Here's a super-simple zucchini bread recipe. The addition of chocolate chips makes it more like a dessert than a breakfast, but you can enjoy it anytime. Skip the chocolate and try it with toasted walnuts or raisins if you prefer. Freeze 2-cup portions of shredded zucchini so you can make zucchini bread all year long.

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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  • Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in zucchini. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

  • Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.


Make Ahead Tip: Wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment: 9-by-5-inch loaf pan

Note: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at or Store it in the freezer.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

228.7 calories; protein 4.7g 10% DV; carbohydrates 33.8g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 2.7g 11% DV; sugars 17.6g; fat 9.3g 14% DV; saturated fat 2.1g 10% DV; cholesterol 31.8mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 110.5IU 2% DV; vitamin c 3.1mg 5% DV; folate 9.8mcg 3% DV; calcium 47.6mg 5% DV; iron 3.1mg 17% DV; magnesium 14.1mg 5% DV; potassium 133.9mg 4% DV; sodium 209.4mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV; added sugar 16g.

Reviews (11)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I really liked this bread and it came together pretty quickly even with hand-grating the zucchini! Didn't add Choc Chips so my kids thought it was only so-so. Next time I'll add them for sure because it's quite hearty and healthy otherwise! Changes: I used 1/2 C sugar and found it sweet enough. Added some flax meal just b/c I'm throwing it in all my baked goods these days. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
too much baking soda It is delicious except too much soda. I should have known from the ingredient list but sometimes I forget that recipes can have errors. Next time I'll only do 1 tsp of soda. Oh well with butter or peanut butter it is edible. Pros: moist Cons: too much soda Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful husband approved! Super healthy too! I used regular white flour and I used mini and regular sized chocolate chips. I baked it in a non stick pan and only for 45 min. Came out moist and perfect! Oh so good! Pros: No butter needed Cons: A little time to make it but so worth it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and Moist Healthy Alternative! I am so excited at how well this turned out. I used applesauce instead of oil and used vegan chocolate chips. SO AMAZING! I even cut the sugar and it still was perfectly sweet. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Guilt-free yumminess! Used regular whole-wheat flour and subbed applesauce for the oil. It was deeelish! The choco chips are just the hit of sweetness it needs to feel like a treat but it is actually healthy! Yum yum! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Tastes too healthy This bread is only decent. I will eat it but I wish I had used a different recipe for my zucchini. I am sure there are other healthy options out there that are more moist. I need it to be a little sweeter. Overall ok; was hoping for better. Pros: Healthy Cons: Heavy bland a bitter aftertaste Read More
Rating: 4 stars
great for muffins too! I made this recipe but made 12 muffins instead of a loaf (better portion control). Baked for about 18 minutes I think. Also just used regular whole wheat flour since I had it on hand- tastes great- not sure if there would be much difference with the white whole wheat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great...yummy Mine came out flat and a bit gummy but it was my fault for trying to make 3 loaves at once! I made 2 loaves with raisins and 1 batch of muffins with chocolate chips those were my fave:) Pros: Not too sweet Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Very tasty easy to make taste great and healty. Pros: Easy to make healthy Cons: had to cook longer that 1 hr. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
At last a better zucchini bread So great to find a recipe that not only doesn't use butter but also isn't greasy because of lots of oil--it just has 1/3 cup. Extra delicious with mini chocolate chips (of course) but still very good without--and easy to whip up. Pros: No butter! Moist! Easy! Delicious! Cons: Can't think of any. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
making right now I'm making this bread right now and a tad worried since i didnt have baking powder on hand so I subbed in baking soda. Added Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips & crossed my fingers:-p. Will report! Read More