Easy Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Moist, flavorful zucchini bread with a twist: cocoa in the batter, and studded with chocolate chips. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a winner every time!
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Here we are, heading 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, as 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?
I love quick bread 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 chocolate zucchini bread?
Flavor: Zucchini, itself 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, without 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 dishcloth before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. Your loaves will end up light and airy, not weighed down.
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 is 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.
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I’m glad to be adding this quick bread to my zucchini recipe arsenal! if you’re looking for a gluten-free version, try this gluten-free zucchini bread!
What’s your favorite Zucchini Recipe?
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 24 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g
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Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.