Chocolaty Zucchini Bread Recipe

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You'd never guess zucchini is the "secret ingredient" in this easy-to-assemble bread - it has such big chocolate taste! Charlotte McDaniel, from Williamsville, Illinois, informs, "I freeze extra zucchini from my garden in summer and make this bread to give as gifts all winter long."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 174 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Whisk the eggs, oil, butter and extracts. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into three greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Bread in Country Woman January/February 1999, p41

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Nadey User ID: 7708953 25040
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"made this yesterday. very easy and delicious."

Bama14 User ID: 5947989 24852
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"Very rich chocolate flavor. easy to make. Delicious."

webesmiley User ID: 1150323 32278
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2008

"Delicious and easy! Brought a loaf to work and it disappeared FAST! I didn't add the pecans; instead added mini chocolate chips. Thanks for the recipe!"

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