Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Do you have a green thumb? I definitely don’t, not for house plants anyway, I tend to kill most plants within a week. Nevertheless, last year we put in a raised vegetable garden at the side of our house and we had some success. It was a lot of fun growing our own food and a great learning experience for the boys so I was eager to plant again this spring. This year we decided to try out some zucchini and boy did we grow some nice big ones! We harvested 3 biggies late this summer and another in late September, there’s even still a baby in there trying to grow. 

Haha, this picture makes me laugh every time, I guess sharks like zucchini too! Chomp!

So now what to do with all this zucchini!? I shredded it up, separated it into 1, 2 and 3 cup bags and put most of it in the freezer to enjoy throughout the year, but I was really excited to try out some new recipes with our home grown veggie! We have a bit of a chocolate addiction over here, so I went for a nice chocolately zucchini loaf, but secretly made it using healthier ingredients like yogurt and coconut oil. 

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread - Mom vs the BoysChocolate Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 large eggs

¼ cup coconut oil 

¼ cup plain or vanilla yogurt 

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups shredded zucchini

Optional: Extra chocolate chips for topping

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with coconut oil or spray with nonstick spray and set aside.

Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate small bowl whisk together eggs, oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-stir.

Add the shredded zucchini  and fold into the mixture until well-blended. If using thawed zucchini that was frozen, be sure to drain the zucchini and pat with a paper towel so zucchini is still moist but not dripping.

Pour the mixture into the greased loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Place in the oven and bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf.

Remove the pan from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. When it is cool enough to handle, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread- Mom vs the Boys

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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Serves: 10
 
Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
  • Optional: Extra chocolate chips for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil or spray with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a separate small bowl whisk together eggs, oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-stir.
  6. Add the shredded zucchini and fold into the mixture until well-blended. If using thawed zucchini that was frozen, be sure to drain the zucchini and pat with a paper towel so zucchini is still moist but not dripping.
  7. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. When it is cool enough to handle, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread - Mom vs the BoysThe Chocolate Zucchini Bread was a big hit with the family. We made a double batch and sent the second loaf to the boys’ grandparents but you could easily freeze a second loaf if you wanted to double up as well. The bread is best served warm with a side of nice cold milk, but it’s also nut free and perfect for tucking into school lunches.

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread - Mom vs the BoysIf you love chocolate and zucchini you’ll also want to check out these  Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins!

zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Comments

  1. We had a good crop of zucchini this summer and this bread sounds like it would be a delicious way to use some of it up!

  2. Harvinderks says:

    Looks divine. I love both zucchini and chocolate. I’m sure my kids will like this. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks.
    p.s. The shark eating the zucchini is so cute.

  3. Treen Goodwin says:

    Looks and sounds scrumptious , i love zucchini bread , thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I’d love to try the muffins.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I love your zucchini bread ideas!

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