Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Calories
258

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is the zucchini bread recipe you’ve been waiting for! It’s moist, healthy, and downright deliciously addicting.

If you love this zucchini bread and want an even chocolatier zucchini recipe, you won’t want to miss out on these amazing Zucchini Chocolate Chip Brownies!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread slices on a cooling rack

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread 

Does your mind ever go all over the place?

I finally had time to think, to sit down, be silent and focus …. but my mind is going a million miles a minute. There’s so much stuff I want to do. I want to improve my blog, I need to fix a few glitches, to make it look pretty (cuz we all know a girl needs things to be “pretty”), to improve the way you search for recipes, to improve my business and grow my network with brands … the list goes on and on.

A top-view collage of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread ingredients in a bowl and a completed, partially sliced loaf on a cooling rack

Then my mind starts going to my family life. How I can continually work on teaching Cason character lessons about things like respect, having a kind heart, being confident, being PATIENT, and being thankful.

I want to have people over for dinner, but we haven’t done that since we moved.

I want to finish designing the new house we are going to build!

I want a date night with my hubbie … oh and see the new Jason Bourne movie!

A partially slice loaf of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread on a cooling rack

My list is getting bigger as I keep writing. Sheesh!

Does anyone else have a list like this? One that just keeps growing and growing?

The problem is life happens and I don’t get to mark those things off my list .. and if you know me … marking things off “my list” is important to me. I will even write something down on my “to do list” that I have already done, just so that I can mark it off! haha.. I know pretty pathetic! But it makes me feel accomplished!

Top view of a loaf of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread in a pan on a cooling rack

I don’t think there is anything wrong with making lists or even having a running list of larger items that you want to someday accomplish. The problem is when the list starts to define you and you measure your “accomplishments” or “success” by how much of that list you’ve finished.

So … here’s to throwing the list out the window!

Err…. not throwing it out the window cuz I can’t do that … I like my list … but NOT letting it define us! Can I get an amen!

A slice of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread on a plate with a fork

In celebration of our new found freedom let’s celebrate … with Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. Shall we?

Just so you know and you don’t get mad at me later. This bread is seriously addicting and is crazy moist. There are no if’s and’s or but’s about it… most likely you will have 2 pieces at a time. It’s that good! Or maybe you won’t and I just have self-control issues. Either way you’re gonna love this bread.

It’s loaded with zucchini (woohoo), made with whole wheat flour, honey (instead of sugar), has a nice warmth to it from the cinnamon and nutmeg, a crunch from the walnuts, with dark chocolate in every bite! You can’t get better than that!

Ughh… come to momma!

Bon Appetit sweet friends, hope this recipe gets you through the rest of the week!

3 slices of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread stacked on a cooling rack

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 50 minutes
  • yield Yield: 12 pieces 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is the zucchini bread recipe you’ve been waiting for! It’s moist, healthy, and downright deliciously addicting.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup grated zucchini (about 1 1/2 zucchinis), squeeze liquid out of zucchini
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 8×4 loaf pan by greasing the bottom and sides (you can grease with coconut oil, butter, or PAM cooking spray) Lightly dust with flour and shake out excess flour.
  3. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Whisk together.
  4. In a large bowl, add honey, unsweetened applesauce, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until smooth.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until everything is combined.
  6. Squeeze grated zucchini to remove any excess liquid.
  7. Fold in the zucchini, chocolate chip, and walnuts.
  8. Add the batter to prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 258
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Sodium: 166 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 17 mg

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68 Responses
  1. Mindy

    This recipe is so good! I actually make muffins instead. It makes about 12 muffins. I bake at 350 for 22-25 mins. Perfect for kids lunches- they love them! 👍🏻

  2. Elyce

    Hi – is the flour measurement the same if you use almond flour? I was excited to make this today, but unfortunately it never baked properly & was complete mush. I squeezed the excess water from the zucchini thoroughly & ended up baking it for 2x the amount of time the recipe calls for – still mush :-(.

    1. Krista

      Hey Elyce, no it would not be the same measurements for almond flour. This recipe is for whole wheat flour, all purpose or 1:1 gluten free baking flour. It will not work for almond or coconut flour.

  3. Stephanie

    Okay, so I followed the recipe but substituted the flour for coconut flour. I have a friend who uses almond flour and she said it turned out great. Well it tastes good, but literally crumbled into a billion pieces. So much for getting the kids to eat it. I tried to say they are like cake pops when I made it into a ball 😂. Could be me, but I’m gonna try again, just not with coconut flour. Any idea why it did that?

    1. Krista

      Yes. This recipe does not translate to coconut flour. Coconut flour usually needs twice the amount of wet ingredients than normal flour does. In other words you’d have to use a completely different recipe if you’re making this with coconut flour. If you want to make it GF I’d use a 1:1 GF baking flour and that will come out perfectly.

  4. Kelsie

    Hi, this looks amazing! Is there any way to make it without the egg? I’m vegan and have heard applesauce or a mashed banana can be used in replacement, however, this already calls for applesauce. I’m wondering if I could omit the egg entirely or if it would be better to use a substitute.
    Thanks!

    1. Krista

      Hey Kelsie. I would use a flax egg. Which is 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water, stir and let sit and until it thickens then just add to the batter.

  5. Sue

    This is pretty good, but too sweet. I’m wondering if it would bake as nicely with half the choc chips, half the honey, and more zucchini to replace the moisture from the honey?
    Thanks.

