Chocolate Zucchini Bread {That tastes more like Cake!}

Chocolate zucchini bread that tastes more like cake than bread. Simple and delicious treat that uses up zucchini!

chocolate zucchini bread

Chocolate zucchini bread time! I forgot about my zucchini plant for a week or so and ended up with a couple MASSIVE zucchinis that I was not interested in eating really but did not want to waste… so the answer of course was zucchini bread.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This is the recipe I made, multiple times actually, and it tastes more like cake than bread.  I shared with friends (even though I wanted to eat it all myself) and everyone who tried it loved it. Even my kids were fooled into thinking it was a wonderful “treat.” The recipe is very zucchini heavy, but the flavor is mostly hidden by the strong chocolate flavor and hints of vanilla and cinnamon. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did, I am keeping this recipe handy for zucchini season for years to come! Also, you will notice a Yum button below, I have recently joined Yummly and invite you to add my recipes to your own Yummly inbox.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe from Rainbow Delicious
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread that tastes more like cake than bread. Simple and delicious treat that uses up zucchini!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword monkey bread, treat, zucchini, zucchini bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 479 kcal


  • 4 C grated zucchini
  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs**
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1 t vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain grated zucchini in thin strainer to get rid of excess moisture until needed.
  3. In large bowl mix together flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. In another bowl beat together sugar and eggs until smooth. Add melted butter, cinnamon and vanilla and mix to combine.
  5. Add drained zucchini into the wet mixture and combine.
  6. Add the four portion to the wet ingredients in 3 portions, stirring to combine.
  7. Pour batter into two loaf pans.
  8. Bake in oven for 50 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for five minutes. Then remove from loaf pans and let cool completely.
  10. Wait until cool to eat. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

* This recipe turns out great with GF flour as well! We made a batch with the gluten free flour mix from Trader Joe’s and it was just as amazing as with regular flour.

** In place of eggs you can substitute 2 T chia seeds mixed with 6 T water and it is great! We did that too for one of the batches (because I was out of eggs).

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.6g30%
Saturated Fat 11.8g74%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 1528mg66%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 73.1g24%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 7.4g15%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Just how I like it! I always load in zucchini to so many things! Pancakes, muffins, breads!

  2. I love this! Make one now and freeze now for later! Perfect for school lunches and the kids think it’s just a treat! LOVE IT!

  3. I love, love, love chocolate zucchini bread! It is one of my favorite things to do with zucchini, I only wish I had grown a plant this year. Going to have to again next year because not only are the zucchini good but stuff and fry the blossoms and oh man are they delicious!

    • You’ll have to get some from your farmer’s market this year and definitely get back to growing zucchini next year! The blossoms really are delicious too!

  4. I have some zucchinis that I need to use this week, too, and now I have another great recipe to rely on! I mean, chocolate AND zucchini? That’s a no brainer! :o) Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Great job–that looks so moist and delicious! And I am always good with adding more vanilla to anything!

  6. Anything that includes zucchini but tastes like cake has to be sorcery in my book! I’m excited to try this for myself!

  7. I have everything to make this – might be happening even later tonight, ha! thank you.

  8. Wow, it looks so amazing, I can only imagine how moist and tender this is.

  9. I love zucchini bread but have not made it with chocolate before… I bet its fantastic!

  10. I love Zucchini bread! Yours look moist and I completely agree that it tastes like cake. Love that we can give this to the kiddos for a snack and not feel guilty! 🙂

  11. I love, love, LOVE zucchini bread, so having some variations on the regular old recipes is awesome. And chocolate is always a great idea! Two great tastes… :o) Thanks!

  12. Chocolate bread that tastes just like cake? Yes please! This looks scrumptious!

  13. This looks delicious and so tender! I’ve still not baked with zucchini and I don’t know why it keeps slipping my mind as this looks so fantastic!

  14. Love this, such a great idea to make two and freeze one. This is such a healthy treat for school lunchboxes too!

  15. I can definitely get on board with zucchini bread that tastes like cake. Looks wonderful!

  16. 5 stars
    Love how tasty and easy this recipe is!! A favorite for sure!

  17. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says

    I am definitely going to have to give this a try, it sounds very tasty!

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