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Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable and we love to add it to all sorts of recipes. These are some of our favorites way to prepare zucchini to share with the kids—including cookies, smoothies, muffins, pancakes, and more!
I am not quite sure what happened, but our latest garden has had a zucchini explosion. Which is only a problem if you don’t know what to do with it! To help—and also because zucchini can be a great veggie for kids since it’s so versatile—I have all of my best zucchini recipes in one place for you.
But first, some tips.
Tips for Choosing Zucchini
There’s really nothing too specific about choosing a zucchini, though generally speaking, smaller ones may have more flavor and smaller seeds. Look for ones without brown spots and try all sorts of varieties–traditional ones and also the varieties similar to the one shown here that has a more variegated coloring.
Also: Yellow summer squash is pretty interchangeable with zucchini in recipes.
How to Grate Zucchini
To grate zucchini for a recipe, you’ll want to:
Wash and dry it.
Trim off the ends.
Grate it on a box grater.
Typically, you’ll want to squeeze out the liquid with your hands until the grated zucchini is as dry as possible. (Sometimes, you may want to dry it farther by rolling it up in a clean towel.)
TIP: You can freeze grated zucchini for future use. Once you squeeze it dry, place it in 1 cup portions (or in the amount you plan to use in the future—1 cup is fairly standard for baking) into a small freezer bag. Press flat, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to one year.
Sweet Zucchini Recipes
Below are some of our go-to sweet recipes to make with zucchini. You’ll find cookies, muffins, pancakes, and more to try with your kids.
Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips
These healthy little soft-baked cookies are a yummy treat or snack to share. Rolling the shredded zucchini in a towel helps ensure that the excess moisture is absorbed—and doesn’t wind up in the batter.
These fluffy pancakes are a yummy way to serve vegetables for breakfast and use up zucchini should you find yourself with extra. These can be served plain or with a side of yogurt or applesauce to babies and younger eaters, or with maple syrup—they are very versatile!
Zucchini in all forms is my motto—and it’s so yummy roasted, added to burgers and egg cups, and incorporated into fritters.
Here are our favorite savory zucchini recipes.
Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
Transform basic ingredients—including a pile of zucchini—into this protein-packed Zucchini Slice to share with the kids. It's an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is easy to make ahead. (See the Notes for options to up the flavor as desired.)
This recipe makes enough for two meals. You can cut it in half if desired, but I like to make the larger batch and keep half in the freezer for a future meal—it's the same amount of cooking effort, so why not!