Sunday, August 18, 2013

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Are you ready for another Zucchini Bread?  I hope so!  My garden is overwhelming me with zucchini.  I’ve been adding them to everything I make.  So, why not another zucchini bread?  But, this one is zucchini bread with a twist. A chocolate twist!  If you’re a chocolate lover, this bread is for you!  It will delight everyone who eats it! The original recipe came from the Penzey’s Spice Catalog years ago.  It quickly became a family favorite. It’s the bread I would send in care packages for my kids when they were in college, to the delight of all their dorm mates. I’ve modified it a bit to my own taste. The original had more oil and sugar. I cut both back. I also like to sift the cocoa powder in with the flour.  It’s wonderfully decadent with an intense chocolate flavor. Sounds great doesn’t it? I enjoy mine with a smear of cream cheese.  Or, you could try it with some peanut butter.  Chocolate and peanut butter go great together. This bread has a slightly dense texture, and is very moist.  Honestly, who can go wrong with double chocolate anything? Try it; I know you’ll love it!


This recipe makes two loaves….I made two mini loaves and an 8x4
Intense chocolate flavor, and so moist
With my morning tea…heavenly!


Double~Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Adapted from Penzey’s Spice Co.

3 large eggs
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup canola oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ cup natural cocoa powder
2 cups zucchini, grated
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. flour
1 cup chopped nuts(optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Mix until well blended.  Grate the zucchini and set aside. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to the batter. Stir only enough to blend in all the dry ingredients. In another small bowl, coat the chocolate chips with 2 tsp. flour. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. Add the flour-coated chocolate chips to the batter along with the zucchini and nuts.  Spoon the batter into two generously greased and floured 8x4 inch loaf pans. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes. Remove from pans and continue to cool on a wire rack.


22 comments:

  1. I booked marked this because this is my next challenge.

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  2. I am going to bake this too! The loaves look awesome, Kathy.

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  3. Zucchini and chocolate is for sure one flavor combination I love. And in case you didn't know, it's not easy finding good recipes for this type of bread. I'm keeping this one Kathy!

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  4. This look absolutely delicious I love chocolate and zucchini!

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  5. Dear Kathy, I am a chocolate lover. This zucchini bread looks like my kind of zucchini bread! Just beautiful. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

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  6. This chocolate zucchini bread looks over the top delicious! My zucchini plants are loaded right now ;)

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  7. The zucchini bread looks delicious! Recently I've seen so many people baking with zucchini, yours look yummy!

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  8. This zucchini bread looks wonderful. I love chocolate. Chocolate and zucchini sounds fantastic. I will be making this soon:)

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  9. Yum, Kathy! I'll bet this is so moist and delicious!

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  10. What a delicious chocolatey bread :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  11. double chocolate = double delicious! Love this!

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  12. If you really twist my arm I could give this recipe a try :-). Seriously, it sounds sinfully delicious and I suspect will be appearing in many kitchens. I hope your day is off to a great start. Blessings...Mary

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  13. I love this type of bread and since it has double chocolate my name is written all over it!

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  14. I absolutely love zucchini bread but I've never had chocolate zucchini bread. Ooh I can't wait to try this. It will be doubly delicious and chocolaty as well. What could be better.

    By the way thank you so much for having my blog added to your list. I appreciate that.

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  15. I am very ready for this zucchini bread - it looks amazing!!!

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  16. Even with zucchini this looks decadent!

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  17. Wow, Kathy! you can have your chocolate, and your vegetables at the same time...couldn't ask for anything better. I haven't made a zucchini bread for over a year, but combine it with chocolate...sheer 'heaven'! Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe. A must make real soon!

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  18. I am awash in zucchini right now. Fritters, salads, roasted, blistered, fried, grated, soup... I think the only way I'm going to eat any more in the next couple of days is going to be if I can add chocolate and make these. They sound delicious!

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  19. Looks so delicious and inviting with the cream cheese.

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  20. Wow, that looks good, Kathy! My two zucchini plants keep flowering, but no fruits. I'm sure I'm an anomaly. I'm the same (usually green-thumb) gardener who can't grow sunflowers either. I'll have to pick up some zucchini just so I can make this one.

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  21. I have been looking at your Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread all week as I've run through my Facebook feed. It was a busy week so am just getting to this now. Wish I were nearer to take some of this veggie off your hands. I am gardenless now and will just a tiny freezer so I envy you both a garden and storage room. But, I need to give this a try so will depend on my farmers market for it. I also like your tip about sifting the cocoa powder in with the flour. It seems so simple altho I never thought of doing it. Nice post. Your last photo makes me hungry.

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