Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Our family doesn’t follow a gluten-free diet, but we have plenty of friends who do. Because of this, I have an assortment of gluten-free baking products in my pantry. The only problem is, it never seems to be the perfect combination for whatever recipe I decide to make. I’m always missing some random ingredient like xanthan gum or potato starch.
FoodDay ran this recipe for gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread from Portland’s own Back to Eden Bakery in March. I almost skipped it because zucchini isn’t on my radar in the spring, but one thing caught my eye. It only calls for one gluten-free specific item! Everything else on the ingredient list for this zucchini bread are just basic staples that most of you probably have sitting in your pantry or refrigerator right now. Add a zucchini from your garden or accept the one your neighbor keeps trying to give you, and you are good to go!
Another great thing about this recipe is that it all comes together in one bowl. The only thing I love more than not having to buy a bunch of fancy ingredients is not having to wash a bunch of dirty dishes.
Because I don’t bake gluten-free treats very often, it’s always hard for me to know if they taste right. You can’t usually compare them to traditional baked goods. So, naturally, I feed it to my family without telling them it’s gluten-free. If everyone gives their approval, I know the recipe is a keeper. I cut off a few slices of this bread for my people to sample before sneaking the rest off to the freezer. Everyone was on the hunt for more of this moist, chocolaty bread.
A gluten-free recipe that has a simple ingredient list and gets rave reviews from a non-gluten-free crowd? I think we have a winner.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Barely adapted from Back to Eden Bakery’s recipe
You can also double the recipe and bake in a Bundt pan for a Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
1 1/2 c. gluten-free flour mix (Costco also carries a great option!)
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. non-dairy milk (almond or coconut)
1/4 c. oil (avocado or coconut)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. grated zucchini
1/2 c. chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8×5″ loaf pan with a little oil or cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add the applesauce, milk, oil, and vanilla.
- Stir the batter until it just comes together. Add the zucchini and stir to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips, if desired.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing from the pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.
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I cannot wait to try this heading to costco look for this flour is it certain brand that I should look for?
I can’t remember the name of the GF flour that Costco carries, but I’ve always had good results with it. Pamela’s or Bob’s Red Mill are also good 1:1 varieties.
I tried this recipe last night. The flavor is really good, but the brad fell flat and was very gummy. Looked nothing like the picture in your post. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I am new to the gluten free cooking and baking scene. (found recipe in Reals Plans bundle)
It’s possible it was under-baked. Did it sink in the middle or the whole thing fell flat?
Can you use oat flour or any other flour? I know it may not be gluten free, but would it affect the outcome?
Emily from Frugal Living NW says
If you are just looking for a regular chocolate zucchini bread recipe, I would use this one: http://www.frugallivingnw.com/double-chocolate-zucchini-muffins/
It can easily be poured into a loaf pan and baked that way!
Could you just omit the cocoa to make non-chocolatey, or would you increase the flour or another ingredient?