Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – Oh Sweet Basil

August 18, 2019 / Recipes
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – Oh Sweet Basil

Our youngest daughter has been making her own little cooking videos lately. This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is her latest production.  We love that our children want to cook, and I’m trying to be good about letting her roll with things instead of being too busy to cook with her.



They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and it makes me giddy inside that our 8-year-old is trying to be like her momma!  What really makes me the most giddy is that all my kids devour this deliciously moist bread that is full of shhhhh…don’t tell them…a vegetable!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if all vegetables could be incorporated into scrumptious desserts?!  Don’t get me wrong…I love me some veggies, but I love desserts even more!  This quick bread is sweet, moist, and best served warm with a little butter.

Zucchini in a Dessert

When I was a kid, I remember thinking that zucchini bread was just about the most disgusting thing on earth.  Excuse me?!  Chunks of green zucchini in a dessert?  I. DON’T. THINK. SO.  I wouldn’t come within 10 yards of the stuff! Once I gave it a try (after several years of my mom trying to get me to try it), I realized that it was actually delicious.  I pray every day that my children won’t be as picky as I was about food growing up, and if this chocolate chip zucchini bread is any measure, we are on the right track!  They gobble it up!


a photo of a stack of four slices of zucchini sitting on a gold wire cooling rack with the slices laying on their side looking at the top of the bread which is sprinkled with mini chocolate chips


Chocolate Chips Make Everything Better

When our daughter decided to make this zucchini bread recipe, she insisted on adding chocolate chips.  Kids love chocolate chips…heck, I love chocolate chips!  They just make everything better!  Just like they do in our Pumpkin Banana Bread or our Double Chocolate Banana Muffins!

We decided to go with the mini chocolate chips so that those little morsels could fill every single bite of this quick bread, but you could use regular chocolate chips or even chocolate chunks….yummmm!  That might be the only time the word “chunk” sounds like a positive thing…oh unless you’re talking about a little squishy baby!  Then the more chunk the better!


What is a Quick Bread?

Ok I’m getting carried away, back to this chocolate chip zucchini bread!  It is a quick bread, meaning that it is leavened (rises) with an ingredient other than yeast or eggs.  The leavening agents in this bread is the combination of baking soda and baking powder.


an overhead picture of a loaf of sliced chocolate chip zucchini bread still in the bread pan


Is Zucchini Really a Vegetable?

Botanically, zucchini is actually a fruit, but in the culinary world it is considered a vegetable.  It is also very healthy. It is a great source of manganese and vitamin C as well as dietary fiber.  We need all of those things to keep our bodies in good shape and to boost health.  Zucchini also contains vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus.  Bottom line…eat lots of it!  Especially in zucchini bread!


Does Zucchini Bread Need to Be Refrigerated?

The answer to this depends on how long you want it to last.  It is fine left on the counter at room temperature but it will only last about 1-2 days.  If you want it to last a little longer, wrap it in foil or in plastic wrap, and stick it in the refrigerator.  It will last there for up to a week.  Zucchini bread also freezes well.  Wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock bag.  It will last there for 2-3 months.  Just pull it out and let it come to room temperature to eat it.


a photo of slices of chocolate chip zucchini bread tipped over on top of each other on top of a gold wire cooling rack


Can Zucchini Bread Be Made into Muffins?

Sometimes you just want muffins rather than a big loaf of bread!  Muffins are easier to share with neighbors and friends too.  The good news with this recipe is that you can do both!  It makes two loaves of bread, so why not make one loaf of bread AND a dozen muffins?!  Or you could just go ahead and make two dozen muffins!


What if I Make Muffins and Bread?

If you bake the bread and muffins together, bake at 350.  Pull the muffins out after 30 minutes of baking and leave the bread in to bake another 15-30 minutes. If you just do muffins, bake for about 20 to 25 minutes in a 400°F oven or for about 23 to 28 minutes at 375°F.


an overhead picture of a loaf of sliced chocolate chip zucchini bread still in the bread pan


Secrets to the Best Zucchini Bread

I have a few tips for you to make the best zucchini bread ever.  Follow each one and you will love every last crumb of this bread.

  • Shred the zucchini on the finest side of your cheese grater.  If you don’t have a super fine side, buy this CHEESE GRATER .  Having finely shredded zucchini makes it so tender that it really becomes one with the bread and it makes the zucchini almost imperceptible to those picky anti-zucchini people.
  • When the directions say to use a wooden spoon (or spatula), it seriously means to use a wooden spoon (or spatula).  And don’t use an electric mixer or stand mixer.  Over-mixing this bread will make it fall flat and be dense.
  • Get those spices in there.  The cinnamon and nutmeg are quintessentially fall and all the flavor this bread needs to be perfect.

Tips Continued…

  • Sour cream, sour cream, sour cream.  The sour cream in this bread is critical to the moisture and texture of the bread.  Use whatever sour cream you have in the fridge, but the more fat the better the bread.
  • Spray your pan before pouring in the batter and wipe off the top inch of the spray all the way around the pan.  As the bread rises in the oven, it will catch on the ungreased part of the pan and push the bread up in the middle creating a beautiful domed loaf.
  • Save some of the mini chocolate chips to sprinkle on the top of the bread right after it is done baking.  Not only does it make the bread irresistibly gorgeous, but who doesn’t like to nibble on some warm melty chocolate chips?

Now get to baking and make my daughter the happiest girl on earth that you’re making her bread!


Quick Bread RECIPES

Looking for more quick bread recipes?  We love when you can find a yummy and quick bread recipe, so make sure you try these out!  The Very Best Banana Bread Recipe, Glazed Poppy Seed Bread, Pumpkin Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Banana Bread, and Orange Cranberry Glazed Poppy Seed Bread.


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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Our youngest daughter has been making her own little cooking videos lately. This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is her latest production.  We love that our children want to cook, and I’m trying to be good about letting her roll with things instead of being too busy to cook with her.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 10 mins

Course: 500+ Best Dessert Recipes

Keyword: bread, dessert, dessert recipe, desserts, quick bread, zucchini bread

Servings: 2 loaves

Calories: 270kcal

Author: Sweet Basil

  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 44761/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips Divided
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • Spray 2 9×5″ bread pans with nonstick spray.

  • Wipe down the top 1″ edge all the way around the pan.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.

  • In another bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. Add in the eggs, sour cream and whisk.

  • Dump in the zucchini shreds and switch to a wooden spoon, stirring again, but be sure to not over mix.

  • Dump the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients along with mini chocolate chips, reserving 1/4 cup for the top, and using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon gently fold the ingredients together just until a few streaks of flour remain.

  • Pour into the two bread pans.

  • Bake for 50 minutes. At this point, barely open the oven and slide a piece of tinfoil over the bread, close the door and bake for the remaining 10 minutes

  • Once the bread is done, open the oven door, turn off the oven and let the bread rest for 2-3 minutes, no longer, before carefully setting it on the counter for a few more minutes.

  • At this point, slide a knife around the inside of the pan and carefully turn the bread out into your other hand or onto the cooling rack directly if you are gentle. Place it right side up and sprinkle with chips, allow to cool or be like us and dig in because warm bread is the best!

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.3g | Protein: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 29.9mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 20.1g

a photo of a slice of zucchini bread with two more slices stacked behind it that are full of mini chocolate chips all sitting on the counter with mini chocolate chips sprinkled on the counter in front of the bead

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