The farmers market has been overflowing with zucchini lately. They have so much that they are quite literally giving it away! This weekend when I picked up some zucchini at the farmers market they threw in a few extra as I paid. The question was: What was I going to do with all of this unexpected extra zucchini? The first thing that came to mind was a zucchini bread which is always a nice and easy way to use some zucchini. This time however I wanted to try a chocolate version of the zucchini bread. I pretty much just took my standard zucchini bread recipe and added cocoa powder. I kept the walnuts in the bread and added some chocolate chips for even more chocolaty goodness. The chocolate zucchini bread was as easy to make as mixing the ingredients and baking and it turned out wonderfully. I could not resist slicing the bread and trying a piece before it had cooled down from the oven. The chocolate chips were still melted from baking and the bread was nice and light and moist and good! One of the things that I like most about making quick breads like this is that now I will have quick and easy breakfasts for the rest of the week.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini (grated, squeezed and drained)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Mix the zucchini, sugar, oil, yogurt and egg in a bowl.
- Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients.
- Mix in the nuts and chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a greased 5X9 inch loaf pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 50-70 minutes.
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Wow, I never thought that zucchini could be a bread ingredient! Great!
I swore to myself just yesterday that I would NOT let zucchini season go by without making some zucchini bread. We are definitely on the same page. I love the chocolate in this.
Hi Kevin – thanks SO much for stopping by and leaving a comment!
I love quick breads, too. I have a recipe that starts with a standard base, but then gets transformed every time depending on what final ingredients you use. The combinations are endless. One of my favorites is zucchini with walnuts. I've never made it with chocolate before. But I will now!
Your recipes and pictures are outstanding. I'll be back, for sure.
Divina Pe says
That looks really moist. Good reason to eat chocolate and zucchini at the same time.
Bellini Valli says
I do love chocolate zucchini bread Kevin. What first came to my mind is that if the farmers had have sold me some zucchini flowers they would not have needed to be practically be giving the zucchini away this time of year…wink.
You must've been reading my mind… i want to make a choc zucchini bread!!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
A beautiful bread! Nice combo!
Pilar - Lechuza says
My neighbor has just given me a couple of big zucchini and I didn't know what I was going to cook until I saw your fantastic bread. Thank you for such a good recipe.
Regards from Spain
The Apple Hill Adventurer says
i love sweet breads like this! it looks lovely!
That looks amazing!
Hmmm, this chocolate zucchini bread sounds really delicious Kevin!
This Zucchini bread looks moist with the chocolate chips inside, must be delicious 🙂
This sounds so good. I'm on a zucchini bread binge around here.
Mmmmm, looks great.
And it's a great way to sneak veggies into the kids. Also zucchini muffins. Shredded or chopped zucchini also is a good ingredient for chili. Also use surplus zucchini in baked parmesan. (I love eggplant parm, but my co-workers used to bring me in giant paper grocery bags of their zucchini crops, so I'd make zucchini parm and bring it in to the office. It went over pretty well.)
the southern hostess says
A slice of this sounds like the perfect afternoon snack.
The Duo Dishes says
Looks deep, dense and rich but light at the same time. Really perfect.
I've been trying zucchini bread recipes all summer, and I think this will have to be the next one. I love using yogurt for moisture in quick breads like this, and I haven't tried a chocolate zucchini bread yet.
this sounds SOO good!
This is the second choco zucchini bread I've seen today. Zucchinis have been pretty abundant this summer. I think I need to get on the ball with making myself some. yum!!!!
Your Killin me!!!This looks soooooooooooooooo good!Figtreeapps
The Bella Girls says
Wow! This bread looks so moist. I've never made zucchini bread; however, I love zucchini and I've always wanted to give it a try. I'll definately keep this recipe in the forefront of my mind. Thanks for sharing!
my old roommate made really good chocolate zucchini bread… not something i would have thought to try but I LOVE IT!
I may keel over with joy at the sight of this; what a fantastic looking bread. Definitely a recipe to try soon, thank you!
The Italian Dish says
I like that it contains whole wheat flour! I'm going to try this.
such a creative combination!!
When you add chocolate to something, I'm there! and it looks yummy as well as healthy!
This is great! I like how you incorporated healthy ingredients – WW flour, yogurt, walnuts, etc.
