Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Makes 1 8½-inch-by-4½-inch loaf

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Lightly grease an 8½-inch-by-4½-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, oil, brown sugar, cocoa, zucchini and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until well-combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
    Batter for double chocolate zucchini bread in tin before baking
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  7. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Note that there might be a light smear of chocolate from the melted chocolate chips.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
  9. Cool the bread completely before slicing. If you like, serve garnished with a drizzle of melted chocolate and more chocolate chips. Store well-wrapped and at room temperature.
Sliced loaf of double chocolate zucchini bread
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Oh, we are in LOVE with this one! We don’t think anybody would ever guess that there’s zucchini hidden in there, do you? And yet it totally is, adding a little extra delicate, sweet vegetable power to this super chocolaty bread. And WOW, is it chocolaty! With cocoa powder AND chocolate chips – plus the option of drizzling more chocolate on top and/or adding additional chocolate chips for garnish – it’d be easy to think that it would be a little too much, but in reality, it’s just right. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, a snack— or all three!

Now you tell us: what do YOU think? Have you ever had a similar Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread before? Do you think you’ll give it a try? How would you adapt this recipe to make it your own?