Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
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Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

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With some basic changes our Test Kitchen was able to keep all the flavor of Jennifer Sickels favorite bread while greatly reducing the guilt. We hope you'll enjoy this makeover as much as we did! Jennifer hails from Greenfield, Indiana.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake 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: 137 calories, 4g fat (trace saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flours, 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 40-45 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 Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Bread in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p8

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Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Love this bread, but as with all the other breads I make, I use just applesauce instead of any oil. They always come out delicious. Adding chocolate chips to this one is really good too."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I made other changes and they are fabulous. I substituted pumpkin for applesauce and olive oil for canola. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. I only have part of a loaf left because my friends took the rest!"

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Amazing flavor and very moist! My family requests this quite often."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Very tasty and moist."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"I loved it! Easy and so good . just used regular flour and used vanilla yogurt instead of oil and it turned out so good! Defiantly writing this one down!"

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