Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is as amazing as it looks and super easy! {Brittany's Pantry}Just a quick entry to pass this recipe along.  So here it is!  I promised you a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini bread, and this gal delivers.  Yes, this tastes a lot like cake, but because it is baked in a loaf pan and very much resembles the other zucchini bread recipes you have seen-but with chocolate-I am calling it a bread.  Feel free to use this excuse to justify eating it for breakfast…”But its bread!  Practically health food!”

In other news, I found my recipe for double dark chocolate tea bread.  This is a very good thing…

In case you are looking for other ways to use up your zucchini, some of these might help.  Try Earth BreadZucchini & Corn with Basil, Vegetables with Pasta, and Shepherd’s Pie.  And don’t forget to try the One Year Ago recipe.  So mouthwatering!Chocolate Zucchini Bread is as amazing as it looks and super easy! {Brittany's Pantry} One Year Ago: Tortellini W/Shrimp, Zucchini, and Tomato Cream Sauce

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
This bread tastes even better the next day.  It also freezes beautifully so go ahead and make a double batch to use up even more zucchini.  Cool the loaves completely and seal in a freezer bag.

1 c flour
1 c white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
1/3 c cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
3 eggs
1 1/4 c sugar
3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 c grated zucchini (about 1 medium)
3/4 c chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and carefully combine with a wooden spoon or spatula.  Fold in zucchini and walnuts, if using.  Divide batter evenly among two, 8 inch loaf pans that have been sprayed.  Smooth out the tops and bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes, or until center is dry and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.