’t wait to make more! Nom nom nom!
    (As for my two year old that is refusing veggies, she had no idea and scoffed two straight away!)

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