  6. Kira

    Thought this recipe was super yummy, from what I could taste. I followed the directions exactly and cooked it for 40min to be safe but it wasn’t done in the middle. I cooked it for an additional 10min and it still wasn’t done so I cooked it for 10 more and it still wasn’t done in the middle! I see some other folks had this issue too, am I doing something wrong? I used a 8×4 loaf pan but should I use a different one? Did I possibly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients too much?

    1. Krista

      No. I have actually modified the recipe since then. The zucchini when baked was making the bread super moist and leaving it uncooked in the middle, if you squeeze some of the liquid out before adding the grated zucchini to the batter it comes out perfect!

  7. Bea

    This looks so good! But I have a couple of questions, why use both baking powder and soda, and can I sub it for all-purpose flour and still get the same results?

  8. Lindsey

    I have made this several times now! It is a big hit with the whole family and I feel like I’m sneaking some healthy foods into dessert. 😉 Love your recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Natalya

    Do you squeeze out excess juice from your zucchini once it is grated or do just put it in just as it is once you grate it. Please let me know.

      1. Anna

        Sorry I see there are several comments but I am a little confused about what pan to use. Is it a 8×4 or 9×5 loaf pan? An 8×8 would be a square pan but that doesn’t make sense because the photos show that it is a loaf. ?? Looks great but if you could please clarify that would be awesome! 🙂

  10. K E

    Love the photography. It definitely drew me in. Made a double recipe so we could eat one now and freeze one for later. My kids loved it, but for all of the ingredients it required (who keeps coconut oil in their pantry? and why would you want to?) I expected more. The baking temperature was either too hot or the cook time was too long as they come out very dark and crunchy on the outside under the conditions described. The recipe also calls for an 8×8 loaf pan. But all the pictures are clearly not from an 8×8 pan. What kind of loaf pan is square?

    1. Krista

      Hey KE, sorry about that. The 8×8 was a typo I changed it to 8×4 which is what is should be and what the photos show. 🙂 Glad you’re kids liked the recipe.

        1. Krista

          You’re going to fill the loaf pan the entire way, this recipe is for a loaf of zucchini bread. I just updated the recipe to reflect to squeeze the liquid out of the zucchini. 🙂 Hope this helps. Thanks Charlie!

  11. Melissa

    Great recipe, I would just like to add a warning to people to actually use the 8 by 8 pan! I put it in the loaf pan. Maybe it was also my oven, but the top passed the tooth pick test but turns out the bottom layer was still raw! This is a dense bread and needs the surface area to cook. The part j got to taste before I had to throw it out was amazing, though 🙁

    1. Krista

      Ohhh so glad you liked the flavor. Major bummer that the bread didn’t turn out. I’m actually gonna be making it again this weekend so I’ll make adjustments to the recipe if it needs a longer cook time. Thanks Melissa!

    2. Ellen

      This is exactly what happened to me, passed the toothpick test, but after 55 minutes still raw on the inside. I was so looking forward to it, as it looked so good!

  12. Carrie

    Wow! Made this today as muffins, made 11 good size. I didn’t have nutmeg so added extra cinnamon. I also added 1/4 cup of unsweetened roasted coconut. Absolutely amazing!

    1. Krista

      applesauce is cooked and pureed apples, you could probably just omit the applesauce if you don’t want to use it. It will still be super moist from the zucchini.

  13. Torrey

    This bread is amazing! So chocolately which you wouldn’t expect with the only chocolate coming for the chips. I left out the walnuts cuz I’m not a big fan of nuts in my breads but still delicious regardless. My husband wasn’t a fan but he’s like a toddler when it comes to eating veggies. My nephew, an actual toddler, LOVED it! 🙂

    1. Krista

      haha… oh my gosh. I’m totally sitting here cracking up at your toddler comments! LOVE it! So glad you and the actual toddler enjoyed it. 🙂 I know my little guy loves this bread too, but he’s like me… addicted to chocolate.. hehe 🙂

  14. Leola

    Very yummy recipe! Will definitely be one of my new go to bread/muffin recipes! I say muffin because I it made it into 36 mini-muffins, which I baked for 13 minutes to perfection. I love the hint of nutmeg in them too! Beautifully moist and delicious! Oh, I had a little too much zucchini grated so I used 2 cups instead of the amount called for, didn’t seem to matter.

    1. Krista

      OH… look at you. GREAT idea Leola! I need to try that. The hint of nutmeg is my favorite. I love adding nutmeg to baked goods. 🙂

  15. Cookin Canuck

    Oh, I hear you on the list thing. I, too, write things down just so I can cross them off! Well, you can certainly cross off “post perfect zucchini bread” because this looks so good.

    1. Krista

      haha… hurray! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one! And yes … best zucchini bread is checked off the list! 🙂

  16. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    oh man, I am the QUEEN of writing stuff on my list that I’ve already done and crossing it off. so satisfying! What is wrong with us!! haha. Your list sounds daunting and very similar to mine, and makes me want to take a nap. OR just netflix with a plate of this warm bread.<<that please.

    1. Krista

      Haha.. it really is. I just need to feel like I did something! Ya know! 🙂

      I’m pretty sure we need to meet up, tear up our lists, make a bowl of soup, some warm bread and binge watch netflix. Deal?

  17. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Ohhh, Mama, I told myself I would not make zucchini bread with all the zucchini I have from the garden but you are making me re-evaluate life! Sooo good!

  18. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

    I wish I could just reach into the screen and grab a slice right now! Now I really can’t wait till we start getting lots of zucchini from our CSA!

  19. Erin@WellPlated

    AMEN!!! I am the same way with lists—they cover all the fun things I want to do and all the productive things. Give me a break, freedom and ALL THE ZUCCHINI BREAD!

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