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Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

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


  • 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


  • 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 8x4-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.

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lbp60 User ID: 2030965 269679
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2017

"Love this chocolate zucchini bread. I have tried others but this one has just the right amount of chocolate. Freezes well to have all winter!"

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


patunia123 User ID: 1226693 3923
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"Absolutely delicious!!!"

kimbers867 User ID: 856015 9323
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

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

purplepentacle User ID: 3218577 6377
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."

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 7388
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

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

DebVargo User ID: 7943771 6601
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!!!"

Kathz User ID: 7353934 7951
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."

karrmom User ID: 7502895 7386
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Absolutely delicious!"

Debra Torres User ID: 4566970 6341
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!"

margazoo User ID: 7394597 6704
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

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

AngieMB32 User ID: 7375873 8257
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

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

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 7574
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."

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 199760
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."

MelissaBakesCupcakes User ID: 7360448 5648
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."

KDurnford User ID: 2558265 8958
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Very good our whole family liked it"

Hot Dodge User ID: 6835688 9321
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

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

Leesa287 User ID: 47180 5437
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."

PhillyWill User ID: 6772630 2760
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!"

dsmiff User ID: 6755565 7911
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."

Bluestocking User ID: 1157135 7385
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."

jllove User ID: 1407405 3922
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!"

tkdgal User ID: 3286644 9319
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

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

LauraPie User ID: 2680126 6703
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

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

kcoffman User ID: 37720 7384
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."

Russcavr User ID: 192770 5646
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!"

susancornell User ID: 1525802 3917
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?"

chogg User ID: 1833706 7119
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!"

thin4life User ID: 1891649 5645
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

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

elaineg777 User ID: 5540830 3894
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

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

Gracia'sMommy User ID: 4233357 8957
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!"

cartert7 User ID: 3529029 6316
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!"

lisaskov User ID: 4693165 3893
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."

foodiva User ID: 1989992 6702
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"The yum factor is through the roof!"

ewthemom User ID: 3272308 9318
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."

jenilovesdaisies User ID: 532785 3776
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!"

ljbenton User ID: 3208040 6579
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

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

sue baker User ID: 1480922 3749
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."

perchgal User ID: 1173828 8256
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

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

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 2757
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2008

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

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