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Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chunks

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Gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread, a green zuchini and a dish with semisweet chocolate chunks

If you are looking for delicious recipes that use a lot of zucchini, look no further!

This is one of my family’s favorite things to make when we need to decide what to do with all the zucchini from our garden.

This yummy, chocolatey zucchini bread recipe uses a full three cups of shredded zucchini AND tastes amazing. 

Is this basically a dessert?


Will your kids beg you to make this for them whenever there are zucchini to be had?

Also yes.

This recipe makes use of an easy 1:1 gluten-free flour blend to get a light bread that tastes just as good as the kind made with wheat flour.

If you aren’t gluten-free, this bread will still whip up with good results by using an all-purpose baking flour and the same directions. (note: this isn’t always true with GF recipes but in this case it is!)

Are you just here for the recipe? If you are one of those “just give me the recipe!” people, SCROLL DOWN. The printable version of the recipe without the helpful hints is at the bottom of the post

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Ingredients

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Directions

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (177 C).

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step  2: 

Squeeze out the shredded zucchini. 

To do this, lay out a cloth hand towel. On top of the towel lay out either a clean flour sack type towel or paper towels.

Spread the shredded zucchini out on the towel in an even layer. Top it with more paper towels or another flour sack style towel.

Next, roll the towel up from one side to the side across from it. Press down on the roll. 

Carefully unroll the towels, lift the top towel and gather the zucchini shreds and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 3: 

eggs and zucchini to make gluten free chocolate zucchini bread

To the mixing bowl with the zucchini, add:

and 4 large eggs. 

Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until well mixed. 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 4: 

In a separate bowl, combine:

Mix it together with a whisk until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients from this bowl to the zucchini mixture bowl and stir well to combine using a sturdy spoon or the mixing paddle on your stand mixer. 

gluten free chocolate zucchini bread batter

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 5: 

Fold in the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.

How to fold in chocolate chips: 

  1. Spread the chocolate chips across the top of the batter in the bowl. 
  2. Next, scoop a large amount of batter from the side of the bowl onto the chocolate chips
  3. Rotate the bowl 180 degrees and do it again.

Repeat this until the chocolate chips seem to be mixed uniformly throughout the batter.

Why fold instead of stirring?

Folding is a better way to incorporate a chunky item into a thick batter vs stirring in a circle.

Stirring in a circle might spread everything out across the stop of the batter but not have the chips evenly distributed all throughout – which is what we want.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 6: 

Pour chocolate zucchini bread batter into a loaf pan and bake in 350 (F) degree oven for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Step 7: 

Allow the zucchini bread to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. 


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Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 60 MTotal time: 75 M

This easy gluten free quick bread uses three full cups of zucchini and tastes like a dessert. Your kids will love eating “chocolate cake” that secretly has veggies hidden inside!


  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour mix 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp gluten-free, aluminum free baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 10 oz semi sweet or dark chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 (F).
  2. Grease a large 9×5 loaf pan.
  3. Dry out the zucchini by rolling it or pressing it in towels.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine zucchini, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and eggs until well mixed.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, backing powder, salt and cinnamon with a whisk until well blended.
  6. Mix dry flour mixture into the wet zucchini mixture until well combined.
  7. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  8. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350(F) for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


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Carissa Bonham, 2014

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About the Author:

Carissa is a cookbook author and busy mom of two creative boys. 

The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she has won multiple awards for her work on Creative Green Living including the “Best Green Lifestyle Blogger” award in 2019 from ShiftCon.

She is the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls, as well as the backyard chicken keeping guide: Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens

Her recipes have been featured in Urban Farm Magazine and in several cookbooks where she was a contributing author. 

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