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Decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I need to tell you right now: if you don’t seriously love chocolate, skip this post. This recipe is strictly for chocolate lovers. It’s best if you are a dark chocolate lover although I think you could possibly mellow it out if you cut some of the chocolate and used milk chocolate chips. But I wouldn’t. Really, this is so good and dark and rich. And yes, it’s healthy too. All that dark chocolate is full of antioxidants–and hey it’s got zucchini in it so you are sneaking vegies into your pleasure zone. It’s low in fat, full of whole grains and if you wanted to cut the fat further, you could skip one of the eggs and use 2 more egg whites. This is not like any zucchini bread you’ve ever tasted. Did I mention it’s chocolate?

The recipe makes 2 loaves so you could eat one, and share one with one of your chocolate-loving friends. Or eat one, and freeze the other for chocolate emergencies. I’m having it for breakfast … all … week … long. Mmmmm. Chocolate.

Decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 1-oz. baking chocolate squares, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract. I like to use Mexican vanilla.
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips. Use really good quality chips like Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chocolate chips–you won’t be sorry.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread -- see, it starts out green!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray two 9×5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chocolate, cocoa, eggs, egg whites, sugar, oil, yogurt, zucchini, and vanilla. Beat well.
  4. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Sprinkle the tops of the loaves with raw sugar.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

I chopped up the chips a bit to distribute the chocolate taste …

I chopped up the chips a bit to distribute the chocolate flavor more ...

Done! I had to cut it right away …

The finished chocolate zucchini bread

Nutrition Information:

1 serving = 1/10 of 1 loaf

Nutrition information for Decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe analysis from http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/account/flog_add.php?tab=new_recipe

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Scharffen Berger.

This recipe was shared at Best Bread Recipes of 2011.

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15 responses

  1. This looks amazing! I love chocolate with strawberries. I’m going to have to try that basil lime pesto, too.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:16 am

    • Ann

      Thank you! This bread is awesome without anything added, but I think my very favorite way to eat this is warmed with light whipped cream and lots of berries.

      August 6, 2011 at 2:49 am

    • Ann

      I’m so excited for you to try it and so hope you like it! Thank you so much for visiting, Heather. :)

      August 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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  3. sheila iacopino

    can you use splenda instead of sugar and white whole wheat flour instead of regular whole wheat?

    August 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    • Ann

      I haven’t tried it with splenda, but I don’t see why not! I have used white whole wheat flour, though, and yes, it works beautifully.

      August 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

  4. Thanks for sharing this with me on FB looks AMAZING!! Must try :)

    September 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  5. Mmmm! This looks amazing! I think it’s a must try!
    Jo-Anna

    September 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm

  6. I am loving the combination of chocolate and zucchini! This bread looks fantastic.Thanks so much for linking them up in the Holiday Recipe Exchange!

    October 10, 2011 at 12:46 am

  7. This does look decadent! Thanks for sharing it as part of the best bread recipes of 2011!

    December 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

  8. I love this Ann!!! I just made it for my boys and they couldn’t stop eating it! It wonderful! <3 and hugs doll!

    June 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • Ann

      Debi I am SO excited you tried it and very very very happy your boys loved it … this is the kind of thing that makes it all worth it :)

      June 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  9. I am definitely making this soon! I have zucks just waiting to be used ;) Thanks!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • Ann

      You’re welcome! I am anxiously awaiting zucchini here …

      July 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

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