Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread - a delicious light moist chocolate chip loaf with flecks of healthy zucchini for a perfect recipe that the whole family can enjoy.
My daughter loves to bake, the only issue there is, when you are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan is it's hard to resist fresh delicious baked goods.
But it doesn't need to be something you can't do. When I bake with my daughter we pick some healthy ingredients that can be eaten by the whole family, this is ensures the calories stays low enough for me to enjoy a serving, but also the taste is good too because we don't use artificial ingredients.
Sugar Vs Sweetener
Yes I have used real sugar in this recipe instead of sweetener. Don't be afraid to use real ingredients. While you could use some sweetener to bring the calories down, ask yourself will I still enjoy it and will it taste as good. If you are just using those ingredient to save calories but not enjoying the things you bake, then it's not really going to satisfy the craving for a nice piece of cake. Chances are you'll eat the lower calorie sweetener version and then still want/crave something else because you didn't enjoy it as much.
However that said, there are some sweeteners that are okay. The only one i will use is Erythitrol. It's naturally derived and has the closest taste to sugar. So if you do want to make the swap that is the one I recommend using.
Remember not all sweeteners are equal, you need to look at the packaging for the sugar to sweetener ratio to ensure you use the correct amounts.
Butter vs Margarine
For me personally there is just no substitution, it has to be real butter. I really do not like margarine in any form. I always always use butter or another good cooking fat like olive oil, ghee or avocado oil with my recipes.
So I can't comment on how well it would work with margarine. It's one thing I won't even test.
Can you taste the zucchini (courgette)?
Well my kids are probably the best tester of this for you. They both do not like zucchini (courgette) as a vegetable. Diced so it is unnoticeable in pasta, soups etc they will eat it. But put it on their plate and no chance.
When I suggested putting some zucchini into a chocolate chip bread, my daughter was really hesitant. But she went with it, I guess she figured even if she didn't like it, she enjoys the baking part.
The neat trick about adding zucchini to the bread is it keeps it nice and moist. You really can't taste it. Maybe a teeny hint is noticeable. But both my kids loved this loaf, so if they can't taste it. I am sure you will love it too.
What chocolate chips to use in bread?
This is entirely up to you, you can use milk chocolate, semi sweet, dark chocolate or even dairy free. White chocolate might be a bit sickly and odd with the zucchini so I personally wouldn't choose that but any of the others are fine.
I have made this loaf a few times now and we have used both milk and dark. The kids prefer milk chocolate of course.
I mix half the chocolate chips into the batter and the other half is scattered on top, this way you can see the chocolate in the bread once it comes out of the oven.
Can this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread be frozen?
Yes it freezes perfectly fine. I slice it into portions, place sheets of wax paper inbetween each slice and pop in a tub in the freeze.
To defrost, just remove a slice, place on a sheet of kitchen paper and it should defrost at room temperature in approx 30 minutes.
If you prefer it warm, you can place it in the oven or microwave at intervals until to your likely.
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- Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf
- Pear and Chocolate Chip Muffins
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- Cinnamon Roll Baked Oat Muffins
- Chocolate Brownies
- Blueberry Muffins
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- 160g (5.6oz) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda (bicarb of soda)
- 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 90g (3.2oz) of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (omit pinch of salt if using salted butter)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 180g (6.3oz) of zucchini (courgette) grated
- 30g (1oz) of milk chocolate chips
- cooking oil spray
- Preheat oven to 180c, fan 160c, 350f or gas mark 4
- Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarb of soda and pinch of salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
- In a separate bowl, add the melted butter and sugar and mix until all combined.
- Add in the vanilla, and eggs (1 at a time until combined).
- Fold in the grated zucchini (courgette), do not squeeze moisture from zucchini
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, with half the chocolate chips and fold until all combined
- Line a loaf tin (approx 8 x 4.5 inches) with some parchment paper and spray with some spray oil
- Add in the mixture and gentle tap the loaf tin on a firm surface so the batter distributes evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
- Place in the oven and bake for approx 45-50 minutes (a skewer entered into the centre should come out clean)
- Allow to cool slightly before slicing.
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Nutrition InformationYield 11 Serving Size 1 SLICE
Amount Per Serving Calories 131Total Fat 3.9gSaturated Fat 2.1gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 40mgSodium 165mgCarbohydrates 24.2gFiber 0.6gSugar 10.1gProtein 2.9g
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