This easy, gluten-free, refined sugar-free summer squash chocolate sheet cake is a great way to use up all that squash your summer garden has been producing!
Chocolate on the brain…
There are many ways to use up all that summer squash you’ve been seeing at the store. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a productive garden, use up all that homegrown goodness! Of course I love my zucchini as zoodles, but sometimes you just need a healthy dose of chocolate, ya know?
The other night I was sitting on the couch with my hubby, lazily watching Britain’s Got Talent (yeah… it was his idea), when all of a sudden I absolutely needed a chocolate zucchini cake. Absolutely. Needed. Nothing else would do.
So into the kitchen I went. Into the fridge, rummaging around in the produce drawers. Sadly, all I had on hand were 3 tiny zucchini, not enough for a sheet cake. (Now don’t judge, I could’ve just made an 8×8 cake, I know.) Happily, though, I had quite a few courgettes and crookneck squash. I’m not too picky when it comes to squash, so I grated up those summer squash and saved my zucchini for zoodles.
The perfect blend.
I based my recipe for this summer squash chocolate sheet cake off a blending of these to delicious recipes: my Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake, and this crazy good-lookin’ Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Though I do like to make recipes egg-free and dairy-free, too, this cake is not (but the frosting is!). You can make it both, though, by using flax eggs, mixing a dairy-free milk (like coconut milk) with apple cider vinegar, and using dairy-free chocolate chips.
More chocolate goodness…
If you’re on the lookout for more zucchini goodness, there are a few other recipes I n the mood for some chocolate deliciousness, but don’t have any summer squash on hand? Here are a few of my go-to zucchini recipes you might enjoy:
- Summer Squash Zoodles with Chicken Sausage Alfredo
- Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake
- Scalloped Zucchini & Crookneck Squash
- Carob Zucchini Milkshake
- Chocolate Berries & Greens Smoothie Bowl
- Italian Wedding Soup in the Instant Pot
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Summer Squash Chocolate Sheet Cake
Free of gluten and refined sugar, with egg/dairy-free options.
- 3 cups shredded summer squash (zucchini, courgette, or crookneck)
- 2 eggs (fresh or flax eggs)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (I use my homemade extract)
- 1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice)
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Grease 9×13 inch pan and preheat the oven to 350.
Grate squash into large bowl and add in liquid ingredients.
Dump dry ingredients on top of wet ones and quickly mix in until no dry streaks remain.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Easy Chocolate Frosting
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
Pin this Summer Squash Chocolate Sheet Cake for later!
In the mood for some chocolate deliciousness, but don’t have any summer squash on hand? Here are a few of my go-to chocolate recipes you might enjoy:
- Dark Chocolate Triple Berry Muffins
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding
- Dark Chocolate Marshmallows
- Frozen Hot Chocolate