This Double Chocolate Banana Zucchini Bread recipe is a healthy, easy way to use up some of your extra zucchini!
Heads up: This recipe was first published in 2014. Photos were updated in 2017.
It’s the time of year when you can easily eat zucchini for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. And I have been.
Today, I bring you dessert. Or, if you are so inclined, breakfast. I mean, this quick bread does have zucchini and bananas. Also, it’s made with whole wheat flour. That totally makes it breakfast-worthy, right? I think so. I’m always down with chocolate for breakfast.But really, we eat this for dessert. It’s healthier than your average dessert as I reduced the sugar drastically compared to most quick breads. With two ripe bananas in the mix, you don’t need a ton of added sugar, so half a cup of whole cane sugar was plenty here.
This recipe produces such a moist and decadent loaf, you won’t believe it’s actually a healthy Double Chocolate Banana Zucchini Quick Bread. (<—–there’s a mouthful for you!) Even with reduced sugar and reduced oil, this bread tastes like dessert. With both zucchini and yogurt in the ingredient list you are bound to end up with a super moist bread. Sorry I keep using that word, but really, it’s the only way to describe this loaf. The whole wheat flour and greek yogurt also boost the protein content.
If you are worried about your kids not liking this because of the zucchini, you can’t even tell it’s there. The dark color of the loaf disguises it well. As you can see in the pictures, it’s not totally undetectable, but for kids who are excited about eating a piece of chocolate bread, trust me, they won’t care.When Meghan saw this loaf cooling on the counter when she got home from school one day this week, she squealed. After trying it, she said, “This tastes like chocolate cake!”
Every time I’ve made it since then, it’s been a hit. Everyone who has tried it has loved it. I hope it makes your family as happy as it makes mine.
Double Chocolate Banana Zucchini Bread
This Double Chocolate Banana Zucchini Bread is healthier than your average quick bread, but you’d never know it! It’s moist, decadent, and wholesome.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 12 slices
- Category: bread
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Sucanat or organic sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (from 2-3 bananas)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda well. Make sure there are no clumps from the cocoa powder.
- In a large bowl or electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the coconut oil and sugar about 2-3 minutes. The mixture will resemble wet sand.
- Add the eggs one at a time, allowing them to incorporate well after each addition.
- Next, add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined.
- Now add in the banana, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and zucchini and do not over mix.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Start to check the bread at 45 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean, it is ready. My loaf was perfect at 51 minutes, but ovens can vary. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 228
- Sugar: 20 grams
- Fat: 9.2 grams
- Carbohydrates: 33 grams
- Protein: 4.9 grams
If you make this Double Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread, I would love to see it! Snap a picture and share in on the Happy Healthy Mama Facebook Page (I allow public posts on my page) or on your Instagram page and tag me @happyhealthymama 🙂
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If you have zucchini coming out of your ears and need even more baking or cooking ideas, try one of my other recipes with zucchini: