Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread: Eat your vegetables! And chocolate.

You know what the nice thing about zucchini is?


Well, for one thing, you don’t have to peel it.

And it’s got a pretty neutral flavor, so it doesn’t clash with the tomatoes on your shish-kebab, or the onions and Parmesan in your frittata.

Plus it grows really, really easily.

And very, very fast.

To say nothing of extremely large.

Put it all together, and you have every home gardener’s “favorite” time of the year:

The annual Zucchini Attack, a.k.a. Season of the Unfettered Mammoth Squash.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to think about zucchini, other than as the biggest garden pest ever.

In fact, we offer nearly 2 dozen recipes for your fresh-picked zukes at our online recipe site – including our most-Pinned recipe ever, Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip.

The following recipe takes advantage of zucchini’s aforementioned neutral flavor, plus its soft texture, to create nicely dense, dark-chocolate bread. Semisweet chips create soft little pools of fudge that complement the bread’s nicely moist texture very well, thank you.

Are you ready to back off dissing your zukes, and put them to tasty use?

Try our Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread. And our Parmesan-scented Zucchini-Cheese Pancakes. And Orange-Zucchini Muffins. And Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

But let’s go with the bread first, OK?

Preheat the oven to 350°F; lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.

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Mix the following in a large bowl, beating until smooth:

2 large eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the following, stirring to combine:

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1/3 cup King Arthur All-Purpose Baking Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
1 2/3 cups (7 1/8 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, and 2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed into the cup; this will be about 8 to 12 ounces of zucchini, about 1 medium-small (8″ or so) zuke.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the bread for 65 to 75 minutes, until the loaf tests done.

A toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean, save for perhaps a light smear of chocolate from the melted chips.

Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes before loosening the edges…

…and turning it out of the pan onto a rack.

Cool completely before slicing; store well-wrapped, at room temperature.

A smear of Nutella wouldn’t be amiss…

Read, bake, and review (please) our recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Print just the recipe.

PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi there, Michelle! Because this recipe has both baking powder and baking soda we think it’ll be just fine to swap out the cocoa. For future baking adventures, it can be helpful to keep our article The A-B-C’s of cocoa in mind as it has great tips on how to use different kinds of cocoa in various recipes. Happy baking! Morgan@KAF

  1. JT

    I never know if the recipes I see with shredded zucchini (or carrot for that matter) needs to be squeezed of excess water before being added to the recipe. Does the zucchini need to be drained before adding to the batter?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi JT, good question. The zucchini should be shredded and then gently pressed, which means slightly drained. You want the zucchini to still be moist to the touch, but there should be excess liquid that collects in the bottom of the bowl after shredded. (Discard this liquid before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.) 2 cups of zucchini should weigh about 12 ounces, if that helps give you a point of reference. Happy baking! Kye@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Good question, Sherry. Other bakers often wonder about using self-rising flour in recipe that call for all-purpose, so we decided to do some testing and compile our findings into one blog post, which you can read here. We’ve found that in order to substitute self-rising flour, a recipe should call for at least about ½ teaspoon of baking power per cup of flour at minimum. Since the Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe only uses 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder total, it’s not a good opportunity to make the swap or else you’ll have far too much leavener in your bread. If you’re looking for ways to use up your self-rising flour, consider making one of these tasty recipes. Happy baking! Kye@KAF

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