Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Rice, decadent double chocolate zucchini bread, made with gluten-free flour, and naturally sweetened. A healthier take on traditional recipes!
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Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables and this double chocolate zucchini bread is just in time for the season. It’s rich, decadent, super dense and super moist…and did I mention gluten-free and naturally sweetened?

Although I love zucchini and I make it very often, I tend to opt for savoury recipes rather than sweet. In fact, this is my first time making zucchini bread. I’m no stranger to adding veggies in baked goods, such as these Chewy Spinach Brownies. My inspiration for this recipe was simply a lone zucchini sitting at the bottom of the crisper in the fridge…and of course, some imagination!

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While I often substitute regular flour with a rice flour and oatmeal mix, I made use of a bag of gluten-free flour (also sitting in the pantry). The end result was heavenly!

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The zucchini adds a dense bite to the bread, and the addition of Greek yogurt adds even more moistness and balances all the sweetness.

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On a side note, this bread is on the denser side so don’t fret when you cut into it and it’s not as “cakey” as regular zucchini bread. We prefer it this way ;-)

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups Bob’s Mill gluten-free flour mix (or all-purpose flour)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted (butter or applesauce)
3/4 cup maple syrup or sweetener of choice 
*This bread is not super-sweet so if that’s what you prefer I would use regular sugar!
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 medium zucchini (about 1 cup), finely grated
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk eggs in a large bowl then add all the wet ingredients. Whisk until smooth and combined.

Sift in the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Pour the batter into a 9″ loaf pan, lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil (butter or cooking spray).

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Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove immediately from the oven and set aside to cool before cutting.

*TIP: Remove the bread when still somewhat moist (i.e., the toothpick should be dry but some batter should still stick to it) so as to maintain the moistness of the bread.

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Cut into desired portions and serve!

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Store in the fridge for 5-7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread written by Lisa Codina average rating 5/5 - 3 user ratings
  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    yum, it looks good. I love zucchini

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Me too…but I always prepare it in savoury dishes!

  • http://www.tamijardine.com/ Tami

    The first line in this post…Double Chocolate caught my attention. Anything chocolate…I’m all in. This sounds and looks delish. :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I know…I’m a chocolate lover as well. That’s why I started the post off like that, lol!

  • http://mommyonlyhas2hands.org/ Heather – MOHTH

    I’ve never head zucchini bread before, but this looks really good and I can see from it being half gone, it must taste good! : )

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I’ve only had it once or twice…I don’t know what possessed me to make it but it’s a great way to use up zucchini!

  • monica

    Lisa this looks so good! And *healthy* too, right?!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Of course it’s healthy!! ;-)))

  • Susie

    just taking it out of the oven now, cant wait to try it. My oldest just asked what are you cooking mom it smells yummy.” I wont dare mention it has zucchini in it :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Awesome!! I can’t wait to hear how it turned out!

  • Heather

    This looks awesome!! Do you think the recipe would work as cupcakes!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Definitely! I always start off with the batter and then decide afterwards if I want to make a loaf or cupcakes/muffins!

  • Mary Apolloni

    I made this yesterday. It was so easy to make and it tastes delicious! Alessandro was sleeping so I love recipes that do not require loud blenders/mixers :) Unfortunately my boys wouldn’t give it a try. Alessandro was convinced that I used bananas. Once I finally convinced him to try it he split his piece in half in search for chocolate chips and of course he found a sliver of zucchini!! lol Story of my life…now with picky eaters times two. Sal is just like his brother!! Oh well…more chocolate zucchini bread for me! lol

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I actually made this too while my kids were sleeping! I’m glad YOU liked it. Your our boys ARE super-picky…poor you! Next time you need to pulverize that zucchini, lol! Thanks so much for trying out the recipe…and for the feedback…I really appreciate it Mary ;-)

  • Alli Smith

    I’ve made zucchini bread several times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate zucchini bread and we all know that chocolate makes everything better. I would love to have a big slice for breakfast. Looking at your pictures made me hungry!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Exactly, chocolate does make everything better…also it’s a good way to disguise the zucchini, if needed ;-)

  • http://thetweenandme.com Paula @TheTweenAndMe

    OMG…. my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! I love zucchini bread, but never thought about adding chocolate. YUM!! Pinning!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Thanks for pinning and sharing! I haven’t actually made this in a while…and happen to have zucchini in the fridge right now. I think I’ll be making this myself!

  • http://www.spiffykerms.com Nancy

    My friend made something similar a few months ago to this. It was SO good.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I love traditional zucchini bread but figured chocolate would be a great addition!

  • http://www.myrabev.blogspot.co.uk/ Mia Myrabev

    This looks so delicious, I am yet to eat a Zucchini bread so I have no idea what it tastes like but if the pictures are any indication I am missing out.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      You’ll be surprised at how mild the flavours are….you might even miss the zucchini in there (depending on how much you put in there!).

  • April Mims

    I love zucchini bread! It really adds a nice moisture to baked goods and no one would ever know it had a vegetable in it.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Exactly…it adds great texture!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    oooooo this looks pretty yummy!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve had zucchini bread! Will have to pin this for later :)

  • Angela Christoper

    This one is my favorite its really yummy and tasty,.

  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    YUM! This looks like a fantastic recipe. Saving so I can use all my zucchini out of the garden on this recipe.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Depending on your garden, that might be a lot fo zucchini bread, lol!!

  • http://www.localadventurer.com/ esther julee

    i’ve seen so many people make zucchini bread lately. i’ve never tried it myself.. but i am curious! i feel like i need to try some before i try it in my own kitchen. :)

  • Jennifer Juro

    This looks delicious, but I am not sure I could bring myself to try this. I have a friend who swears by recipes like this but I still can’t try them.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      You sound like my husband, lol! He doesn’t understand why we North Americans put veggies in our baked goods!! If I make this, he will eat it, so I guess it’s possible for all misconceptions to go out the roof! You’d just have to try it for yourself and see ;-)

  • GlitteryGlossy

    I didnt know you could mix chocolate and zucchini. Hmmm

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Can’t you mix chocolate with anything??! ;-)

      • GlitteryGlossy

        I think it’s an unspoken rule, but yes :)

  • Mistee Dawn

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love zucchini bread. I actually make a chocolate zucchini roll for Christmas every year.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Ooh, I’ve never heard of a zucchini bread roll?? That sounds interesting!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    I love zucchini bread. I have never added chocolate. This looks delicious

  • Angie Kanellopoulos

    omg this looks amazing, i am a huge fan of zucchini so i will def have to try this!

  • http://www.imadethisdish.com/ IMADETHISDISH

    I’ve been looking for a good zucchini bread recipe for the longest time. Most zucchini bread recipes have tonnes of oil in it. You’ve solved my problem, Lisa! :D Do you think it would work baking them as individual muffins?

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Thanks! I definitely think it would work….the batter is actually quite dense (mostly due to the gluten-free flour) so separating the batter into muffins might actually result in a less dense bread. If you try it, let me know ;-)

  • Ricci

    Chocolate zucchini bread? This actually looks really good and I may have to try it! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Chocolate makes everything better, lol!

  • http://www.morethanloveblog.com/ Breanna ♥ More than Love

    Oh yum! We love zucchini bread here – it’s almost time to start planting them and enjoying them over the summer! Pinning this for later! :)

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I wish I could plant my own but I don’t have room for a garden!! Thanks for pinning and sharing!