Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread


This is what I would call the perfect loaf of Zucchini Bread! It’s soft and moist, it’s perfectly spiced and those chocolate chips just make it sing. This is a must have summer recipe, and it may even become a family favorite!

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The Perfect Loaf of Zucchini Bread

Six loaves later I’ve finally found my idea of the perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread! I’m not complaining though, nor are my kids, that just meant six loaves we got to eat and share with neighbors throughout the week.

I tested this zucchini bread with different ratios and different ingredients. Like some I’d leave out the sour cream and up the oil and others I’d use all oil and no applesauce.


I’d use various amounts of zucchini, like some with up to 1 1/2 cups of zucchini. I even found that using a lighter pressure when grating the zucchini prevented the chance of biting into any mushy piece from thick shreds of zucchini.

This loaf is the one that turned out with the best structure, the softest and moistest crumb and the perfect amount of sweetness and spice.

And I love what the little bit of sour cream does for the loaf and the light flavor it adds.

How to Make Zucchini Bread

  • First you’ll start out by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then butter and line an 8 by 4 – inch loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients – the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer blend together, sugar, oil, applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add in flour mixture and mix until combined, then fold in zucchini and chocolate chips (you can set aside 1 Tbsp chocolate chips to add on top if desired).
  • Bake in preheated oven until cooked through, about 55 – 65 minutes.
  • Let cool on wire rack. Slice and enjoy!

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Zucchini Bread with or without Chocolate Chips

I prefer chocolate chips in zucchini bread but if you don’t like them in yours of if you don’t have any on hand feel free to leave them out. Another good addition would be some chopped walnuts.

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An Easy Quick Bread Recipe

This zucchini bread is a breeze to make. Even if you don’t bake often you can easily make this!

It’s also the perfect use for the abundance of summer zucchini. I can’t think of many more better uses for zucchini than fresh zucchini bread!

Even though I had made so much zucchini bread throughout the week this final loaf still had me coming back for a second slice. Even my picky kids loved it. Hope you enjoy too!

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

The perfect loaf of zucchini bread! It's soft and moist, deliciously spiced and those chocolate chips just make it sing. It's easy to make and it's a great way to use up all that summer zucchini.

Course: breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Zucchini Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 336 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 3/4 cups (264g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (210g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup (88g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (138g) shredded zucchini (grate on large holes of box grater with lighter pressure to prevent thick shreds)
  • 2/3 cup (122g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 by 4-inch loaf pan and line with a sheet of parchment paper leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides, butter parchment (alternately you can just butter pan and lightly dust with flour and shake out excess).
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg for 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer blend together sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Add dry ingredients then mix on low speed just until combined. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips, reserving 1 Tbsp chocolate chips for sprinkling over top of loaf. Pour into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle reserved chocolate chips over top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, about 55 - 65 minutes and tenting loaf with foil at about 45 minutes to prevent excessive browning on top. Cool in loaf pan about 3 minutes then run a sharp knife around edges of loaf to insure it's loose then remove loaf. Cool on wire rack (I recommend after 20 minutes of cooling, transfer loaf to an airtight container or gallon size resealable bag to seal in moisture and soften crust). Cut in to slices once cool.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 201mg 8%
Potassium 185mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2.6%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Gina: Hi Jaclyn, can I use butter instead of applesauce?

    Thanks! September 11, 2018 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d just use more oil. Hope you enjoy! September 12, 2018 at 11:36pm Reply

  • Lydia Flint: Have you tried doubling, tripling or quadrupling your recipe??

    I would like to make a bunch of loaves with my HUGE zucchini to share with family and friends. Some recipes do well with multiplying ingredients…

    Do you have any suggestions? July 26, 2017 at 11:40am Reply

  • Janie: Loved the bread! I did substitute the oil for all applesauce and 3/4 cup of my flour i used was wheat flour July 25, 2017 at 10:49am Reply

  • Daphne: I made this the other day in muffin form and they turned out fantastic! The muffins rose beautifully, tasted delicious and my 2 1/2 year old devoured them – win, win, WIN!
    Thanks for sharing!! September 14, 2016 at 7:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment Daphne – glad they were enjoyed! September 20, 2016 at 1:10pm Reply

    • Jamie: Daphne, I am making muffins now. How long did you put them in the oven for? October 3, 2016 at 10:41am Reply

  • Rebecca: does it matter what kind of zucchini I use? Also, how do you cut/shred it? September 4, 2016 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Jill Duffy: My chips sank to the bottom :( Not quite sure what I did wrong. August 23, 2016 at 10:52am Reply

  • Ashley J: Since my zucchini plant is producing like crazy, I’ve been trying many zucchini recipes. This is by FAR my most favorite recipe!!!! I don’t think I will be using any different recipe from here on out. I also used Ghirardelli chocolate chips.. my favorite! :) thanks for sharing the recipe! July 29, 2016 at 10:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Ashley! July 29, 2016 at 3:16pm Reply

  • Shelley: I made this recently for my daughter as she’s a vegetarian and thought she might like it, something different besides banana bread. When I told her I made her zucchini bread she replied with a”yuck!!” Once she tried it though, she couldn’t stop eating it. So far the two times I’ve made it, it hasn’t lasted more than a day as everyone gobbles it up!! July 16, 2016 at 2:58pm Reply

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