This vegan chocolate zucchini bread is rich and delicious, studded with chocolate chips and packed with plenty of sweet flavor! Try this for a tasty snack or simple dessert!

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When zucchini is in season, I’m always looking for new ways to use it! I love adding it to pasta, and I can always whip up zucchini noodles, but sometimes I want to get a little more creative with it. Especially with a picky toddler in the house, sometimes I have to resort to hiding zucchini in other places. Sometimes, I blend it into a smoothie, but my favorite way to use it is in this chocolate zucchini bread. It’s so moist and delicious, it’s sweet enough to be enjoyed as a dessert. Trust me, this quick bread won’t last long!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Zucchini– You’ll need about 8oz of grated zucchini, which is one large zucchini or two small zucchini. After shredding the zucchini, blot with a few paper towels.
  • Flour– To measure flour accurately, spoon the flour into the measuring cup until it’s overflowing, then level it off with a straight edge. Avoid compacting the flour or tapping the cup, as this can lead to using too much flour and result in dense or dry baked goods.
  • Baking powder & baking soda– These help the bread rise. You need both in this recipe.
  • Cinnamon– This adds a subtle flavor that pairs nicely with the cocoa.
  • Cocoa powder– Plain unsweetened cocoa powder adds a rich chocolatey flavor.
  • Salt– A pinch of salt helps balance the sweetness.
  • Brown sugar– Light or dark brown sugar can be used. Coconut sugar can also be used, if desired.
  • Unsweetened almond milk– Feel free to substitute with dairy milk, oat milk, or soy milk.
  • Oil– Any neutral oil can be used here. Melted coconut oil can also be used, but be sure it’s not too hot when adding to the batter or it can melt the chocolate chips.
  • Apple cider vinegar- This helps the bread rise. You can substitute it with white vinegar.
  • Vegan chocolate chips– Ensure that the chocolate chips are vegan to keep this recipe dairy-free. I also like to sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top.

How to Shred Zucchini

Use a large box grater to grate the zucchini. There is no need to peel the zucchini first. Once it’s shredded, blot it with a few paper towels to remove some of the excess moisture.

How to Make Vegan Zucchini Bread