Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

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I shred and freeze zucchini from my garden each summer so that I can make this bread all winter long. Our family loves this chocolaty treat.—Shari Mckinney, Birney, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded peeled zucchini

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 209 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in zucchini. Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Bread in Taste of Home August/September 1994, p14

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ajw1973 User ID: 8623886 237593
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I baked the first loaf for 50minutes, it was dry. The second loaf I baked for 45 minutes it was much better...the next time I try this I will cut down the baking time to 40 minutes."

smmessi User ID: 4389085 231974
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"Added 1.5c mini choc chips. Thought it would not turn out because it was so thick...not so. My kids (age 3 to 18) devoured it. I made one loaf and 4 large muffins."

kushnarenko User ID: 2661423 231336
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"the worst...could not find my original recipe and decided to use this with all the good reviews ( i was skeptical with the 1/2 c of cocoa) ...thankfully after i tossed the 2 loaves i found my recipe..."

san1 User ID: 6268850 231179
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"This bread is absolutely delicious - just the right amount of chocolate with the cinnamon to accent. My family loves it. My husband isn't a big chocolate fan, but he keeps going back for more. I made this with gluten free flour so my daughter could enjoy it as well. It's very moist - my friend gave me some zucchini and I remembered saving this recipe, glad I did. Thank you"

AmyLaird User ID: 8171276 230865
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2015

"This is great! It's a keeper!"

skoenck User ID: 8473462 230745
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"The chocolate Zucchini bread is my favorite! My kids love making it they love eatting it too! It is a great thing for the whole family to eat."

BacktotheBasics User ID: 8409841 227719
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"My first year growing zucchini in my back yard, and I knew I was going to need some awesome recipes. Tried this one, followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing! I made muffins to send to my husbands shop and froze like 6 more loaves for when the kids want something sweet, a friend needs a pick me up, or I've got a sweet tooth ;)"

bjmaga User ID: 8281184 222150
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"This bread was horrible - it turned out more like a cake consistency and took at least 2 hours to bake. It was dry. I followed the recipe exactly but the batter was very thick. I will not make it again. Ended up throwing it all away - what a waste of time, money and food!!!! Very disappointed!! I have made tons of bread before and never once had this happen."

Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 218135
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"We found it just ok. I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cup and added 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used 1/2 cup of canola oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce."

JackieK555 User ID: 8028485 199761
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014


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