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Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Summer Zucchini Excess

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is one of the best things we associate with a bumper crop of zucchini. Chocolate and zucchini? Yes, it’s one of summer’s best-kept secrets. You can feed your family zucchini all summer long, as long as there’s chocolate involved.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Summer Zucchini Excess

Zucchini is one of those garden crops that, if it’s going to succeed at all, it’s probably going to go gangbusters. In fact, if you know anyone with a garden, you’re probably getting an offer of free zucchini right around now.


When you have zucchini, your first thought is probably about sauteeing it, tossing it in with pasta, or maybe making zucchini milk. But there’s something else that’s super-rewarding to do with zucchini. That is, of course,  turning it into a chocolate dessert.


When you grate zucchini and add it in to baked goods, you don’t usually see a lot of green. However, you do get an amazingly moist and rich texture. To showcase this point, we started adding zucchini just about anywhere we saw chocolate.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

A moist and delicious chocolate zucchini bread - You'll barely notice there's zucchini in there!

Course Breakfast or Snack, Snack or Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, chocolate chips, zucchini, zucchini bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 (scant) cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups freshly grated zucchini (about 2 to 3 small zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Beat together eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Gradually fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, being careful not to over-stir.

  3. Fold in the zucchini and the chocolate chips.

  4. Pour the batter into two small (or one large) greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

You just stir zucchini into the batter, and…

(See? There’s no visible zucchini.)

Here’s an even closer look:

No zucchini in here! (As far as they can see.)

Variations on a Theme

Do you want to change it up even more? Add raisins to the chocolate chip mixture, or combine chocolate and vanilla chips..

And if you make it, let us know – did anyone notice that there was zucchini in it?


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