Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Gluten Free)

This moist and decadent double chocolate zucchini bread has all the flavor of a rich chocolate cake without a hint of zucchini taste! The best thing? It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and therefore a pretty healthy dessert!

a sliced loaf of double chocolate zucchini bread on a cooling rack with some cocoa powder in the background

If you’ve never heard of zucchini bread before, I know what you’re thinking right now.

At best, you’re finding this recipe “interesting but weird” or… you just think it’s disgusting. I’ve been there too.

And then I’ve let the food-adventurer side of me express herself and…I’m so glad I did!

I think the first time I heard about zucchini bread was on SkinnyTaste, about 3 years ago. I love Gina’s recipes, made lots of them already and they’re always delicious.

So when she said that there was no way you could tell her bread had zucchini in it, well I just trusted her and gave it a go. And of course, she was right!

Lady zucchini is really playing the sneaky/hiding game here and it just makes this double chocolate zucchini bread super moist.

close-up of a rich double chocolate zucchini bread cut into slices to reveal the moist and chocolatey crumb

Speaking of “moist”, I’ve heard some people really hate this word and not being a native speaker, I must admit that I don’t really get why.

What’s wrong with it? I want to know because I’m using it a lot!

Anyway, sorry but I have to say it again because it is what is: this double chocolate zucchini bread is really moist and you’re going to love it!

Solal, the Uncontested Master of All Things Chocolate gave his seal of approval by eating two slices of double chocolate zucchini bread for breakfast this morning on top of his regular tuna breakfast (not together, fear not!).

He also took three slices to work for 1. morning snack 2. lunch dessert 3. afternoon snack. Trust me when I say that you DO NOT want to mess with Solal’s chocolate desserts.

If they’re not super rich and chocolatey, he will not approve. This double chocolate zucchini bread is everything a chocoholic could dream of.

It is loaded with chocolate chips, moist (here it comes again), with just the right density and…gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar-free and all in all, pretty good for you!

Now, who’s gonna try this delicious double chocolate zucchini bread?

overhead shot of a loaf of double chocolate zucchini bread on a loaf tin with some cocoa powder and chocolate in the background

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A rich chocolate treat that's actually healthy and gluten free? Look no further, this double chocolate zucchini bread is for you! You will never guess there are veggies hidden in this delicious dessert! - Find the recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com
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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Gluten Free)

This moist and decadent double chocolate zucchini bread has all the flavor of a rich chocolate cake without a hint of zucchini taste! The best thing? It's gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and therefore a pretty healthy dessert! 

Course Dessert, Treat
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate zucchini bread, gluten-free loaf cakes, healthy baking, healthy zucchini bread recipe, sugar-free baking, zucchini bread recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour you can also use all purpose/plain wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar you can also use brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 200g - 7 oz
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder you won't taste it, it just amplifies the chocolate taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 tbsp refined coconut oil melted - you can also use melted butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly shredded zucchini peeled (about 6.5 oz - 180 g once shredded)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F - 180C. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside. If using a non-stick pan, you can simply grease it.

  2. In a large bowl, add flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking soda, baking powder, salt and coffee powder. Mix well to combine.
  3. In another bowl, crack the eggs and beat them with a whisk. Add applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Add shredded zucchini and mix using a wooden spoon or a spatula.

  4. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined (do not overmix).

  5. Pour batter in prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (it took mine 50 minutes).
  6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (and more ideally). Remove the bread from the pan and serve when completely cool.

Recipe Notes

 I find that this bread tastes better the next day, after a night in the fridge. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it and thaw at your convenience at room temperature.

 

Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction and SkinnyTaste

Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 272mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 13g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 6.8%
Calcium 8.2%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More gluten free zucchini bread recipes you might like: 

 

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29 Comments
  1. These look delish. Do you think it would be possible to use more egg and zucchini in place of the apple sauce? I don’t have any of that on hand, and I’m loaded with squash right now.

    1. I’m not sure Ingrid. I think the result would be quite different but it could work. Let me know if you give it a try, I’d love to know if it turns out.

      1. I ended up going to the store, so used some applesauce. I mucked around with your recipe a bit, though, I’m afraid. I substituted butter for half the applesauce, and made muffins instead of bread (baked for 26 minutes). The crumb is a little dense (probably because of my changes), but I like them enough to try again another time. Thanks!

  2. I don’t understand the issue with moist, either! I say it all the time in my recipes. I want everything I make to moist unless it’s a cracker or something. 😉

    This bread looks fantastic! I love chocolate zucchini goodies.

    And on a random note – are there some social media follow icons somewhere that I’m not finding? I went to your about page and found links there but only Twitter works! Luckily I found links on your mobile page. 🙂

    1. Thank you Erin! I’m glad I’m not the only one using “moist” all the time haha.
      I didn’t know the links in my about page were broken, thanks so much for the heads up! I did have icons in my sidebar before but removed them a little while ago to make a test (in favor of Pinterest), and I’m planning on adding them back soon. Sorry for the trouble! I’m happy you finally found them 🙂

  3. Making this now and the batter seems so thick. I had to add 1/2 c more of applesauce and it’s still pretty thick. Also too much batter for one standard sized load pan, so I poured it into two loaf pans. I made sure to follow the recipe exactly. Hmm..I wonder what I am doing wrong?

    1. Hi Rachelle! The batter is supposed to be thick, don’t worry about that 🙂 I’m surprised about the size of the pan. Maybe we have different standard size in the US and in Australia? I hope you enjoyed the bread anyway!

    1. You can find them online (Amazon has some) and in some health food stores. The other option is to buy sugar free chocolate bars and chop them. Hope this helps!

  4. Made this twice – second time with “flax eggs” and it was a hit. I used Trader Joes gluten free flour, added 1 teaspoon cinnamon, was a little short on zucchini and made up the difference with a bit more applesauce. Used organic canola oil instead of coconut oil. 1/2 cup chips was enough. Organic brown sugar. Took a little longer to bake as it’s very moist. Baked for about 65 – 70 minutes in a loaf pan.

  5. This recipe is perfection! My family loves it. I add 1/4 cup of maple syrup because I like it a little sweeter but I wouldn’t change anything else. Hard to mess with perfection.

  6. I doubled this recipe to make four mini loaves and one regular sized loaf. I used butter rather than the coconut oil, and added a tablespoon of canola oil to boot. Mini loaves rose nicely, and were moist and chocolately. Full loaf did not rise as high, but was still tastey despite not being quite so attractive.

  7. It’s in the oven now. I followed the recipe exactly. While the amount of sugar didn’t seem enough for all the cocoa, I’m trusting everyone who’ve posted. Fingers crossed!!

  8. Making these for the second time now. I froze them and didn’t want to wait for them to defrost last time. Fyi— super amazing late night snack if you microwave it for a minute or two. Like a warm chocolatey cake. Delicious!

  9. I cannot get over how moist (no problem with that word here either) this loaf looks! The list of ingredients looks great and the process is so straightforward that I see myself making this quite a lot!

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