Healthy Zucchini Bread w/ Chocolate Chips

11.27.2020

I’m sharing an incredible, healthy zucchini bread recipe today. It’s perfectly sweet, loaded with chocolate chips, and bursting with flavor.

this healthy zucchini bread is ready for the oven.

It doesn’t get much better than some warm, healthy zucchini bread with gooey chocolate chips. This recipe makes a great compliment to a good cup of coffee, or as an afternoon snack.

Zucchini bread is part of the quick bread family. It originated in America in the late 18th century. Bakers first used an ingredient called pearlash as the leavening agent, as baking powder wasn’t commonly used until the next century.

whole food ingredients are a great start to a great zucchini bread recipe

How to make Zucchini Bread Healthy

I grew up eating zucchini bread that my mom would make. It made the entire house smell wonderful and we’d devour it in a day. This recipe is very similar to that one— yet we took it a step farther and added chocolate. It turns from a basic quick bread into a decadent dessert— yet still using clean, healthy ingredients.

Here’s some of the highlights:

Combine the natural sweeteners in this healthy zucchini bread chocolate chip recipe
How to prep fresh zucchini for bread

Flaxeggs

This healthy zucchini bread uses a flax egg instead of regular eggs. This is a great way to make it vegan-friendly and also packed with omega 3-s, which are healthy fats that have been shown to lower blood pressure.

To make 1 flax egg, combine 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 2.5 tbsp of water. Stir together, then let sit for 5 minutes. The flaxseed + water should bond together, and help the bread mixture hold together as well. As an added bonus, the flaxseed will give this bread some extra fiber!

Mixing ingredients for healthy zucchini bread

Natural Sweeteners

We’ve swapped out the traditional sugar with maple syrup, coconut sugar and apple sauce to create a vitamin-rich sweet bread. I am always trying to find ways to use natural sweeteners rather than processed sugars in my recipes. You can get the same result, yet add in more nutrients and health benefits.

Whole Wheat Flour & Almond Flour

We’re using whole wheat and almond flour to add additional fiber, protein and a denser, hearty result. I like my bread to have some weight to it— so I can spread it with butter, almond butter or even drizzle some honey on top.

this healthy zucchini bread is ready for the oven.

Zucchini Bread Ingredient Swaps

Quick breads like this chocolate zucchini bread recipe, are a great snack idea as they really are quick. All the ingredients for this bread can be combined in the same bowl, which makes for less mess. You can also change up the ingredients to fit what you have on hand, and it’ll still taste great!

  • Flours: Instead of adding in almond flour, feel free to use all whole wheat flour. You can also swap the flour out for your fav gluten free all-purpose baking flour.
  • Oils: The coconut oil can be swapped out for avocado or olive oil.
  • Spices: If cinnamon and/or nutmeg aren’t your jam, swap those out for your preferred spices.
  • Maple Syrup: Can swap with honey or cane sugar.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread add-ins

One reason I love zucchini bread is that you can make it different every time, depending on what you like/have on hand. I always treat the healthy zucchini bread recipe as my base, then add in fun toppings as I go. For this recipe, I chose the family fav of walnuts + chocolate chips. Try dried fruit, or fun spices such as cardamom, or even pumpkin spice. The possibilities are almost endless with this easy recipe. Almost any nut can be swapped in for the walnuts, or a great seed like hemp hearts.

More healthy snack recipes

Snacks make or break my healthy habits. If I’ve got good, nutritious + delicious snacks on hand, then I know I’ll win the day where good food choices are concerned. So I’m always creating new snack options for myself and this awesome community. Keep reading for some great snack options I think you’ll love just as much as this healthy zucchini bread:

What are some of your go-to snacks? I’d love to hear about them! Drop a comment so that you can share what fun recipes get you through the day.

Healthy zucchini bread recipe with chocolate chips on a cutting board
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Healthy zucchini bread, ready to eat

Healthy Zucchini Bread


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan… though you can’t even tell!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, packed + shredded (squeeze out excess moisture with a paper towel)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or additional whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a 8×4 loaf pan with parchment paper or grease it with a little extra oil.
  2. Make Flax eggs: Stir 2 Tbs flaxseeds in 5 Tbs water, and let set for 5 minutes.
  3. Take the grated zucchini and place it in the middle of a clean dish towel or large paper towel. Wrap the zucchini in the towel and squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, flax eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, maple syrup, and milk. Mix.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except zucchini and chocolate chips to the bowl. Mix well until batter has an even consistency.
  6. Add drained zucchini and chocolate chips to the batter. Fold them in.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and top with extra chocolate chips if desired.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until bread is golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean. Allow bread to cool in pan for 20 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy zucchini bread, chocolate chip zucchini bread

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I made this recipe but I may have added too much zucchini ( two whole zucchini’s grated). As a result, it came out undercooked in the middle. I tried to cook it longer but it did not seem to rectify the gooey centre. That’s the advantage of plant-based food! You can still eat it even if it’s undercooked!! I will try adding the correct amount next time. Definitely a keeper!!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you gave it a bake, Jennifer! Next time, yes def use just 1 cup of grated zucchini and be sure to squeeze out all of the excess moisture, since zucchini holds a lot of water.

  2. Erin says:

    Zucchini is becoming a staple vegetable in my house, thanks for a new way to use it! I love that this bread has a veggie in it that gives it moisture, but really doesn’t alter the bread ‘flavor’ much. So good!

  3. Dani M. says:

    The chocolate chips were def my favorite part— haha! I made sure to squeeze out the zucchini because I heard how it can be very liquidy and mess everything up. I also used less oil since I’m trying to watch that it was really good. I love all the natural sweeteners in this instead of refined sugar. I actually felt like my treat was a healthy snack!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Chocolate chips for the win! I’m glad you have it a shot and had success Dani.

  4. Kavli Kukreja says:

    Oh my!! I just harvested the last of the season zucchini from my garden this afternoon! Guess what I’ll be baking?!! Yay. Thanks for posting.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Kavli! Zucchini bread from home-grown zucchinis is always the best!!

  5. Keeley says:

    Also try aquafaba instead of flax seeds.

  6. Keeley says:

    Instead of chocolate add dates!

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