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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 

Moist, flavorful zucchini bread with a chocolate twist:  cocoa in the batter, and studded with chocolate chips.

Moist and delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe at TidyMom.net

Here we are,  headed into late summer and gardens seem to be overflowing with an abundance of zucchini just begging to be used up.  If you don’t have a garden of your own, hopefully you have some generous neighbors or friends (or customers) willing to share their summer bounty with you, like we do!  If not, you can’t miss the mounds of beautiful squash at the grocery store or farmer’s market.

We have a favorite banana bread recipe that I make all the time, so I thought zucchini bread would be a nice change of pace, and let’s make it chocolate.  Everything is better with a little chocolate right?

Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe at TidyMom.net

I love quick breads because there are so easy and well, quick. Usually there is no need for a mixer and can have your bread in the oven in no time. Zucchini is 95% water, requiring you to drain it.  So be sure to grate your zucchini first so you can let it drain while you get the rest of the recipe together.  Once it’s drained,  you just stir everything together in a bowl, pour it into your loaf pans, and into the oven they go!  See, so easy!!

What makes a good zucchini bread?

Flavor:  Zucchini, it’s self doesn’t bring the flavor to this party, so a good zucchini bread recipe needs to be full of added flavors!  This recipe brings on the flavor with the addition of cinnamon, almond extract, cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

Moist:  This is where the zucchini can shine, since this summer squash is 95 percent water.  This recipe is unbelievably moist, with out any oil!

Texture:  Zucchini bread should be light and airy, not too dense or gummy.  Both the flavor and the texture of the shredded zucchini should melt into the bread, creating a subtle sweetness and a soft texture.  This recipe does all of that!

To make sure you don’t end up with soggy loaves from all the moisture in the zucchini, be sure to drain the zucchini well, or use this trick from Cook’s Illustrated. Simply squeeze the shredded zucchini in a clean dish cloth before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. Your loaves will end up light and airy, not weighed down.

Moist and delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe at TidyMom.net

How to Choose a  Zucchini: you want a squash that is firm and heavy for their size; the skin should be brightly colored and blemish-free. Because they are harvested earlier, smaller squash are more tender than larger ones and have thinner skins; choose squash that are less than eight inches long.

How to Store Zucchini: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to four days; do not wash until ready to use.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Moist, flavorful zucchini bread with a chocolate twist: cocoa in the batter, and studded with chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups grated zucchini (from about a pound and a half of zucchini)
  • 1 cup strong coffee (to soak zucchini in)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Place the freshly grated zucchini in a large bowl and pour cooled coffee over and let it soak for about 5-10 minutes. Then, squeeze all liquid from zucchini and place in a dishcloth to remove excess moisture or place in a sieve over a bowl to catch any excess moisture.
  2. With rack in the middle, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out the excess
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until all ingredients are well combined, set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs until smooth, about a minute. Add the melted butter and almond extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Gently stir in the grated zucchini Add the flour mixture to the batter and stir just until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  6. Divide the batter between the two pans.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean and easily. Let it cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes, then run a butter knife around the edges to separate the bread from the pan. Remove from the loaf pans and let cool completely on a rack.

Notes

Loaves can be wrapped with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Soaking zucchini in strong coffee will enhance chocolate flavor

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Comments

  1. 1

    This looks amazing! Pinned for later!! :)

  2. 2

    My family would love this Cheryl!! Thanks!

  3. 3

    Oh my goodness Cheryl, I can literally SMELL this just by the photos! I love zucchini bread, but the chocolate version would be a nice detour ;)

  4. 4

    I love chocolate zucchini bread!

  5. 5

    Love Zucchini bread! My neighbor just dropped off 3 large ones over the weekend and my son already asked when I was making bread! I think I will surprise him with this version! Thank you!

  6. 6

    Me and Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips date back to the early ’80s and making it with my Mom! Can’t wait to try your recipe, Cheryl. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7

    Good zucchini breads are truly the best! Lovely recipe!

  8. 8

    Is there something else to soak the zucchini in? I don’t drink coffee or have any on hand.

    • 9

      You can skip that part, it just enhances the chocolate a little, or you could add about 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules to the batter.

  9. 10

    looks so delicious, I just love the part that it’s CHOCOLATY too :)

  10. 11

    I do love a good zucchini bread especially when the garden is overflowing with it at this time of year!

  11. 12

    Now this is some zucchini bread that I really, really want! YUM!

  12. 13

    I’ve never had chocolate zucchini bread, but it looks and sounds delicious :) Thanks so much for sharing… nomnomnom!

  13. 14

    It looks so good and moist, cheryl!

  14. 15

    I love zucchini bread, but never tried a chocolate version! This looks SO good, I’ll definitely be trying it this weekend! Thanks, Cheryl!

  15. 16

    Love your pictures here, Cheryl and great tips too!

  16. 17

    Oh yes. Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the best thing to do when you have a ton of zucchini!

  17. 18

    I am SO trying this!

  18. 19

    This recipe looks fantastic!

  19. 20

    I have made these twice. Like the recipe alot. Thanks.

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