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Emily Wyckoff

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread: A Healthier Sweet Treat

Coming up with healthy after-school snacks (that my kids want to eat) can be a challenge in my house. I have had to explain to my kids – repeatedly – that cookies aren’t snacks, but desserts.

I actually had my kids make a list of acceptable (for both parties) after-school snacks that we posted on the fridge. The list includes apples with peanut butter, yogurt, granola bars, popcorn, carrots and hummus, PB&J or turkey sandwiches, and bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter. Now, when they come home from school and inevitably ask “What can I have to eat?” I just tell them to look at the list.

On my quest for healthy after-school snacks, I made this Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread and it has been added to the sanctioned snack list. Even though I usually think of zucchini bread as a summertime baked good, zucchini is, of course, available year round.

This quick bread is incredibly moist and I used a combination of applesauce and vegetable oil to cut down on the fat content. I’ll cut up the loaf and pop individually-wrapped slices in the freezer for easy after-school snacking.


This is an incredibly simple recipe. You shred 2 cups of zucchini (one large or two small ones) and press down with a paper towel to soak up some of the liquid. Whisk together your dry ingredients, add the sugar and wet ingredients, and mix. Next, you add the zucchini and chocolate chips, transfer to a prepared bread pan, and bake for an hour or so. Easy peasy.

This bread is so moist you need to let it cool completely before eating it (a good exercise in self-control!). If you dig in while it’s still hot or even warm, you will think it’s underdone. Once it’s cool, it’s perfect. Happy snacking!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread 


2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 large or 2 small)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and flour an 8″ x 4″ x 2 1/2″  loaf pan and set aside.

2. Use a towel or paper towels to slightly press down on the shredded zucchini to eliminate some of the moisture. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the brown sugar, eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix to combine. Stir in the zucchini, then fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Let the bread cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before serving. Don’t skip the cooling process – the bread will appear underdone if you slice and serve while it’s still warm.

Wanna keep baking? Try:

A Simple Chocolate Souffle 
Classic Snickerdoodles
Nutella Banana Bread

19 Responses to “Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread: A Healthier Sweet Treat”

  1. Zuleyka says:

    I can’t wait to try this. It’ll be the perfect treat for the office when we have to work on Saturdays.

  2. Anita says:

    This looks great. I am traveling to Jersey this week, but when I get back I am going to try this.

  3. Nannette says:

    Sounds great cant wait to make for grandson. But what is the total fat ? Calories ? Etc.

    • Clara says:

      I am wondering what the fat, cholesterol, & calorie count is for this bread. It sounds delightful. I really want to try this but need to know how to limit my servings. Husband is diabetic and we need that info for him also. Can Rachael give us this info?
      Thanks for this tool to comment.

      • Hi Christy! I was going to give you the same website that Jean just gave you. There are lots of apps and sites that can give you a complete analysis of a recipe. I’m going to try this recipe today!!

  4. Terri Burke says:

    Sounds fabulous! I make Zucchini/Apple bread at least 10 times a year and I’ve always wanted to add chocolate to the mix but never did! I use lots of cinnamon but now I’ll make it with chocolate and see if we like it better! Thank you!

  5. Joyce says:

    I just made this recipe with wheat flour and it was and was moist and delicious.

  6. Jeri says:

    can’t wait to make this

  7. erin says:

    Made this with whole wheat flour. Delish!

  8. JW says:

    Sounds like a great treat. Not sure I would have it as a regular snack, when even if you could get a dozen slices out of it, each one would be over 250 calories, 10g fat, and 23g of sugar.

  9. Christy says:

    I love zucchini bread, and this chocolate zucchini bread is delicious. I would like to know the breakdown of fat, carbs, and etc. so I can make this for my granddaughter and my husband as they are both diabetic. A little goodness goes a long way with their diets.

  10. betty says:

    A friend of mine just made this recipe, it was sooooo good. I’m making some this weekend. She did say she cut the baking time down to 50 min, just could be her oven.

  11. Bernadette says:

    First time ever growing veggies so I searched many recipes for zucchini bread. I followed directions exactly and this is fantastic,moist and chocolate chips add perfect amount of sweetness

  12. As I was looking to create something healthy and delicious with my glut of zucchini, I got tempted by this recipe. I made it with a few modifications: I substituted 1 cup walnuts for chocolate chips, and 1/4 c & 2 tbsp Truvia for the sugar. Im going to do the calculations on the sugar, fat, calories and carbs and may post them later. Either way, the result is fabulous!! Moist, chocolaty yet not too sweet. I am sold and this one goes into my files.


  13. Bridget says:

    I made 8 loaves of this and it was gone in days!! Everyone loved it! A nice treat was that I had homemade applesauce that I have canned, so adding that was great! Thank you.

  14. KB says:

    Sweetened or unsweetened applesauce? And I’m assuming cocoa powder?

  15. Laura says:

    I tried this recipe today and it was INCREDIBLE. It was so moist and chocolatey, it was absolutely decadent! I am freezing some to see how it holds up. Thanks for sharing this!!

  16. Donna says:

    Made this yesterday. It is delicious. Will have to make more tomorrow

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