Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Bet You Can’t Tell It’s Whole Grain)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

ChocolateZukeBread2When that green-speckled squash just keeps coming and coming each August, it’s time to bake up a loaf of chocolate zucchini bread. The original story is here, and I hope you check it out.

However, when I went to bake it yesterday and clicked on the link, the recipe was no longer there, oddly. (Glad I checked.) Rather, it linked to a number of URLs that reposted the original Joy of Baking recipe, which I couldn’t be sure was my own adaptation. Ergo today’s post—thank goodness for my old paper copy and notes—which I’m putting up here to make your life easier and mine as well next time I go to mix up my favorite quick bread.

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread


  • 1 1/2 cups shredded raw zucchini (keep the peels on, of course)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder (preferably high-quality dark)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or another vegetable oi)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease or spray a 9x5x3″ nonstick loaf pan. Mix together dry ingredients, making sure to remove the clumps from the cocoa. (Sift if desired.) Stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts to coat. Lightly whisk eggs, then beat in oil, sugars, and vanilla. Stir in zucchini. Mix wet ingredients into dry until just combined and scrape into prepared pan. Bake 55-65 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center is clean.

NoteL Don’t forget to preheat the oven, as I did yesterday. Fortunately, while the loaf stood waiting for 20 minutes as I fretted, it happily worked out just fine.

Absolutely delicious, this is a must-make moist and chocolaty treat when you just don’t know what to do with all that zucchini. I hope you love it as much as I do!


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