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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Quinoa

This Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Loaf features an unusual ingredient: quinoa! Deeply chocolately, super moist and delicious, and tipping over to the healthy side of things, I know you'll love this loaf as much as I do. 
Course Baking, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 391kcal


  • 1 ½ cups grated zucchini
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips divided


  • Preheat oven to 350° F / 180°C. Prepare a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine 2 eggs, ½ cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup olive oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir to combine. 
  • Place a sifter over the wet ingredients, and add 1 cup all purpose flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt. Sift over the wet ingredients, careful to eliminate any lumps from the cocoa powder.
  • Stir to combine the wet and dry ingredients, careful to not over mix. 
  • Stir in 1 ½ cups grated zucchini, ½ cup cooked quinoa, and ¾ cup of the chocolate chips, reserving some for topping. 
  • Distribute the batter into the prepared loaf tin, and scatter the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips on top. 
  • Bake for 50 - 60 min, rotating the pan half way though. A cake tester (toothpick, sharp knife) should come out mostly clean when the loaf is done, and the top should be firm. 
  • Remove the zucchini bread from the oven, and cool on a wire rack before slicing.


  • Leftover zucchini loaf can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for 3-5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Nutrition values are an estimate only. 


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2.4mg