Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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This is a delicious and super simple death by chocolate zucchini bread recipe. What it means is, that it’s a very very very chocolaty zucchini bread. It also means that everyone is going to love it! Kids and adults alike.


I took the photos for this post last summer when I had more zucchini coming out of the garden than I knew what to do with.

Remember that time of the year? If you have ever grown vegetables I’m sure you know what I’m talking about… The zucchini season.

It’s that time in early summer when the zucchini plants start to produce and in the first couple weeks, you are so excited!

You pick your fresh zucchini and make this recipe and another, then you harvest a few more and try a few other recipes… By the third week of harvesting zucchini, you can’t look at the thing anymore!

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread…

Super simple death by chocolate zucchini bread recipe. An easy to put together, delicious chocolate zucchini bread that the whole family is going to love!
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There are a few ways to preserve zucchini, but my favorite way to use the boatload of zucchini I harvest during the season is to make zucchini bread and freeze it.

I make two kinds of zucchini bread: low-sugar zucchini bread and this death by chocolate zucchini bread.

As the zucchini comes from the garden, I’ll make loaves of bread. Sometimes I sell some at the farmers market but most of the time, I wrap them well and stick them in the freezer.

Then, during the year, I take one loaf out at a time and use it as a snack during the day or sometimes as breakfast (a slice of zucchini bread, some cheese, and a fruit make a great and super easy breakfast!)

Aside from the fact that this zucchini bread is really easy to make and only takes a few minutes to put together, it’s also really delicious.

To be honest, I don’t know if I can convince my kids to eat zucchini any other way…

Kitchen Tools That We Are Going to Need…

Let’s gather our kitchen tools so we can make this goodness! Here is what we are going to need…

A large mixing bowl – to mix the batter, of course.

Sifter – I love my simple sifter but if you don’t have one you can also use a strainer. Put the dry ingredients in there and tap the strainer on the side until it’s all sifted into the bowl.

Measuring cups – to measure ingredients.

Measuring spoons – also to measure ingredients.

A grater – I usually grate my zucchini by hand but sometimes, if I am making more than one loaf, I use my food processor.

Mixer – I love my handy KitchenAid hand mixer for these kinds of recipes. Of course, if you’d like, you can mix the whole thing in a stand mixer as well.

Spatula – to help us transfer the batter to the pan.

Loaf pan – to bake the bread in.

Parchment paper – you’ll see below that I didn’t line my pan with parchment paper but I usually do and it’s so much easier to get the bread out of the pan when I line it. So I recommend using parchment paper.

All right, let me show you how simple it is to make this death by chocolate zucchini bread!

How to Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread…

Butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

I start by adding 1/2 cup melted butter into a large mixing bowl, then I add 1/4 cup sugar…

Adding eggs to the mix.

2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I use my hand mixer to mix this together a minute or two.

Sifting cocoa powder and flour into the batter.

Then I add 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into my sifter…

The batter is ready to mix.

And sift it right into the bowl over the wet ingredients.

Using a mixer to mix the batter.

Then I use my mixer again to mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until they are well combined.

Adding zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts to the batter.

Lastly, I add 2 cups grated zucchini, 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet), and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

I like to grate my zucchini right before I need to add it to the batter, this way, it’s not just sitting there and releasing liquids.

If you grated your zucchini ahead of time, or if it’s wet, make sure to squeeze it a bit before you add it to the batter. We don’t want too many liquids.

Folding the add-ins in.

Next, I use a spatula to fold the zucchini, nuts, and chocolate chips into the batter.

Transferring the batter to the bread pan.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I always line my loaf pan with parchment paper, it makes it so much easier to remove the bread from the pan when it’s done baking…

But this time I just buttered the pan before I transferred the batter to it… I guess I didn’t have parchment paper on hand.

Anyway, you can choose to generously butter your pan or line it with parchment paper before transferring the batter into it.

Death by chocolate zucchini bread ready.

I bake this bread for about an hour in a 350? F preheated oven.

To check if the bread is done, you can stick a toothpick in the center of it. If the toothpick comes out dry, the bread is ready. If the toothpick comes out wet, bake it a few more minutes and check again.

Try to not over bake it so it doesn’t dry out.

Moist chocolate zucchini bread.

It should be moist and oh so very chocolaty!

A slice of death by chocolate zucchini bread.

It’s dense and yummy!

Make sure to remove the bread from the pan as soon as you can and set it on a rack to cool down. Like every chocolaty cake, this bread is delicious to serve warm.

So sometimes we’ll dive in soon after it comes out of the oven! If you want to keep it for later, you can store it in the fridge after it has cooled completely. Then, each time you slice it, you can warm your slice in the microwave for a few seconds.

If I freeze it, I wait a couple of hours until it’s cooled completely before wrapping it very well with plastic wrap, labeling it, and freezing it.

Then, I’ll take it out of the freezer the night before and set it on a plate and let it thaw during the night.

In the morning, I might use it for breakfast (I’ll heat each slice in the microwave a bit) or we might use it during the day as a snack.

Usually, by the end of Zucchini Season, the freezer is half full with zucchini bread… And I am not complaining!


If you liked this recipe, make sure to check these out as well!

Low Sugar Zucchini Bread

Simple Strawberry Bread

Rosh Hashanah Honey bread

Low Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Easy Apple Cake

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Easy, dense, chocolaty and delicious zucchini bread.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, squeezed of liquids
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to mix the ingredients together (or use a stand mixer).
  3. Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder right into the bowl of the wet ingredients. Use the mixer to mix the wet and dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Grate your zucchini and add it to the bowl (see notes).
  5. Add chocolate chips and walnuts to the bowl. Use a spatula to fold the zucchini, nuts, and chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and add the batter.
  7. Bake approximately 60 minutes (see notes).
  8. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool. You can serve it warm, keep it in the fridge (I recommend warming each slice in the microwave for 20 seconds before serving), or wrap it well and freeze.

Notes

I like to grate my zucchini right before I need to add it to the batter, this way, it's not just sitting there and releasing liquids. If you grated your zucchini ahead of time, or if it is wet, make sure to squeeze it a bit before you add it to the batter. We don't want too many liquids.

To check if the bread is done, you can stick a toothpick in the center of it. If the toothpick comes out dry, the bread is ready. If the toothpick comes out wet, bake it a few more minutes and check again.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

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1 thought on “Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread”

  1. This sounds absolutely delicious. I will make it in the future. I like to sweeten my cakes with chopped dates. I soak them and add them to many recipes. I am so proud of all your accomplishments. You are awesome. love you

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