Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a super moist easy recipe made with grated zucchini, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lots of chocolate chips!

Easy Banana Bread and Zucchini Bread are the original go-to Quick Bread Recipes, and chocolate chips make them even more delicious.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread slices in stack

If you’ve had our easy Chocolate Zucchini Bread, then you know how amazingly scrumptious this unlikely flavor combination can be. Zucchini makes this quick bread super moist and the melted chocolatey bursts bring a perfect balance of sweetness. If you have picky eaters, you don’t need to tell them there are veggies in this bread but it’s so yummy they probably won’t even care!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread prep steps of mixing batter ingredients

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is easy to make and you don’t even need an electric mixer. All you need is one bowl, a cheese grater, and a good whisk to make this delicious zucchini bread. With only a handful of pantry ingredients, you can make this bread anytime you have an extra zucchini or two. Its a freezer friendly bread so you can also make a few loaves at a time.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread in loaf pan, before and after baking

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is sweet and rich, without being overly heavy or sugary. You can make it for a healthier dessert or serve it for a quick breakfast with a cup of coffee. If you want to take this tasty bread on the go, bake the batter in a muffin tin for Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins. Mini loaves of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread make a delicious edible gift for special occasions and holidays.

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Tips to Make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • Quick breads like Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread are heavier than cakes so to keep the bread from being too dense, don’t over-mix the batter.
  • Sift the dry ingredients so that there are no clumps and they will mix easier. Fold in the wet ingredients until just combined, meaning there are no visible dry spots.
  • Using a cheese grater with the larger holes, shred zucchini and drain on a paper towel to absorb extra moisture. If you use a fine grater, too much liquid will be released and make your bread watery.
  • Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips gently right before you add to the loaf pan and bake immediately so they stay evenly distributed and don’t sink to the bottom.
  • Frost this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting or top with Chocolate Ganache to make it a sweeter dessert.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread slices on cutting board

Variations on Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • Chocolate Chips: Swap semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or mini chocolate chips. You can also add baking chips like toffee bits or butterscotch chips.
  • Spices: Add up to 1 tablespoon total of warm spices like Pumpkin Pie Spice, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom or ground allspice for even more flavor.
  • Nuts: Fold in ½ cup toasted and chopped pecans, walnuts, pistachios, or almonds for a little nutty crunch. You could also add golden raisins, dried cranberries, or other dried fruit for flavor and texture.
  • Banana: Combine two favorite bread flavors by adding 1 ripe banana to your wet ingredients and reduce to 1 cup grated zucchini and ⅓ cup vegetable oil.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread sliced loaf on cutting board
  • Cream Cheese: Soften 8 ounces cream cheese and mix with ¼ cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla, stirring until smooth. Add half the bread batter to the loaf pan, dollop cream cheese mixture and swirl. Repeat with remaining batter and cream cheese mixture.
  • Sour Cream: Add up to ½ cup sour cream to make this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread melt in your mouth good. You could also use buttermilk, plain greek yogurt, or vanilla yogurt.
  • Muffins: Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners, then fill each up 2/3 full with the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean with moist crumbs.

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How to Store Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • Serve: Keep Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread at room temperature for up to 5 days covered with plastic wrap or sealed container. Line the container with a paper towel to absorb moisture.
  • Store: Refrigerate the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature to serve or warm in the microwave.
  • Freeze: Cool bread completely and wrap individual slices or the full loaf in aluminum foil and store in a freezer safe bag. Freeze Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread for up to 6 months and thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread slices on plate

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a super moist easy recipe made with grated zucchini, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lots of chocolate chips!
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini , grated
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray the 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray.
  • Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  • In a second large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Add in the zucchini and mini chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until it springs back when touched then let cool for 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan.



Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I prepared this recipe last night on the fly. I needed a dessert and I had zucchini and chocolate chips. Instead of bread I spooned into muffin cups. Didn’t have one last night too full from the large meal, however had two this morning so far. Delish Delish Delish. Moist!

  2. Love this recipe. My zucchini plants are harvesting some beauties right now that I’m excited to use! I tried the recipe without chocolate chips first and it was delicious too. I prefer a bit more of a robust flavor, so I tried this version. Here’s my takeaway. Definitely sifting the flour made a big difference! I added a pinch of allspice which gave the little oomph I was hoping for (which is of course not what everyone wants in a zucchini bread). I also used Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips (not the minis). And I added a few of them to the top of the bread and pushed them just under the dough since they are bigger and would probably sink to the bottom faster.

    *also I shredded my zucchini on the box grater on the smallest julienne size using my mandoline and they were even better. There was less liquid. The zucchini just melts into the bread so the larger size cut didn’t make a difference aside from less liquid and it was quicker.