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Chocolate Orange Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Orange Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Orange Zucchini Bread is really moist, thanks to zucchini and sour cream, and has amazing flavor due to the orange zest. 


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup canolaoil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • zest from one orange


  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350-f degrees. Butter and flour two loaf sized pans. Prepare the topping and set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cocoa to remove any clumps and to incorporate fully.
  • In another bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, brown sugar and eggs for 2 minutes. A hand mixer is handy but I mixed by hand and it worked fine.
  • Add the vanilla and sour cream to the egg mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Gently stir in the zucchini and orange zest to the egg mixture.
  • Toss the chocolate chips with a spoonful of flour (this helps to stop them from sinking to the bottom of the bread).
  • Add the flour to the egg mixture, gently folding it in and being careful not to overmix. Add chocolate pieces.
  • Pour the mixture evenly between the two pans. Top with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick or sharp knife inserted can be removed cleanly. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan and set on a cooking rack or dish.