Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Moist double chocolate zucchini bread with chocolate chips. You won't even know there is zucchini in this decadent chocolate bread!
Let's make a pact to keep a secret? The kids will never know there is zucchini in this bread. As far as they know, this is double chocolate bread or dark chocolate chocolate chip bread. I mean what they don't know can't hurt them so let's bring on the zucchini...and hide it!
This is the time of year when zucchini is growing like crazy. My Mom talked about the years she had a huge garden in our Scottsdale home. She would try so hard to get certain fruits and vegetables to grow but there was one "steady Eddie" in the bunch -- the zucchini. It would grow so big and so fast that she had zucchini coming out of her ears!
She would get out her cookbooks, thumb through and find every single zucchini recipe known to man, and make it. This is where the sneaking in the veggies came from. She was the master at it! We had no idea what she had up her sleeve.
How to make moist chocolate zucchini bread:
This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the epitome of a decadent baked good that actually has some health benefits! Who knew? The zucchini not only brings a healthy factor, but it also helps to make it moist. Now that is a vegetable which deserves some accolades! They key is to FINELY shred the zucchini. When I use my box grater, I use the fine grater option. The zucchini magically disappears when it is baked.
This double chocolate bread is so moist because it has a combination of both butter and oil. It is the perfect marriage as the butter brings the rich flavor and the oil creates a moist texture.
This chocolate bread recipe calls for a mix of both brown sugar and sugar. They both sweeten the bread but the addition of the molasses in the brown sugar creates a chewy texture.
The chocolate chips are a must in this chocolate zucchini bread recipe! It is what brings the extra dual layer chocolate flavor which makes it so rich and decadent. By folding the majority of the chocolate chips into the batter and then sprinkling the top of the bread with the remaining chocolate chips, you get creamy chocolate in every bite! I usually reach for semi-sweet chocolate chips but if you want a sweeter bread, use milk chocolate chips.
To ensure the double chocolate zucchini bread is fully cooked in the center, insert a toothpick in the center to check for doneness. Since oven temperatures can vary, I would suggest checking the bread at the minimum time listed (40 minutes), and put a toothpick in to check for doneness.
So here's to sneaking veggies into a decadent chocolate bread without our kids even noticing! This bread can be served with some sweet cream butter or even a spread of Nutella, chocolate hazelnut spread. Now, we are talking!
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Bake up a loaf of this chocolate zucchini bread and share with a neighbor or friend! They will LOVE it!
I loved this bread! It was delicious. My family could not believe there was a whole zucchini baked in it. I took a piece a foil slightly bigger than my loaf pan. I cut a rectangle in the middle so that the middle could bake and the edges on my too baked. It worked!
I can’t get the sugar to complexity dissolve. Any tips? It’s still grainy even when I add the eggs. The sugars and oil and butter got stuck in my whisk and there was no way it was going to dissolve without adding more liquids.
Hi....wonderful recipe for the double chocolate zucchini bread....are you able to tell me the breakdown on calories, carbs, sugars per slice, serving, or whole loaf? Please let me know if you have time...
This chocolate zucchini bread is the best I have ever had. I made one for the office as well. This bread was the talk of the office. So thank you Modern Honey. Everyone got the recipe!
Just had a slice, still warm from the oven. So good! Will be making this again.
Great recipe, I have made bread and muffins and both are wonderful and I don’t finely shred the zucchini and it still disappears! Thanks for the recipe
Absolutely delicious!!! My only issue was that I used an 8x4 pan and the batter dripped out over the pan like crazy! But it still tasted amazing!! 🙂
I've made this a few times and everyone who tries it absolutely loves it, especially my five year old daughter. It's better than a classic chocolate cake recipe because it's more moist (because of the zucchini). It's definitely one of my favorites!
This was delicious. Your recipes are always so good. My kids ate this up. Do you have a regular zucchini bread recipe? Or can this be made without the cocoa powder, for a plain chocolate chip zucchini bread? Looking at ways to make something slightly healthier, but still delicious.
Could I make this without using zucchini. I know then it wouldn’t be called zucchini bread. ????
Really delicious. Made this twice in a week. This recipe is a keeper.
Modified the recipe slightly with stevia. Used coconut oil. No added salt because I used salted butter. This was delicious!
Hello, this is delicious! How should I adjust the cook time if I’m making this into muffins?
Hi. I just made this as muffins. Delicious! Cooked about 20 min at 350. I got 18 regular size muffins filling the cups 3/4 full. I did not change anything except to sprinkle walnuts on some of them. Oh and I used regular size grater with no issue.
Made this afternoon didn't dome knife came out clean. Too warm to taste yet smells good. Can't figure out what went wrong . Might try again
I made this bread today and my family went crazy over it I used gluten free flour and no one knew the differenceI will definitely be making this again and again!
I made this bread today and it was a huge hit with my kids! You’re right, you cannot tell there is zucchini in it. I made it using gluten free flour and it was just delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. I love your blog!
I’ve been following your weekly emails but this is the first recipe I tried. It’s really delicious and easy. I made three mini loaves to give friends and had enough left over to fill one muffins cup for myself. I couldn’t wait for it to cool so eating it reminded me of a chocolate molten cake. So moist and flavorful. I was tempted to add a tablespoon of instant coffee to the batter but decided to follow the recipe exactly. Mine didn’t dome in the center but that didn’t affect the taste. I look forward to making more of your recipes.
I'm using zucchini left and right, in almost everything I make (at this time of year), and I love it! I'd like to make cupcakes with this batter. Are there any changes to the recipe you would suggest? 🙂
Help! I've made the chocolate zucchini bread twice, and both times, when I take it out of the oven (after checking doneness with a toothpick) the middle falls...any ideas of what I'm doing wrong?
I have the same issue, hoping the author responds!
Half way through the 55 minute time, I put foil over my loaf.
When time was up, I turned off the heat and let it sit with the foil on, in the oven
for an extra 15 minutes.
I think the baking powder to baking soda ratio is wrong. It’s should be 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder. Baking soda is 4 times stronger than baking powder. So this ratio makes more sense.
I made this with some tweaks (subbed 2 Tbsp flaxseed + 6 Tbsp water for the eggs and coconut oil for the butter to be egg/dairy free) and it was decadent. Super, super rich and dessert-worthy. I will totally make this again, but I think I might reduce the amount of chocolate chips to be slightly less rich. I hard a harder time getting firm slices, which I think was due to the amount of chocolate chips rather than my subs, but I can't say for sure. I think I might have to make another loaf soon just to verify. 😉
One note: you truly (like, honest-to-goodness) cannot tell there is any zucchini in here. I used dutch process cocoa (so a darker chocolate which I'm guessing you also used) and finely shredded my zucchini, but it literally disappeared. So if you're trying to trick your kids, it wouldn't be hard. Thanks, Melissa - my family is loving this treat!
I love the way your brain works! You and I are so much alike because we both love to experiment and play with recipes. I always look forward to hearing what your feedback because you are such a great cook! You are so right about the zucchini...we couldn't find any evidence of it in any of our loaves. We tried and tried but it completely disappeared. The chocolate chips do add so much richness to it and I may tweak the recipe to allow for an option. Such awesome feedback, as always. Thank you, Alicia!
Yum! This is making my mouth water! I love tried and true quick breads! Have a great weekend!
Thank you! Quick and easy is what I am all about too! You won't even be able to tell there is zucchini in it! So good.
I love this recipe
What in the nutritional information?