Marbled chocolate zucchini bread
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Marbled chocolate zucchini bread

A tender yet hearty marbled chocolate zucchini bread will make you forget that it contains vegetables. This is definitely a kid-approved recipe that will make them beg for another slice!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Breakfast
Servings: 12
Author: Eva Bakes


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a standard 9"x5" loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce with the sugar until well combined. Add in the eggs and beat well. Add the zucchini, water and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Fold in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice (you may want to mix these together in a separate bowl in case you aren't confident in your mixing skills and want to make sure all the ingredients are blended well). Pour 1/3 to 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl.
  • Add the cocoa powder to one of the bowls and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.

At this point, you have 3 choices on how to assemble your bread:

  • You can either create two distinct layers and pour one layer into your prepared baking pan and then add the second layer directly on top.
  • You can create several layers by alternating the batters by adding them on top of one another.
  • You can create a marbled effect by putting the light batter down first, then dolloping the chocolate layer and swirling with a knife or toothpick.
  • Bake the bread in your preheated oven for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool completely before serving.


Leftover bread should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It will last for several days.
Source: Adapted from