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Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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ajw1973
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."

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smmessi
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."

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kushnarenko
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..."

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san1
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"

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AmyLaird
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2015

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

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skoenck
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."

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BacktotheBasics
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 ;)"

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bjmaga
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."

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Sunshinebakerpa
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."

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JackieK555
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Delicious!"

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patunia123
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Absolutely delicious!!!"

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kimbers867
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Very yummy!! I did add chocolate chips and made them into muffins."

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purplepentacle
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I don't know how many times you can say this is delicious, but it deserves at least one more! A really good recipe. Bread was perfect, great taste, great texture. yum."

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Worshipguy
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"My first attempt at baking bread was a hit with this recipe! Everyone loved it!"

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DebVargo
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"My first time baking bread from scratch, it was delicious and amazingly easy to make!!! I didn't have a loaf pan so I used a baking dish and baked for 40 minutes at 350. My family loved it and now I have requests from friends to bake it for their families!!!"

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Kathz
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"Absolutely Delicious!! My husband loved it and I took a loaf to work and shared it and they thought it was delicious as well."

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karrmom
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Absolutely delicious!"

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Debra Torres
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"De-lish! I've had a hard time finding just the right Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe. And, I think I've got it. I can't believe my son ate it and liked it!"

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margazoo
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"I made 11 mini loaves from this recipe, and baked them for 35 minutes. They are absolutely perfect!!"

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AngieMB32
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"My husband and two daughters love this recipe! And it's super moist."

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kitchenmaid
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"I made this bread today. Wow ! Very tasty. Will make again. The changes I made were to add walnuts and some mini chocolate chips..... We are enjoying this very much."

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rachellestratton
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I made this with 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of sugar. I also made the bread gluten free by switching coconut blend flour and xanthan gum for the regular flour."

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MelissaBakesCupcakes
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"The best zucchini bread I've EVER had! I substituted 1/2 the oil with unsweetened applesauce, replaced 1/2 cup of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup, and added 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. I only have 1 loaf pan so I used a muffin tin for the remaining batter (the muffins took approx 20 minutes to bake). The results were so moist, rich and delicious--decadent just like cake! I will make this again & again."

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KDurnford
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Very good our whole family liked it"

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Hot Dodge
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I've made zucchini bread a couple different ways before, and this is the BEST!!! I'm hooked."

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Leesa287
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"I can't even come up with a word to describe just how awesome this was. Even my 5 yr old Grandson ate it up and was begging for more."

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PhillyWill
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"We made this all summer years ago from the original recipe and were very happy to find it online yesterday. Still the best!"

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dsmiff
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"I used this recipe for the first time and Oh my goodness the people in my house went crazy over it....Thank you for sharing , will use it again."

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Bluestocking
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"I love this more than any chocolate cake I've ever eaten. I usually halve the recipe and make one loaf using two eggs. It wouldn't be safe for me to have two loaves of this in the house at one time."

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jllove
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"MMMM!!! Made it with 1 3/4 cups sugar and 1/3 cup canola oil 2/3 cup applesauce. Wonderful! I put wax paper in bottom of bread pan and spray sides with Bakers Joy; comes out of pan every time!"

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tkdgal
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"I used olive oil--very good as is-but, may add chocolate chips next time--thanks!!"

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LauraPie
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"I just sliced one loaf and half of it is already gone! Great recipe!"

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kcoffman
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"Excellent recipe, started making it last Summer when trying to use up extra zucchini. I always make it into 2 smaller loaf pans so I can freeze one for later.

I also just put my zucchini in the food processor and puree it, easier then shredding."

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Russcavr
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"This is THE best zucchini bread recipe. Found it when it first published in '94, and been baking it on a regular basis ever since!"

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susancornell
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"This recipe sounds very good but I am hesitant to use that much oil in my baking. How much applesauce should I substitute for the oil?"

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chogg
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"I love this chocolate zucchini bread. I always use 1/2 cup less sugar though because I add 1 cup of chocolate chips, yummy!"

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thin4life
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"I added a bag of mini chocolate chips and it was excellent. I will definitely make again!"

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elaineg777
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"This bread is moist with a nice crunchy crust. I'll be adding this to my holiday baking list."

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Gracia'sMommy
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"Just made this today with my 2 year old! It was so yummy!! I plan on making it a lot more!"

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cartert7
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"Very simple to make and very good. I had extra zucchini and wanted to try something new and I tried this and it was a hit at home and work!"

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lisaskov
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Easy and fast. Great taste. Made first batch - tried it - made 2nd batch! Will try with applesauce instead of oil next time. Froze extra shredded zucchini in 2 cup portions for future batches."

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foodiva
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"The yum factor is through the roof!"

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ewthemom
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I used applesauce instead of canola oil, 1/2 less sugar and also added minature chocolate chips and some pecans. It tastes so moist and delicious plus my kids love it."

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jenilovesdaisies
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"My family loves this bread! I always lighten it up by using unsweetened applesauce in place of most of the oil, less sugar (1-1/2 cups) and using only 1 cup of all-purpose flour with the rest whole wheat. It's also wonderful with nuts!"

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ljbenton
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"Wonderful! So moist! Taste like chocolate cake. My family asks for this often."

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sue baker
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"This bread is really great. It was a big hit with my husband. We especially liked the hint of cinnamon in the chocolate, just a bit of a twist on what yo were expecting. I substituted applesauce for the oil and it worked just fine."

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perchgal
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

"I chopped up a 4 oz. Ghiaradelli baking chocolate bar. (Semi-sweet). Very good."

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zucchini lady
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2008

"I make this recipe by add 1/2 cup miniture chocolate chips - always a big hit!"

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