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Chocolate Zucchini Loaf Recipe

Adriene Lujbli stirs grated zucchini into this no-fuss loaf. "I fix it whenever my family wants something chocolaty," notes the Gilboa, New York baker. "Try it in your bread machine if it has a quick bread setting," she says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup grated unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • 2. Spoon into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 180 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.