Classic zucchini bread gets an upgrade when you swirl in chocolate and chocolate chips!
Is your garden done producing vegetables for the year? I feel like mine just started but I’ve heard a lot of people say theirs is done. I have a ton of tomatoes but I’m waiting on them to turn red – they’re all still green. I had six that were red that mysteriously disappeared a couple weeks ago. We have both a groundhog and a (super aggressive) chipmunk that run around the deck so I would guess one of them got to them. I grew and ate my first squash this year so I was pretty excited about that. I was especially excited that no one/nothing stole it. I didn’t plant any zucchini but my dad brought me some from his garden and I knew I wanted to make zucchini bread.
I’ve done zucchini bread several ways over the years but I thought a swirl of chocolate with mini chocolate chips would be a good idea. I like to add chocolate to just about any dessert. It was an excellent idea because this bread turned out really good. I added applesauce to convince myself that since it has both zucchini and applesauce in it, it’s totally healthy (fruit and veggies AND chocolate!). I have a way of talking myself into things. It’s really moist and I liked it best after a few seconds in the microwave to warm it up. My daughter helped me eat a bit of it but if we’re being honest, I ate the majority of the loaf by myself.
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/3 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce and sugar.
- Add in the eggs and mix.
- Add in the shredded zucchini, water, and vanilla. Stir together.
- Add in the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend together.
- Pour half of the batter into your prepared loaf pan.
- To the remaining batter, add in the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and stir to fully incorporate.
- Pour the chocolate batter on top of the plain batter.
- Insert a butter knife and gently swirl to make a marbled pattern. Don't overmix or you'll end up with all chocolate bread.
- Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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