I'll definitely try this recipe. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
I love chocolate zucchini anything, although I only made something once with this combo. I love the look of your scrumptious bread and can really see this becoming a regular in our house. Delicious bread, great recipe! I'll bet that little bit of vanilla yogurt adds some super flavor! Love it!
That looks fantastic. I haven't eaten zucchini bread since I was a small child.
That's some combo..wow…looks delicious though
Mmm, your bread looks yummy! I can't wait to try it! Everyone has been giving me zucchini, I hate to turn it down!
I need to make this. It sounds delicious.
That picture shows the texture so well & zucchini makes a bread so soft. lovely kevin!
interesting combination. looks easy and yummy
Hmm, I'd like to say I love the sound of that but I'm just not sure. I do love zucchini though so it might be worth a try.
Just when I think I've seen it all – you mix chocolate with zucchini! Kevin you come up with some amazing ideas!
Waw,..your bread looks marvellous!!
It is good for you too,… MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…!!!!
Culinary Cory says
I completely agree. There is a ton of zucchini at the farmers markets here in Pittsburgh too. In fact, I bought a couple yesterday. I like the change with the cocoa. Plus, the yogurt makes it feel healthier.
Chocolate is great with this
Cookin' Canuck says
I'll bet the yogurt makes this bread so moist! It looks delicious.
Wow…you've got some generous farmers in your area 🙂 The bread looks delicious!
delicious kevin! this looks so moist.
Delicious and moist. I'm still to try this combo of chocolate and zucchini.
I've been seeing a lot of chocolate zucchini breads but your looks extra moist and yummy!
mmm what a great recipe! I never tried chocolate zucchini bread before!
I've had zucchini bread before and I loved it — but this chocolate version looks absolutely scrumptious!! In fact, all of your recipes sound delicious Kevin. So glad I found your blog 🙂
Proud Italian Cook says
I'm making your chocolate version tonight Kevin, I've been craving it!
I made this bread today and it is fantastic! I appreciated the recipe only containing a small amount of oil compared to other zucchini bread recipes. And still moist. Thanks for sharing
mine is in the oven as i write this – i had to make it immediately! the batter was delicious, so i know the finished product will be divine!
N. VanDervort says
This bread is amazing! I used all wheat flour and it was still very moist. As a mamma of a picky veggie eater, I try to sneak them in anytime I get the chance. Our whole family loved it.
just pulled this recipe out of the oven and put the first warm bite into my mouth. perfect. since I had an extra zucchini on hand I gave this a go. the only change I made was substituting white choc. chips for the walnuts. excellent.
Looks delish! I wonder if it would work in an 8X8 cake pan. I may have to try!
Wendy P says
I made this last night. It is so good! The cinnamon makes it complex and even more enjoyable. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder, so it is super rich! Yummy.
Big hit at the office today!
Madame Fromage says
I made this on Thursday and took it to a party, where people went nutty-nutty-cocoa-puffs over this. It has a great crusty top, and the inside is moist and cakey. The walnuts are brilliant — don't leave them out.
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My cake really turned out well! I loved the moist texture..i used 1 and 1/2 cups of self-raising wholemeal flour and omitted the baking powder instead..however the loaf was so crumbly the entire slice just fell apart as i cut into it…it didnt score in presentation! could you give me some tips on that??
the loaf turned out wonderful!!!I used 1 and 1/2 cups of self-raising wholemeal flour instead and omitted the baking powder..the cake was crumbly and it ended up falling to bits when i cut into it!!any tips as to why ?
diana: In general wholemeal flour results in denser and drier final products. For this reason, when replacing all purpose white flour with wholemeal I like to keep it to 50% or less. When using all wholemeal flour you can sift it a few times and slightly increase the amount of liquid in the recipe to counteract those affects.
Being Us says
I've just put this in the oven! SO excited to see how it'll taste… My husband doesn't like vegetables that much so I'm super curious to see if he figures out there is zuchinni in this! From HA
Melody Canterberry says
Oooh, my GOODNESS. I made this, along with your Cinnamon quick bread, for a hospitality table for our band directors. I would suggest adding one small item to the ingredient list – a GALLON JUG of milk for serving on the side. This is absolutely divine. I pulled more zucchini out of the freezer from my bumper crop this summer just so that I could make this again, along with your Zucchini Blueberry Bread. Thank you for the delicious recipe!