Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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This easy Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is moist, chocolaty, and will remind you of your favorite chocolate cake. You will never know it is made with a vegetable! 

Chocolate Zucchini Bread that tastes like chocolate cake! This is the BEST zucchini bread recipe!

Tis the season for lots and lots of ZUCCHINI! This is my favorite time of year because I LOVE zucchini, it is one of my favorite vegetables. I love zoodles, eating zucchini in salads, grilling it, and baking with zucchini. You can find my favorite zucchini recipes here.

I recently made the most epic Chocolate Zucchini Bread and it’s definitely going on the favorite list. It is the BEST! It will remind you of my Chocolate Banana Bread…if you’ve made it, you know it is AMAZING. This version is made with zucchini and it is just as good!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread-this easy quick bread is a summer favorite!

I don’t know who invented baking with zucchini, but they deserve a medal. If I could meet them, I would give them a giant hug. Zucchini in baked goods is genius! Baking with zucchini is probably my favorite way to enjoy zucchini because you all know I have a major sweet tooth. BUT you don’t have to feel guilty about eating a sweet treat when zucchini is involved because you are eating a vegetable!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Recipe

I love sneaking zucchini into all of my baked goods, especially during the summer months when it is exploding in the garden and on everyone’s front porch:)

This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is guaranteed to be your new favorite zucchini recipe. You will be begging your neighbors for more zucchini so you can make multiple loaves of this bread. It is crazy good!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is great for breakfast or dessert!

So what makes this Chocolate Zucchini Bread so good?

  • It is made with cocoa powder AND chocolate chips. Double the chocolate, double the fun! There are chocolate chips in the bread and on top!
  • The bread is super moist. I use eggs, melted butter, oil, and zucchini. All of the ingredients come together to create a flavorful and moist bread.
  • The zucchini bread is easy to make. You don’t need a mixer and can have it in the oven in no time.
  • Your house will smell amazing while it is baking.
  • This easy chocolate zucchini bread will remind you of your favorite chocolate cake. Don’t be afraid to eat a slice with ice cream. You can thank me later for that tip:)

You are going to fall in love with this Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread! Even if you think you don’t like zucchini, make this bread. It will change your mind. Zucchini has never tasted so good!

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Best Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe! This easy quick bread is a summer favorite!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This easy chocolate zucchini bread will remind you of your favorite chocolate cake!
4.89 from 209 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa or unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup  semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the eggs, melted butter, oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. You might have a few small brown sugar clumps and that is fine.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, don’t overmix. Stir in the shredded zucchini until just combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean, you might have some melted chocolate chips on the toothpick and that is fine. You just don’t want a lot of gooey batter.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread and carefully remove from the pan. Let the bread cool on the wire cooling rack until slightly warm. Cut into slices and serve.
  7. Note-if you use coconut oil, make sure it is melted and slightly cooled. The bread will keep on the counter, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 4 days. This bread also freezes well. To freeze, cool the bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 247mg7%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I doubled this recipe and made 4 smaller loaves. It is amazingly good!!! Moist and rich flavor. I will be making this again. No one would ever know zucchini is part of the recipe. I give it 5 stars ⭐️

    1. I didn’t change the temp, but it didn’t take as long to cook. Just kept checking with a toothpick.

    2. 5 stars
      I give this 5 stars. My first time ever making any kind of zucchini bread, and OMG was it good and moist! Will definitely be making this again.

  2. 5 stars
    I used coconut oil, half unsweetened cocoa and half cacao powder along with some instant coffee, about 1/2 teaspoon and the chocolate chips were the Lily brand made with stevia for less guilt and better nutrition. very fudgie in texture and rich. the touch of coffee, deepens the chocolate.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!! My kids loved it as much as we did! Now following! My only complaint is I wish I had more right now!!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I made it as-directed (using the coconut oil) and it came out perfect on the first try. Even though it has a veggie it is not a health food – it’s definitely a cake! And probably my new favorite cake, at that!

  5. This bread is so good. Easy. I’ve used fresh and frozen zucchini, equally good turn out. I love to eat zucchini lots of ways but I do think this is my favorite way!

  6. 5 stars
    This is more like a cake than a bread but it’s SOOOOOOOOO good. My husband bought a bunch of zucchini from Costco even though I don’t like zucchini, so I’ve been searching for ways to use it. This is DELICIOUS!

  7. Making this today, made this years ago from a recipe a friend gave me that I lost. I am so happy to find it again! Did you drain your zucchini before adding it?

    1. Glad you found it:) I squeeze it out a little if the zucchini is super watery, but make sure you leave some moisture so your bread is moist.

  8. This recipe is outstanding. I made it as is and absolutely loved it. I am trying it right now with all butter. I hope it works out!

  9. 5 stars
    I thought it seemed like too much zucchini as I was mixing everything together, but my family finished the whole thing off in a day and a half!! I’ll be making this again

  10. I love this recipe! Only change I make is using half the cocoa powder because it is chocolatey enough for us that way❤️ No draining the zucchini either.

