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Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

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
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large 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


  • 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.
  • Spoon into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 180 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Mar 24, 2020

    This quick bread turned out very moist, chocolaty, and tasty. I used 3/4 cup of sugar and it was still sweet enough for my family. Also, I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup vegetable shortening.

  • SusieOFoodie
    Apr 5, 2016

    We have been enjoying this recipe for years, thought I'd better review it! I don't change a thing and it is so delicious. So good warm with a bit of butter...mmmm! If it's dry you might be over cooking it, it has never been dry for me (check it after 40-50 minutes if in doubt).

  • hisalone
    Aug 24, 2015

    I too thought it was very dry. I will try adding some oil next time. If it doesn't turn out better this one will be deleted !

  • helenconway
    Jul 18, 2015

    All of us loved this. Will make this again!

  • MRM44
    Aug 13, 2014

    Love this! I used dark cocoa and milk chocolate chips and added extra zucchini. Wonderful . . .

  • rubnzrcn2
    Feb 25, 2013

    I am not sure what happen. I made it as directed and it was dry and cake like. Nothing like the reveiws... wasted time and ingredients. Not sure if I should try again.

  • smschulte1
    Oct 1, 2012

    Everyone loved it! My stepson was surprised it was zucchini!

  • Abonco
    Sep 8, 2012

    I received a very LARGE zucchini from a friend and was looking for a recipe that my kids would enjoy. Found this one...who doesn't like chocolate. My son actually asked me to make another loaf. I did substitute whole wheat flour but it still turned out great!

  • TKCloughfam
    Aug 13, 2011

    Amazing!! Moist, chocolaty and can't stop eating it. I made two loaves and I am embarrassed that there was only two pieces left after everyone who went through my house had a piece or two ( :

  • grace1985
    Aug 1, 2011

    My kids love this. I call it brownie bread and they have no idea zucchini is in it.