Got a Colossal Zucchini That Overgrew in Your Garden? Try These Easy Recipes

Huge Zucchini


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Huge Zucchini

Gad Zukes!

Even the greenest green thumbs have overlooked a ready-to-pick zucchini during harvest and come back the next day to find a Hulk-sized zuke glaring at them from beneath the large leaves. But before you decide there's no way to use such a gigantic veggie, check out these easy zucchini recipes. There's hope after all, we promise.

Scoop of Apple Crisp or Apple Crumble

Zucchini Crisp

If you're a fan of apple crisp, this recipe apparently tastes the same. You'll need to take all the seeds out of the zucchini (and the overgrown zukes are typically extraordinarily seedy), but with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, this stuff sounds scrumptious.

Recipe: Down Redbud Drive

Stack of blondies cookie bars
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Chewy Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies

Ooey gooey butterscotch blondies are a decadent, indulgent brownie-like treat with a brown, sugary, buttery flavor. The added zucchini in this recipe promises an even moister blondie and we definitely are not mad at that one bit.

Recipe: Creations by Kara

Muffins with zucchini, carrots, apple and cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

Apple cinnamon is a timeless flavor combination that bodes well for muffins. And because no one likes a dry muffin, the zucchini in this recipe promises the perfect amount of moisture for a truly tasty treat. It's also a cheap and easy breakfast to start the day right.

Recipe: Mile High Mitts

Coffe cup and brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Brownies should be fudgy, full of flavor, just a touch flaky on top, and plenty moist inside. Zucchini is the ideal ingredient to bring that moisture and add more texture. 

Recipe: I Am Baker

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Glazed lemon pound cake loaf with poppy seed and lemon zest

Lemon Zucchini Bread

With a punch of lemon zest, this cake-like bread uses fresh lemon juice and zest, shredded zucchini for moisture, and buttermilk. The powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze is the perfect topping for this flavorful loaf.

Recipe: Together as Family

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Carrot and courgette cake

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon, nutmeg, zucchini, walnuts, and other baking staples join forces to create this decadent cake, which is made all the richer with tangy and sweet cream cheese frosting.

Recipe: Small Town Woman

Chocolate Loaf Cake

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This cake-like bread definitely brings the sweet with cocoa powder and chocolate chips all in one loaf, but the shredded zucchini brings both balance and moisture to the mix.

Recipe: Let's Dish

Zucchini boats stuffed with minced meat and veggies

Mexican Zucchini Boats

While overgrown zucchini does lend itself perfectly to baked goods, it's also ideal for zucchini boats. Slice the zukes in half lengthwise and hollow out the middle. Fill 'em up with toppings and bake them for a delicious, low-carb dinner. 

Recipe: Cooktoria

Related: Delicious and Inexpensive Mexican Dishes

Protein rich Lasagna Vegan Italian food plant based recipe Medit

Zucchini Lasagna

Looking for a gluten-free lasagna option? Zucchini is the perfect pasta imposter in this dish. 

Recipe: Low Carb Nomad

Top view of healthy zucchini mini pizza.
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Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices

Next time you're faced with enormous zucchini, try cutting it into slices and grilling it, then dressing it up with pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings. You can also use pizza toppings in your zucchini boats for a similar vibe.

Recipe: Kalyn's Kitchen

baked parmesan zucchini crisps with cream sauce

Giant Zucchini Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan, who? If you've got a giant zuke, transform it into zucchini parmesan by coating it in breadcrumbs, air-frying, then topping it with a parm-mozzarella-ricotta mixture and tomato sauce before baking. 

Recipe: Skinny Taste


Zucchini Cheddar Cheese Herb Beer Bread

Not all zucchini breads have to be sweet. This loaf follows the savory route with a punch of flavor from cheddar cheese, chives, and zucchini.

Recipe: Serena Bakes

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Glazed donuts

Baked Zucchini Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Greek yogurt and zucchini work together to make these donuts extra-luscious. The maple syrup, vanilla, and glaze used atop these bad boys brings a nice sweet balance, too. 

Recipe: Satori Design for Living