  11. In case you’re wondering if you can sub Greek yogurt for the oil, you cannot. Some recipes work really well subbing the oil with yogurt, but for this recipe, it came out quite dry. What was surprising to me was that it also made a very bitter dark chocolate loaf. I love dark chocolate – 75% is my go-to for bars, but this was not even that sweet, which seemed weird since everyone else said it was so cake/dessert-like. Maybe the chocolate chips make it sweet and the dark Lilly-brand chips I used didn’t play that role?

  12. This recipe is amazing!! My 2 & 4 year old and husband couldn’t tell there was an entire large zucchini in it! They loved it!!

    Have you or anyone else tried it with almond flower and swerve brown sugar??

  13. 5 stars
    Love it, love it, love it!! Thanks for sharing this rich, moist loaf….. it truly satisfies my craving for chocolate. Yummers

  14. 5 stars
    We make a lot of different types of zucchini bread and my family declared this the “best zucchini bread EVER!” This will definitely go into the monthly rotation—thanks for a great recipe.

  15. If I wanted to do mini disposable loaf pans, how many would this fill? Any advice on how long to bake? We’ve made this many times and LOVE it!

  16. Super delicious and simple recipe! Great as a loaf, made in a brownie dish, or as muffins 🙂 easy to make with pantry ingredients, and perfectly balanced and moist!! Have made it with kiddos and they love making it and devouring it 🙂

  17. 4 stars
    Easy to make, rich and chocolatey. I used apple sauce instead of oil but still used the melted butter. Definitely should be called chocolate zucchini “cake”. I only gave it 4 stars as I’m not a big cake fan- I prefer a denser loaf/bread kind of treat.

  18. 4 stars
    Moist andchocolatey as promised! however, I should’ve known by reading the recipe there wasnt enough sugar simply by comparing it to banana bread. Going to try my hand at cream cheese frosting to fix this bland issue.

  19. 5 stars
    I made this recipe This afternoon… and it was so easy, and so chocolatey, I just finished making a second one to freeze

  20. This bread is amazing! Best ever. We have eaten 4 loaves of this already and I still have zucchini shredded in the freezer to make more.

  21. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday using coconut oil and butter, dark chocolate chips and cocoa and it’s amazing. I love that it’s not too sweet. I make many things with zucchini as we grow them and can’t wait to send some with my husband for his co-workers. Great as a dessert or morning treat. Thanks again for another great recipe, love your ideas.

  22. 5 stars
    ok, this bread is absolutely amazing!!!! I couldn’t even taste the zucchini at all & it was super rich and chocolatey! thank you so much for this recipe <33!! 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    You made me start baking again! Our Zucchini crop really produced this year and therefore had to start coming up with ideas. My husband loves chocolate! Your recipe fit the bill! Sooo good and so easy to make. I would have taken a picture, but couldn’t wait to try it. Next on the list is your Lemon Zucchini Bread. 🙂

  24. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved this recipe, this is my third time making it! I was wondering if you could sub almond flour for regular flour?

  25. 5 stars
    This is amazing bread. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn’t change a thing. It is so delicious and so easy to make. This will become my favorite zucchini bread recipe.

  26. To.die.for. Best ever!! So glad my zucchini plant is still producing so I can make more loaves and drop them off as treats for friends to cheer them up during this crazy time. I might try using part peanut butter chips sometime just for fun. Thanks for a delicious recipe! By the way, the Lemon Zucchini recipe is equally wonderful (although I must admit I did use canola oil the second time I made it, as I did not like the olive oil flavor from the original).

  27. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it’s almost gone! So delicious and moist! I will be making more, but has anyone made it with coconut flour? If so did you have to change anything in the recipe?
    But 5 start rating!

  28. I have a double batch baking right now…but the batter was delish! I have a bounty of zucchini. Can I freeze my extra shredded zucchini? If yes, should I do anything special to it?

    1. If your zucchini is super watery you can give it a little squeeze but don’t wring out all of the moisture.

  29. Second time around – excellent recipe! I made a cream cheese filling the first time (my daughter’s request for a friend recouping from surgery) & it was yummy. No cream cheese this time but the ‘bread’ is very rich & chocolaty on its own I don’t think I’ll miss it. My zucchini is still producing & I already have 6 pints shredded & frozen for later use. Lemon zucchini loaf next, then possibly a spice one.

    1. Thank you for the prompt response. Im going to make the muffins today. I’ve made the bread and it was amazing!!!!

  30. 5 stars
    This is absolutely the best chocolate zucchini bread I’ve ever had, and ranks up there with the best quick breads ever. I make this often and give it as gifts and everyone raves about it. It always turns out perfectly.

  31. I absolutely love this recipe….so very easy and equally as delicious!! Made exactly as instructed and perfect every time….just finished making/freezing 4!

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