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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2021)
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Are you ready for a sweet treat with hidden veggies! This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a fluffy, chocolatey dessert bread that gets a healthy dose of veggies by adding shredded zucchini! This bread turns out so moist and delicious that the kids won’t even know they are eating some vegetables, too!

Recipe and photography by Estela of Weekly Bite.

Nutrition Tip: Potassium plays a crucial role in triggering every single heartbeat. With more potassium than a banana, zucchini can sufficiently provide the heart with this essential mineral.

I love incorporating fruits and vegetables when baking and this Chocolate Zucchini Bread is just perfect for when you are craving some chocolate. Knowing that you are baking with fresh shredded zucchini can help you feel better about eating it and feeding it to your family! A combination of chocolate and zucchini in a moist sweet bread turned out to be a win-win recipe!

For another great recipe that incorporates zucchini, make sure to check out these Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins!

A Basket of fresh zucchini

Key Ingredients for this Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Whole Wheat Flour– Baking with whole wheat flour helps retain many of the nutrients and valuable fiber from the whole grain adding another feel good benefit to this sweet bread.

Zucchini– Fresh zucchini is loaded with fiber and many vitamins that can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and can even help strengthen teeth and bones!

Applesauce– Baking with applesauce? Yes, applesauce provides a lot of moisture and helps cut out some of the fats from oils.

For more information on Health Benefits of Zucchini, check out our Produce Tips: Zucchini Post!

cocoa powder for chocolate zucchini bread

How to make this Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Scratch

Step 1: First wash and shred your zucchini.

2: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients.

3: Then in a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients and beat until well combined.

4: Next combine the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.

5: Fold in the shredded zucchini and pour into a greased loaf pan.

6: Bake for about 40-45 minutes.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make this zucchini bread with regular flour?

Yes, of course just substitute the whole wheat flour with white flour. If using other types of flours, follow the recommended substitutions from the package.

Can I freeze this chocolate zucchini bread?

Yes, zucchini bread actually freezes wonderfully! If you feel up to it, double the recipe and bake according to the recipe. Once completely cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe plastic bag and freeze. Then when you are ready to serve just pull it out of the freezer and let thaw on the counter when you are ready to enjoy it!

Can you taste the Zucchini in the bread?

No! Baking and cooking with zucchini is a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients to your family’s favorite meals. Since zucchini is full of moisture but very mild in flavor, it is a great vegetable to bake with!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

A sweet treat with hidden veggies! This fluffy, chocolatey dessert bread gets a healthy dose of veggies by adding zucchini (kids won’t even know!). After grating the zucchini, place in a strainer over a bowl to catch excess moisture while you work on preparing the recipe.

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 small zucchini, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. In separate bowl, beat sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Fold in zucchini. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Place pan on middle oven rack and bake 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing from pan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 sliced
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

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