Chocolate-Cinnamon Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
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  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup cinnamon baking chips
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 9×5-inch loaf pans.

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  • Step 2

    Mix all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisk brown sugar, eggs, applesauce, and vanilla extract in a second large mixing bowl. Stir zucchini into the liquid ingredients and beat in flour mixture until batter is just combined; do not overbeat. Gently mix in cinnamon baking chips. Divide batter evenly between prepared loaf pans.

  • Step 3

    Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing loaves to finish cooling on wire racks.

  • Cook's Note:

    This freezes well, so you can have it later in the year. Just wrap in plastic wrap (whole or sliced), then place in freezer plastic bag before freezing. Instead of 2 large loaves, you can bake 5 small foil loaf pans for giving as gifts.

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