I consider zucchini to truly be one of the sweetest rewards of spring. And with my new recipe, gluten free Secret Ingredient Chocolate Coffee Zucchini Bread, I’m liking it even more!
There are few foods I appreciate more than zucchini. I know that might sound odd, but consider all the yummy gluten free sweet and savory recipes you can use a zucchini to make: ratatouille, jambalaya, quiche, etouffée, zucchini bread, chocolate-zucchini donuts, Southern cornmeal-crusted zucchini, baked zucchini fries, chocolate cake … see what I mean? It’s easy to sneak zucchini into lots of places with no one even realizing it’s there!
This recipe is light on oil and just the right amount of heavy on flavor. I cut the fat by adding fresh-brewed coffee which amps up the chocolate taste without making it too sweet (and the better the coffee, the better the results!). Just look how rich the color is on this decadent bread!
I don’t love the taste of coffee, so if you’re like me, don’t avoid making this recipe. The coffee flavor does NOT come through; coffee actually enhances the depth of the chocolate flavor. It’s like magic. That’s why it’s a secret ingredient!
Oh, and zucchini is pretty secret too. Basically this is a delicious gluten free chocolate quick bread recipe that makes a super flavorful and moist loaf, but few could guess why!
Made with my light and clean tasting gfJules Flour, the smooth chocolate aroma and taste come through loud and clear in this moist bread, enjoyed with or without the yummy glaze!
Because there’s not a lot of oil or fat in this recipe, and because it’s moist from the zucchini, the bread will be rather moist and the top will bake unevenly. But that’s all good because the taste is what’s so amazing, and that’s the most important part! A moist, intensely chocolate quick bread is something no one can refuse!
If you’re using zucchini that is particularly wet, be sure to press out the extra moisture in a colander or between paper towels before adding to the batter:
Then mix the batter and transfer to your favorite bread pan:
Bake for an hour or so …
So raid your farmer’s market for all the zucchini you can, brew your coffee and get baking! Your family will thank you for this delicious, albeit secret ingredient, Chocolate Coffee Zucchini Bread (and you don’t have to disclose the secret)!
- 1 1/2 cups shredded fresh zucchini (approximately 1 zucchini)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used safflower oil)
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee, cold
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg white (or egg replacer like aquafaba)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup (169 grams) gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 3/4 cup sifted confectioner's sugar + 1-2 Tbs. milk of choice for glaze
Preheat oven to 350° F (static) or 325° F (convection). Lightly oil a 9×5 bread pan or 2-3 mini loaf pans.
Shred the zucchini using a fine shredding disc on a food processor or a hand shredder. Measure 1 1/2 cups and set aside to drain in a colander if the zucchini is particularly wet. You can also press the shredded zucchini between paper towels.
Beat together oil, brewed coffee, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients until incorporated, then whip together until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes. Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips, if using.
Once the zucchini is integrated, pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center has no wet crumbs on it when removed. Rotate pan half way through the bake to help the loaf rise more uniformly.
Depending on whether your pan size and whether your pan is metal or glass, the bake time may be longer or shorter, so add 5 minutes and repeat the toothpick test, if needed.
Remove to cool on a wire rack and remove from pan after cooling for 15 minutes.
When cooled, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar, or whisk confectioner's sugar with milk for glaze if desired, before serving.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 12mgSodium 157mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g
Please keep in mind that nutrition information provided is per serving, which may vary. While we have taken care to provide you with the most accurate nutritional values possible, please note that this information may differ significantly depending on the exact ingredients and brands that you choose to use to make this recipe. Additionally, where options are given for ingredients, the resulting calculation may include all ingredient options instead of only one per line, skewing the totals significantly.
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