Last summer, when we visited Madeline Island, we had the pleasure of meeting a friend's 11-year-old niece, Lily. She was a caring baby sitter, a fearless cliff jumper (evidence here, 3rd photo from the bottom), and a happy baker of this bread--which she made from memory. We were quite smitten with her, as well as this chocolate zucchini bread. We ate it for breakfast, mid-afternoon snacks with tea, and for dessert--we ate so much of it, we actually had to ask her if she would kindly bake a second batch. Then we asked for the recipe.
So, here it is--for all of you. Because it is high zucchini season and gives you something delicious to do with a glut of zucchini--or with that enormous foot long zucchini you see at the farmer's market for $1.
You can whip the batter together in 15 minutes--grating the zucchini is the hardest part, although, really--how hard is it to grate a zucchini? Exactly. (You should know that you can grate your zucchini and freeze it for use later in the year for this bread too--it will seem watery when you thaw it out but throw it all in and it will work just as well as freshly grated zucchini).
I admit I did add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder and an extra 1/2 tsp of vanilla to her recipe--just because it makes the flavor a little deeper. Oh, okay--I also added an extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips--no need to get technical. (my modifications are included in the recipe)
I made one large loaf of this bread--as opposed to dividing it between a couple of pans. If you make one large loaf, you will have to watch the baking time and stick it with a skewer to check that it is cooked through--mine took about 1 hour and 15 minutes but I think I could have given it another 5-10 minutes because it was just a little gooey in a small spot in the center.
We brought this on a picnic and served it up for dessert topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Then we ate the remainders straight up for breakfast. Don't tell anyone I said so, but it is also really good with store bought chocolate frosting slathered on top--and just think, because it has all that zucchini in it, you can still count it as a serving of vegetables.