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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Olena Osipov
5 from 29 votes

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with simple wholesome ingredients in one bowl. Easy, moist and double chocolate quick bread with sneaky veggies.

It is basically a double chocolate version of my healthy zucchini bread. Now you will know what to do with zucchini. Have fun!

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This healthy chocolate zucchini bread is for anyone like me who ends up with a fridge full of zucchini end of summer.

I seem to receive squash as a gift. Must be the food blogger profession. I don’t mind because I always can quickly chop a lot of zucchini and make sauteed zucchini or zucchini casserole.

Sliced Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with chocolate chips

But only after I whip up a few batches of this wonderful chocolate zucchini bread! OMG, it is so moist, fluffy, perfectly sweet and chocolate-y. Double chocolate.

So easy too! One bowl and 10 minutes prep. I doubled the recipe.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Zucchini: Grate it, no need to peel or squeeze.
  • Flour: This chocolate zucchini bread has been tested with whole wheat flour and spelt flour. Basically, a flour with gluten. I have not tried bread with white flour. Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread ingredients zucchini, egg, applesauce, cacao, whole wheat flour, maple syrup
  • Sweetener: You have to use a liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey, agave, brown rice syrup etc. Not dry sweetener like sugar.
  • Cocoa or cacao powder: Difference between cacao and cocoa powder is only in nutrition values. Cacao powder is raw and not heated like cocoa powder. Cacao retains its antioxidants and nutrients.
  • Egg and applesauce: Applesauce is used instead of oil to make bread moist.

grated zucchini on a cutting board and grater

How to Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread

  • Grate zucchini – I like to grate zucchini on fine/medium side of the grater. This way it “disappears”.
  • Pack it – As you fill up the cup with handfuls gently press on zucchini before adding more. Don’t go crazy but just pat it inside.
  • Mix in one bowl – Whisk the egg, then all liquids and add in dry ingredients. Then zucchini and chocolate chips last.
  • Bake – Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 mins or until toothpick inserted is clean. Let cool off to warm before slicing.

grated zucchini inside the bowl with a whisk and batter

Tips for Best Zucchini Bread

  • Frozen zucchini – I have heard from a few readers they freeze grated zucchini and then use in baking. I have not tried. But if you are wondering, I would thaw frozen grated zucchini for a bit so it’s not one blob and try. Please let me know if you do.:)
  • Squash – Squash and zucchini are the same thing. You can use yellow or pale green squash. Or even round patty pan squash.
  • Follow the recipe – Baking is a science.
  • Gluten free flour – Almond flour, coconut flour or any gluten free flour will not work. If you want a gluten free zucchini bread, try my healthy lemon zucchini bread. So good! My favorite recipe I ever created!

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread in a loaf pan going into the oven

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread slices

How to Store and Freeze Bread

Store: If the weather is hot, keep bread in a container loosely covered with linen towel for 1-2 days on a counter. You don’t want to seal it tightly so moisture accumulates and bacteria breeds on hot days.

After 2 days I would transfer leftovers in a container with a lid to the fridge.

Freeze: Any zucchini bread freezes beautifully. Place it in a resealable bag, let out air, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter in 4 hours or in the fridge overnight. It will taste like fresh.

More Healthy Zucchini Recipes

Hope you enjoy my healthy chocolate zucchini bread and I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

healthy chocolate zucchini bread

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with simple wholesome ingredients in one bowl. Easy, moist and double chocolate quick bread with sneaky veggies.
4.97 from 29 votes
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Course: Quick Breads and Muffins
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely grated zucchini packed and not squeezed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup honey or agave
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
  • Cooking spray I use Misto

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add egg, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder and salt; whisk well until combined.
  • Add cacao powder and whisk until well combined.
  • Add grated zucchini and stir.
  • Add flour and mix gently with a spatula just enough to combine. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and gently give just a few stirs.
  • Pour batter into previously prepared loaf pan and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 10 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove healthy zucchini bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off more before slicing with sharp serrated knife.

Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 5 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 5 stars
      Hi Olena! I’m grandma for four grand kids and also from Ukraine. I usually use your healthy recopies for baking veggies’ sweet breads. They are greatly appreciated!

    2. 5 stars
      Once again, a recipe that on spec made me worry…”no oil?”… “Maybe I should add another egg?”…But I stuck to the recipe in spite of my worries because after trying a few of your other recipes, I know you deliver! lol. Of course the loaf is lovely. It’s moist, not dense, not overly sweet, and tasty.

      Thanks again for another great recipe!!

    3. I will definitely make this!
      I am also looking for a ‘healthier’ version of Medovik (one that doesn’t use a ton of sugar but rather honey as a main sweetner 🙂 would you help with that?

      1. Hi Elena. To be honest we eat main meals mostly healthy and just regular desserts when we have one, we are not much sweets people. So, I just Google Medovik. Sorry I couldn’t be of help. 🙁

        1. 5 stars
          Yummy! So moist and dense. I liked it just as much as a “non healthy” recipe I used last week, and this one uses real ingredients!!

    4. HI, was wondering if I could use Greek Yogurt in place of the applesauce? I have it on hand and would rather not make a shopping trip for apples, but would like to get this in the oven for company!!

    5. 5 stars
      Made this recipe as stated except for unbleached flour instead of whole wheat and used maple syrup. This bread was FANTASTIC! Love the fact that 2 cups of zucchini in every loaf! Definitely a keeper recipe!

    6. 5 stars
      Made this today and my 4 year old loved it. He won’t eat most veggies but this was great. I used a little less maple syrup than called for in the recipe and some buckwheat flour instead of all AP flour. Turned out great. I like the light texture using applesauce in place of oil. Спасибо!!

    7. Hi! I look forward to making this recipe. Everything looks quite clean and a much healthier dessert than many out there!

      Quick question – can I use cocoa powder instead of cacoa? If so, would there be a difference in taste or calories/ how healthy it should be? Hope to hear from you soon!

      1. Yes, you can. Difference between cacao and cocoa powder is only in nutrition values. Cacao powder is raw and not heated like cocoa powder. Cacao retains its antioxidants and nutrients.

    8. hello .. I want to ask about the zucchini is it have a clear taste? because I want to make this recipe but I don’t like zucchini .

    9. 5 stars
      This is my first time baking with zucchini and I am pleasantly surprised that it was really delicious. Thank you for this great recipe. Your recipes are simple, healthy and delicious.

    10. 5 stars
      I made this bread with all purpose flour because I couldn’t find whole wheat flour anywhere near me and I was dying to make the recipe. It turned out amazingly. I am a very picky eater so for me to like this bread, it’s really saying something. I have made a few of your recipes now and I love them all. Thank you for helping me on my weight loss journey!

    11. 5 stars
      This is absolutely AMAZING! It tastes like a decadent rich chocolaty cake from a fancy cafe. I will make this over and over again.

    12. 5 stars
      Made it this morning, took just 20 mins to put the ingredients together! Baked for 45 mins. I can’t believe how yummy and moist this bread is. Thanks for sorting out my breakfast for the next 3 days 😀 (and yes you’re right, gotta love those ‘sneaky’ veggies!)

    13. 4 stars
      I love your page I tried to do the Almond butter brownies but I forgot to put the d
      Sugar and they were a little sour … but I’ll be trying more recipes

    14. 5 stars
      I make it today and I really like it.
      Not believing that it is soft without oil or butter. Thank you Olena for sharing healthy recipes.

    15. 5 stars
      Amazing! I wanted an alternative to Sam”s club muffins. I think they are 900 calories for a Sam’s muffin. I fed them to my teenage boys without telling them what was in it (because they would never try it if they knew). They said they were way moister than the muffins. I did end up telling my one son, he could not believe it and wanted to see the recipe. Really happy with this, it will be a staple recipe in my binder!

      1. 5 stars
        Yes yes yes. I have made it twice. Forst one was a fail second time success with long baking time and squeezing zucchini . So good for the kids and even me!

      1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great weekend!

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