Chocolate and Zucchini go together well!

Chocolate and Zucchini go together well!

Chocolate and zucchini mix well together to form Chocolate Zucchini bread!  It is an unbelievably chocolaty treat that tastes so good warm and maybe even better chilled.  Chilling it helps in cutting the loaf, so if you can be patient it may be worth the wait.  However, I won’t blame you if you cut into it right out of the oven! Eat it while it is warm and you will think you are eating a brownie.  No seriously you will!  It will not even dawn on you that a shredded veggie in there somewhere.  I love it!  

Considering the fact that the only vegetable that is going hog wild (what does that mean anyway?) in my garden is zucchini, I think that I will probably be making many loaves of Chocolate Zucchini bread!

zucchini from the garden waiting to be mixed with chocolate (only took 1 of these)

By the way, I have used different types of chocolate chips in the bread: regular sized  chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and the last time I used mini chocolate chips and these dispersed throughout the loaf spreading their chocolaty goodness just everywhere! I didn’t complain and my partner in chocolate crimes (my daughter) going back to 1995 didn’t complain either!

Okay here is the recipe bake it and enjoy! Gotta go I have a partial loaf in the fridge calling my name! In fact we devoured it so quickly that by the time I thought about taking any sort of pictures we had only a partial loaf left! oh well! 

the end result….and it has been tested and approved !

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Makes one 9 x 5 x 3 loaf
1 1/2 cups shredded raw zucchini (about 1/2 pound or one large)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 cup vegetable, canola or safflower oil
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee (crush the granules a bit so they will dissolve a little easier)
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (feel free to add more!)
Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray.
Grate zucchini set aside.
Whisk together all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the oil, both sugars, eggs, vanilla and instant coffee until well blended, approximately 2 minutes on medium speed.
Fold in grated zucchini.  Add the dry ingredients mixing just until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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