Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

By Rena |

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe is healthy, fluffy, moist, and easy to make. It is a simple zucchini bread recipe that’s perfect to enjoy as a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.

stacks of zucchini bread slices on a parchment paper

Perfectly moist healthy zucchini bread recipe that will leave your home smelling so delicious. This zucchini bread is made with maple syrup instead of refined sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. Zucchini adds a kick of nutrition to this chocolate chip bread recipe and gives it that moist texture we all love in baked goodies. If you like, you can use this same batter to make muffins instead for the kids to grab and go! This healthy chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe will sure be a winner for years to come.

Why you will love this zucchini bread recipe

  • Healthy and nutritious: This chococlate chip zucchini bread recipe is made with healthy incredients and espcially with the addition of zucchini. It is loaded with fiber and packed with nutrients.
  • Moist and delicious: You will love how moist and tasty this zucchini bread is. It will be hard to stop at a single serving.
  • Easy to make: This healthy zucchini bread is easy to make once you prepped your ingredients. Mix in the dry with wet ingredients , and then add the shredded zucchini. Easy to follow intsructions.
top view zucchini bread slices with a side of chocolate chips in a small heart shaped white bowl

Ingredients you will need to make this healthy zucchini and some substitutes

  • Zucchini – about 2 cups shredded – that’s before squeezing – wash the zucchini well before shredding.
  • Seasonings: salt, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Flour: we used whole wheat flour but any other flour of choice will work. All-purpose or gluten-free.
  • Oats: old-fashioned/rolled oats work best. Use gluten-free if you have any gluten allergies. If you dont have rolled oats you can use quick oats.
  • Vanilla extract – to offset the taste of the eggs
  • Two Eggs
  • Maple syrup: you may use honey instead. Other options are agave or monk fruit sugar. Brown sugar and cane sugar will also work. You may need to add 1/2 cup of almond milk if using dry sugar in place of maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil: or any other oil of choice
  • Chocolate chips: use dark, semi sweet, dairy-free, or sugar-free chocolate chips
ingredients to make chocolate chip zucchini bread

How to make this healthy and delicious chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the zucchini: Shred the zucchini, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let it sit, draining in a colander for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the dry ingredients: To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well.
vanilla being poured over wet ingredients in batter
  • Make the wet ingredients: Stir in the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and whisk to combine.
  • Add zucchini into the batter: Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the zucchini, then fold into the batter together with the chocolate chips.
shredded zucchini added over batter
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake the bread: Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Let the chocolate zucchini bread cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes, before slicing and serving.
top view stacks of zucchini loaf bread

Frequently asked questions

Do I peel zucchini for bread?

As tempting as it is to peel the zucchini you definitely don’t need to peel it when using it to make bread. The skin of the zucchini is edible and ok to leave on and shred to make zucchini bread. Make sure you wash the zucchini well.

How do you wash zucchini?

All you need is your hands and cold water. Run the zucchini under cold running water and use your finger to rub it down and remove any dirt that may be clinging to it. You can then dry the zucchini using a paper towel.

Should you remove seeds from zucchini?

No. You do not need to remove the seed from the zucchini. Every part of the zucchini is edible and ok to eat. You can hold the whole zucchini and start shredding with its skin and seeds.

What does zucchini replace in baking?

Zucchini is used to add texture and moisture to your baked goods. It is usually used in place of apple sauce or bananas.

top view of sliced zucchini bread

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Easy to make and healthy zucchini bread recipe made with oats, whole-wheat flour, zucchini, maple syrup, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and other simple ingredients. Moist, flavorful, and perfect for snack or dessert option.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini about 2 cups shredded – that’s before squeezing
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats or gluten-free option
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips divided, or dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Shred the zucchini, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let it sit, draining in a colander for 10 minutes.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well.
  • Stir in the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and whisk to combine.
  • Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the zucchini, then fold into the batter together with the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the chocolate zucchini bread cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes, before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Allow the zucchini bread to cool before cutting. 
  • Make sure you drain the zucchini. It is an important step.
  • Any flour of choice will work. If you have gluten allergies you can use gluten-free
  • We used rolled oats. Quick oats work too.
  • You may use honey in place of maple syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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