Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 

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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Ingredients
  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
Topping
  1. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  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.
Notes
  1. Chocolate Zucchini Bread is delicious warm or cold. Try it with a little cream cheese!
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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!

Janet

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