Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a quick bread chock full of grated zucchini, cocoa, mini chocolate chips and sour cream. As a vegetable, zucchini is probably most often served in savory dishes but Chocolate Zucchini Bread fits into the “sweet” category, in fact it’s almost cakelike! What a way to eat your vegetables!

Versatile Zucchini

Zucchini is a summer squash that can grow very large in size. In fact, the longest zucchini (thus far) was grown in Canada in August 2014 and measured a full 8 feet 3 inches long! WOW! We’ve had some large zucchini in our backyard garden but nothing approaching 8 feet long!

Zucchini is called zucchini is the United States, Australia and Germany. In France, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand zucchini is called courgette. Zucchini had its origin in the Americans but many varieties of squash typically called zucchini were developed in Italy, after being introduced from the Americas.

Zucchini is easy to cultivate in temperate climates and has a reputation among home gardeners for overwhelming production. I can personally attest to that as zucchini seems to produce such abundance that you have to give some away to stay ahead of it! Fortunately squash and zucchini freeze well for future use. (See my post on How to Freeze Squash by clicking here.)

Many cultures like, use and prepare zucchini in different ways. Pancakes, quick breads, cookies, soups and stews may contain zucchini. Zucchini can be stuffed and baked. Zucchini may be battered and fried. Some cultures even eat the flowers from squash and zucchini by dipping them first in a light batter and then frying them.

Recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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A quick bread made with cocoa, grated zucchini and mini chocolate chips! Great with a smear of cream cheese or just plain!
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  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup sour cream
  12. 3 cups grated zucchini
  13. 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two loaf pans (8" or 9") with cooking spray or butter and flour each pan and set aside.
  2. Mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Measure flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer bowl, combine oil, sugars, and eggs and mix until slightly fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined.
  6. Add the grated zucchini and mix until combined.
  7. Toss the mini chocolate chips into the flour mixture, then add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl and mix until just combined.
  8. Divide the batter between two pans, and sprinkle topping over each.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Cool pans on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove from pans.
  1. Chocolate Zucchini Bread is delicious warm or cold. Try it with a little cream cheese!

Silver Foodie Recipes Featuring Zucchini

There seems to be an infinite number of ways to prepare zucchini which is great since they produce so prolifically! I even have a separate folder in my file cabinet for zucchini because I have so many zucchini recipes that I’ve pulled out of magazines or printed off the computer. Last summer I posted several zucchini or squash recipes that you might like to see – they’re listed below. (There seems to be a problem linking these recipes so if the link doesn’t work please go to Recipes and look up the recipe you’d like to see.)

Zucchini Pilaf Casserole

Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini Tomato Parmesan

Tomato Squash Feta Gratin

5-A-Day Squash Casserole

Three Sisters Vegetable Soup

Potato Zucchini Soup with Crispy Chickpeas

Chunky Vegetable Chili

Tasty Tip: Make quick work of shredding zucchini by doing it in a food processor using the metal blade!

Prepare some summer squash or zucchini soon to delight your family and friends!

What is your favorite zucchini recipe?

Remember to Savor the Flavor of summer’s fresh produce!


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Chocolate Zucchini Bread — 43 Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I love chocolate and zucchini together ?

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  2. This chocolate zucchini bread sounds absolutely delicious! Pinning and stumbling for later!

  3. Hi Ilka, Thanks for your comments and visit! This “bread” is almost a cake! Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  4. Hi Edye, Thanks for your comments and visit! This really could be called Chocolate Zucchini Cake! Blessings, Janet

  5. This looks great! I love zucchini bread, and the addition of chocolate makes it sound even better! Found this on Over the Moon! ?

  6. Looks wonderful. makes me wish you delivered! Thanks so much for joining us at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party too, I hope it brings you some new friends to view your lovely blog!

  7. Hi Martie, Thanks for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Christine, Thanks for your kind comments! I appreciate your hard work in hosting Dishing It and Digging It! Hope you have a chance to make Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Blessings, Janet

  9. Yum! This looks delicious! I love zucchini bread! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories Sunday Linkup!

  10. Hi Danita, Thanks for the nice comments & I hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for hosting #SmallVictories! Blessings, Janet

  11. I haven’t had this bread in awhile! Thanks for the recipe.Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  12. My husband might even eat his veggies if I gave him this!! Great recipe Janet! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  13. Hi Helen, Thanks for the nice comments – I think your husband would like this – it’s about one degree away from being cake! Blessings, Janet

  14. I don’t think I have tasted a zucchini bread that I didn’t like – so many varieties.

  15. I know I’m going to have zucchini coming out of my ears in a month or so. This recipe will be great!

  16. Hi Meg, This will be great to make when the zucchini starting getting ahead! They wore me out last year! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  17. Hi Bev, I hope you like this one – the chocolate makes it more like cake than bread! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  18. Thanks for sharing your chocolate zucchini bread recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. It looks tasty! Pinned and tweeted.

  19. I’d really love to try this – sounds great! Pinned for later ?

  20. Hi Beverly, Thanks for pinning & tweeting this recipe! Thanks also for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  21. Hi Samantha, Thanks for your kind comments and for pinning this recipe! Hope you enjoy it soon! Blessings, Janet

  22. Your Chocolate Zucchini Bread looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  23. I make regular zucchini bread without the chocolate. This is a nice twist on the traditional way of making it. Looks and sounds delicious.

  24. Hi Michelle, Anything’s better with chocolate! Thanks for hosting Party at my Place! Happy 4th! Blessings, Janet

  25. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting Full Plate Thursday! Have a Happy Fourth of July! Blessings, Janet

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  27. I know a lot of people will be needing this recipe very, very soon! Looks delish and Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday!


  28. Hi Mollie, We didn’t even grow zucchini this year because last year I was just overwhelmed with it! LOL! It does make some good bread, as well as a thousand other ways it can be used! Blessings, Janet

  29. What a great addition! I love zucchini bread, I bet this is great! Thanks for sharing at You Link It, We Make It – hope to see you back tomorrow to party!

  30. Picked my first zucchini today. ? I love zucchini bread, but have never tried chocolate. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. Yum – that sounds great. Pinning to try! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  32. Hi April, Thanks for your comments about the zucchini bread, which could almost be a cake! Thank you for hosting You Link It, We Make It! See you at the party! Blessings, Janet

  33. Hi Jann, I hope you will try the chocolate zucchini bread, which is almost a cake! Thank you for hosting SYC! Blessings, Janet

  34. Hi Jamie, Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Thanks for hosting #HomeMattersParty! Blessings, Janet

  35. I guess with his recipe you would not know if it was a vegetable dish or a dessert. Yum! Pinning and sharing.

  36. Hi Mary, Thanks for pinning and sharing this recipe! It’s actually cake-like so I guess it would have to be a dessert, like “carrot” cake. Blessings, Janet

  37. Loving how you used cocoa and chocolate chips! Sounds like a wonderful way to use up some zucchini. ? Fortunately, I just got some in my CSA box!

  38. Hi CJ, I think you’ll really like this recipe – it’s almost like cake! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for hosting Inspire Me Monday! Blessings, Janet

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