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!
4.87 from 151 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
  • 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. 5 stars
    I’ve made this twice and it was delicious both times! I got a bit nervous when the batter was too thick to pour, but the finished product had great texture.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my lanta!! This is a delicious recipe! I’m truly an awful baker and I was determined to make this work and I’m so happy it did! I used whole wheat flour and turned them into muffins. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this based on the reviews. It is absolutely the best chocolate zucchini bread I’ve ever had. It is very moist and does taste just like cake. It was a huge hit with the kids. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making this again very soon.

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious for Christmas morning! Made 6 large  cupcakes with this recipe. Only adjustments were added 1/4 cup additional flour and used egg substitute and dairy-free chocolate chips since we have egg and dairy allergies. Turned out moist rich, and yummy! Kids loved them! Mum and dad did, too! Turned out so pretty that we made an extra batch to share with neighbors! Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I added a cup of chopped walnuts and make 4 minis. Perfect every time. You give the baker great instructions.

  6. I have pureed zucchini on hand. Would this work? Do you think I would need to reduce the amount of zucchini used? Thank you!

  7. This was so good! I make it gluten free by subbing Cup4Cup flour for all purpose. I didn’t have any brown sugar on hand so I used 3/4 cup white sugar and added a tablespoon of molasses. I also squeezed my zucchini before measuring. I’m not sure if the gf flour could have absorbed the excess liquid. Thanks for sharing!

  8. can anyone tell me if the calorie count is for the whole loaf or for one serving and if its a serving, how big is the serving? thank you!

  9. My husband and I love this bread! It’s so moist, chocolatey, and not too sweet – just the right amount of sweetness. I just made my second loaf of double chocolate zucchini bread and I also made another batch of the bread into muffins. In my second loaf/muffins I added some espresso powder to the dry ingredients to enhance the chocolate flavor. I’m so glad I found this recipe. Thank you, Maria!

  10. 5 stars
    Wow, this was delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to use the zucchini we grow in our garden, and this was perfect. Will definitely make again!

  11. The top burned before the middle got done. I can usually follow the temperature recommended in recipes, but not this time for some reason.

  12. 5 stars
    I made 2 chocolate zucchini loaves, this recipe and another and this one hands down came out the best tasting. It was richer in color, more moist and great tasting. I’m sold on this recipe it will be my go to for chocolate zucchini bread. Thank you.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It looks so delicious and yummy. I will try this recipe on my next weekend. I also bookmark this post for future use. Keep sharing more post like this.

  14. 5 stars
    My boyfriend turned his nose up when he heard what it was. I just said “try a slice” Now he can’t stop eating it!

  15. I tried to read through all the comments first, but didn’t find an answer to can you double the recipe or should I make separate loaves?

    1. You can double it if you are confident in evenly separating the batter into two pans. I am sure it will be just fine:)

  16. 5 stars
    Absolutely the very best chocolate zucchini bread I have ever tasted!! It was super easy and sooooooo very delicious! I used the jumbo chocolate chips because I had them on hand. Oh my my my! It’s like dessert!! So good! I will save this recipe for life! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  17. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe for the first time in muffin form. I was pressed for time, and these muffins are AWESOME! I was originally planning to take some to work, but after tasting one I’m not feeling so generous! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ll be making this one again and again!

  18. 5 stars
    Wonderfully yummy bread! Will add this one to my recipe box. Super moist and full of chocolate. Kids wouldn’t know there is zucchini in it! The next time I make it I’m going to bake it in 3 smaller (5.75 X 3 inch) pans and adjust the baking time accordingly. That way my husband and I can enjoy a loaf and still have 2 left to share with friends, neighbors or freeze for later!

  19. Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s in the oven now, filling my whole house in a beautiful chocolatey aroma! My 3 young kids are waiting impatiently to try the cake, asking me every 10 minutes “is it ready now?” The weirdest part is that they even saw me shred the zucchini but they still are excited!!! LoL This should be fun! Can’t wait!! Thanks a million!

  20. Your chocolate zucchini bread is delicious. I’ve made it twice and family and friends have asked for the recipe, which I gladly attempt to give them through Pinterest. I have a problem viewing the recipe when I click in read/visit. Your baby announcement comes up (congrats!) but can’t get past that. And it’s a little frustrating trying to locate the recipe at that point. Just thought you should be aware of this. Love your recipes tho. Thanks!

    1. That is so weird. I have never seen that. It must be a glitch when coming from Pinterest?? I will look into it! It isn’t part of the post so I don’t know how it is coming up!

  21. Any suggestions on what to substitute for the butter? I’m lactose intolerant but I still want to try this recipe if possible. Thanks!

  22. 5 stars
    OMG! I had a HUGE zucchini, so I doubled the recipe and used a bundt pan. Checked it at 60 – was done at 75. A super moist, dense chocolatey delight! Will make this OFTEN!

  23. 5 stars
    This has been the BEST zucchini bread Ive made in a loooong time. I made one just like the recipe and it was so good I made 3 more the next day (I got a MASSIVE zucchini from the garden). I subbed the butter for apple sauce (kept the coconut oil though) and it was just as moist. Also added nuts. Definitely writing this recipe down in my recipe book 🙂

  24. I LOVE this zucchini bread. The only thing is I find the baking powder taste is very prominent. Is there anything I can substitute it for or add to take the taste away?

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