Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread on cooling rack

For the past few weeks I’ve been working my way through loads of zucchini using this classic bread recipe, homemade fritters, gluten-free pizza crust, pasta carbonara and more. It’s almost time to move on, but first I have to share this double chocolate zucchini bread with you.

Now, there’s some debate in my house about whether this recipe is actually a bread at all – one child is convinced it’s chocolate cake and another considers it more of a giant fudgy brownie.

Either way, it’s moist, decadent, delicious AND easy to make. I hope you love it as much as we do.

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolately, moist and decadent, this gluten-free zucchini bread is so delicious and easy to make.
Course Bread, Desserts
Keyword gluten-free, dairy optional
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 465kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • 8×4 inch loaf pan
  • box grater
  • cheesecloth, paper towels or clean kitchen towels


Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • cups almond flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • tsp baking powder (If you don't have it on hand, you can make it with baking soda, cream of tartar and arrowroot flour or non-GMO cornstarch. Here's how.)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • If you have small zucchini, shred them and wrap them in a few layers of cheesecloth, paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Wring out the excess liquid, then set the zucchini aside. If you have large zucchini, cut them in quarters and remove the seedy center before shredding and wringing out the excess liquid.
  • Add the shredded zucchini, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and butter/coconut oil to a food processor.
  • Add all dry ingredients (almond flour, cocoa, oats, baking powder, salt) except the chocolate chips to the food processor.
  • Blend the ingredients for about 30-45 seconds. The batter should be a runny liquid when you're ready to move to the next step.
  • Remove the food processor container from the base, sprinkle 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips over the batter, and mix them in with a long-handled spoon or silicone spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes. You'll know the bread is ready when the top is springy yet firm. but because the inside has lots of gooey chocolate chip goodness a toothpick won't come out clean. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.


Nutrition values are estimates. 
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Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 4mg
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More Gluten-Free Quick Bread Recipes To Try

Banana Bread – There are regular compliments, and there are “I’m soooo thirsty mama but I don’t want to drink water and lose the banana flavor” compliments. When I got the latter one from my littlest on this recipe, I figured it was finally time to share it with you.

Glazed Lemon Bread – Sweet and tangy, this easy bread is made with wholesome ingredients, and I’ve been told by one Starbucks Lemon Loaf lover that it’s just as satisfying as store-bought.

Paleo Bread – This light, fluffy bread from my friend Carol’s cookbook, Ditch the Wheat, only takes ten minutes of hands-on time to make.

Paleo “Cornbread” – We love this faux cornbread slathered in butter and drizzled with a bit of honey.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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6 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe”

  1. Can I make the double chocolate zucchini bread if I don’t have a food processor? Can I use a blender or hand mixer?

    • I haven’t tested it but probably. The texture would be very different if you use grated zucchini, but you could try pureeing the zucchini with the liquid ingredients in a blender and then mixing with the dry ingredients in a bowl.

  2. I made this today and did not like it. I would rather eat my zucchini plain. Sorry but it was disappointing for me anyway, other people might like it.

  3. This chocolate zucchini bread sounds delish! Unfortunately I’m allergic to eggs. Would egg replacer work? Or do you have any other helpful substitutions you can share? Thank you kindly!