Many of you may not have heard of chocolate zucchini bread, and I admit, at first it sounds pretty terrible. I ask you to keep an open mind and give this recipe a chance, because it is fabulous! Think instead of a cross between a brownie and cake, I’m not sure why exactly it’s called bread, but it is. It can also be a way to sneak some vegetables in for kids who hate veggies.
It’s also a great addition to make for those gardeners with zucchini ripening fast & furious and you don’t know what else to do with it.
So here it is!
- 1 2/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. baking soda
Stir these ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
Next, using an electric mixer, blend the following until smooth:
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 t. vanilla extract
When these wet ingredients are smooth, add the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Then fold in:
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 1 package chocolate chips
Pour this into a greased bread loaf pan, and bake at 350° F. about 65 minutes, or until a knife inserted in, comes out clean.
A couple of things I did a bit differently. I used a bundt cake pan, and it took 55 minutes of baking and turned out perfectly. You could also dust a little powdered sugar on top if you wanted to.
I hate shredding zucchinis, ok I’m a bit lazy. I don’t have a food processor, but I do own a Vitamix I use all the time (best investment I’ve made in my kitchen!). Here’s how you can shred zucchini using a vitamix. Fill with water until about half way. Add large chunks of washed zucchini andpulse on low until all the big chunks have processed through. Don’t overdo this as you don’t want to liquefy the zucchini, you just want to chopped fine. Pour this into a strainer in the sink then press out the excess water. There you have it, now just scoop the grated zucchini into your measuring cups. Fast and easy.
I hope you have enjoy this chocolate zucchini bread recipe. You might also like my posts Host a Baked Potato Bar Get-Together and Top 10 Wish List of Must Have Home and Kitchen Gadgets & Utensils.
Until next time,