This is a family recipe that I make all year long! A family favorite! This recipe is AMAZING! I make several loaves and freeze it. It's just as good after it thaws out as it is the day it's baked. I also shred zucchini from my garden and put it in 2-cup portions in the freezer for fresh bread all year round.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat margarine, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the mixture before adding the next. Beat vanilla extract into the margarine mixture with the last egg.

  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour the flour mixture into the margarine mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Fold zucchini through the batter, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour batter into 2 loaf pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; fat 10.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 35.5mg 12% DV; sodium 457mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2013
I made this because I was in a pinch for breakfast and had a lot of zucchini from our garden. It's moist and tastes like a chocolate cake without icing. But, I really only made it because I had the extra zucchini and it was quick and easy; so, for those reasons it was good but not quite 5 star worthy. Also, you may want to note that mine was thoroughly cooked at 40 minutes. (Normally, my oven takes the full time or longer with most recipes.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/15/2014
This is okay but a little bland. Read More
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38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2013
I made this because I was in a pinch for breakfast and had a lot of zucchini from our garden. It's moist and tastes like a chocolate cake without icing. But, I really only made it because I had the extra zucchini and it was quick and easy; so, for those reasons it was good but not quite 5 star worthy. Also, you may want to note that mine was thoroughly cooked at 40 minutes. (Normally, my oven takes the full time or longer with most recipes.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2019
Very moist and delicious. Was looking to make bread with what I had on hand, which did not include chocolate chips, this recipe is wonderful without them! The cinnamon gives it a warm, spicy kick, almost like Mexican chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
best bread ever!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2013
Excellent quick bread! Nice and chocolatey and moist. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2016
I really enjoyed the flavor of this recipe it was very good. It was perfectly moist. I followed this recipe to the T but for some reason my bread fell in the middle and it stuck to the bottom of the pan even tho I sprayed it down with pam. I will try this recipe again and next time I think I'll add more flour. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2014
This is okay but a little bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2018
I made a few healthy additions and a tasty addition! I added 2 Tb ground flax seed. It was not noticeable at all I may add 4 Tb next time. I also replaced some white flour with Buckwheat. I was not sure how it would change the flavor but it too was not noticeable so I may use 1/2 cup next time. I also added 1 cup of 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate chips and I used organic butter instó margarine. It turned out great and my family is devouring it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2018
I loved the flavor. Mine came out too dry. I overbaked. I'm gonna try a different pan next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
This is AMAZING! Love that the recipe makes two loaves. One did not last any time at all in our house. I took the second to some new neighbors who just moved in and they raved about it also. Super easy and really good. A great way to use up zucchini. Really really moist! Read More