This healthier chocolate zucchini bread is rich, fudgey, filled with chocolate chips, and a couple healthier twists!
Because CHOCOLATE. And because David hates zucchini. (Wha?) But Chocolate Zucchini Bread? I plan on having this for breakfast. And a snack. Annnnnd dessert. With a glass of milk. This bread is the perfect answer to not TOTALLY killing my macros when I’m hit hard with the chocolate cravings.
David and I planted a vegetable garden this year. The zucchini plant was the center of much debate. We had limited space and were trying to decide which vegetables would grace our dinner table this summer. I very much wanted a zucchini plant. (This may have been motivated by the visions of Chocolate Zucchini Bread dancing in my head.) David warned me it would be huge. He told me it would take over our little garden plot, block out the sun, and overwhelm our poor tomatoes, peppers, and blueberries. He ADMONISHED me, saying we would have zucchini everywhere . . .
. . .
So we got a zucchini plant. (I love him.) And yes folks. We have a LOT of zucchini.
This rich, moist, fudgey bread is the perfect answer. And even though David is not a huge zucchini fan, chocolate zucchini bread wins him over every time. (Then again, so do banana macadamia nut muffins and blueberry swirl muffins. He’s just a baked goods-kinda guy, I guess.)
I plan on enjoying this all weekend while snuggled in a blanket on my balcony. And YES! You read that right. A blanket. I can see Fall peeking its nose around the corner and I cannot wait for apple-everything, pumpkins, cinnamon, red leaves, and mountain breeze. But for the moment, I will take my chocolate with that last hint of a zucchini-stuffed summer.
This zucchini bread needs less oil and sugar than your typical quick bread, thanks to the zucchini and yogurt. If you are trying to be extra healthy, you can leave the chocolate chips out or swap them for dairy-free chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips as a compromise.
You don’t need to peel the zucchini before you use it, since it will cook through in the oven. Just use the biggest hole cheese grater that you have to grate the zucchini. If you try using a small one, the zucchini may dissolve into mush and water. To remove some of the water, I placed the zucchini on top of three stacked paper towels. Then I just folded in the corners and lightly squeezed. The zucchini shreds should still feel wet when you throw them into the batter, but they shouldn’t be dripping.
Both! I love a slice cold out of the refrigerator. But I also love zapping it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds, and accompanied by a glass of milk. The chocolate chips just start to melt, which only enhances the gooey decadence of this bread.
I prefer semi-sweet, but it is dealer’s choice! Whichever kind you prefer will work.
Yes – with some tweaks! Check out my recipe for the healthier chocolate zucchini muffin version. (Which, FYI, also helps with portion control.)
Two options! Many of my readers have made their own crafty substitutions, noted below in the comments. I have also made a gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free chocolate zucchini bread that you should try!
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