This super fudgy, rich, and soft Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe calls for 10 ingredients and just 10 minutes preparation time. 1/2 cup of cocoa and 3/4 cup of high-quality chocolate make sure that this Chocolate Zucchini Bread deserves its name.
May is my favorite month. We have 4 holidays in Austria, the weather is warm, and I was born in May. I can’t believe how fast a year goes by. The older I get, the faster the time goes by.
I can remember when I was a teenager and I couldn’t wait to get 18. This is the age where you are allowed to drink, go out, and drive in Austria. But not necessarily in this order, of course. You know what I mean…?
Now I’m almost double that age, and my weekends changed a lot since then. Instead of doing party all night long, I love to stay at home and enjoy my weekend nights with Mario. Sitting next to each other on the couch, watching Netflix, and eating tons of baking stuff. So relaxing!
I need this relaxing weekend nights with Mario to stay creative and have enough power for the upcoming week.
Chocolate is also a good way to relax, so I created this ultra delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe.
Baking to relax, you ask? Yes! This Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is super quick and super easy to make that you have plenty of time to relax afterward.
It is prepared in 10 minutes, and you need just 10 ingredients. Did I mention that you need just 1 bowl? 1 bowl recipes are always a win. Even for lazy baking days. And the washing up is nothing to talk about. I mean, 1 bowl, ok?
How to make Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Shred zucchinis finely.
Then stir together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Sift in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
Before you add the shredded zucchini, lightly squeeze them one time and discard the excess liquid. Stir zucchini and chopped chocolate into batter. Transfer batter to a loaf pan and bake.
Pretty easy, right? You don’t even need a stand or hand mixer. Just a whisk.
I used Dutch-process cocoa powder for this Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe. It is darker in color and more chocolatey in taste than natural unsweetened cocoa powder. Don’t substitute with normal cocoa powder because it won’t interact with the baking powder. The bread wouldn’t rise at all.
When you read cocoa powder and baking powder in a recipe, you can be sure that Dutch-processed cocoa powder is used in the recipe. To use natural cocoa powder, there must be baking soda in the recipe as well.
I also recommend using just high-quality chocolate for this Chocolate Zucchini Bread. The quality of the chocolate has an impact on the taste of the Chocolate Zucchini Bread. You don’t want to spend 10 minutes in the kitchen ending up not satisfied because the chocolate is not the best quality.
Trust me on this. The quality of the chocolate always matters in baking recipes. Always.
You can use chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars. Very often, I go with chopped chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips even though they melt a bit away. In baking recipes like this Chocolate Zucchini Bread, it doesn’t matter when not all of the chocolate doesn’t stay firm.
I love to use semi-sweet chocolate bars from Lindt in baking recipes with Dutch-processed cocoa powder in it. I don’t know but it fits just perfect.
If you prefer milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet, this is totally ok. Just replace 1-by-1. You don’t need to adjust the sugar because the Chocolate Zucchini Bread is not overly sweet.
This Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is
- prepared in 10 minutes with just 10 ingredients and 1 bowl
- super easy and quick to make
- a great recipe even for not so experienced bakers
- fudgy, soft, rich, and moist
- out of this world delicious
So, what are you going with? Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars?
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This super fudgy, rich, and soft Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe calls for 10 ingredients and just 10 minutes preparation time. 1/2 cup of cocoa and 3/4 cup of high-quality chocolate make sure that this Chocolate Zucchini Bread deserves its name. Great recipe also for less experienced bakers because it is super easy to make.
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini (225g)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (120ml)
- 1 cup granulated white sugar (200g)
- 1 vanilla bean* (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (120g)
- 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa (42g)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup high-quality chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips (120g)
Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a 9x5" (23x13cm) loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Shredd zucchini finely. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla* just until combined. Sift in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine. Take shredded zucchini and squeeze one time lightly with your hand. Discard excess liquid. Add zucchini and chocolate to the batter and stir in to combine. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick centered in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake. Let cool to room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.
*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise with a sharp knife. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.