Mini chocolate zucchini breads. Because a quarter of the size is twice the fun!
I have a total crush on zucchini. When I was growing up, one of my mom’s go-to side dishes was fried zucchini. All it is is zucchini slices dipped in salted flour and fried on a caste iron pan. And holy moly. It’s seriously the best vegetable I’ve ever had.
Zucchini breads were also a thing in our house. Mom made the most moist zucchini bread with raisins and a hint of nutmeg. It was perfect for fall.
Well, it was perfect for spring, summer, and winter, too.
While I don’t have a childhood story for chocolate zucchini bread per se, I can say that I love it just as much as those other zucchini dishes. Because, I love zucchini plain and simple.
I opted to make these babies into mini loaves, as they make for great presents for friends, or for a perfectly handheld personal loaf. Or both.
The cacao nibs add a regal touch. They’re made from dried, roasted cacao bean without any added sugar. I love their crunch, and they make the loaves look preeeetty fancy.
If you don’t have mini loaf pans, you can totally make this in a regular bread pan. I would bake it for 50 minutes, then stick a knife in to check for doneness. If the knife comes out clean, take it out of the oven. If it doesn’t, give it another 5-10 minutes!
Happy Monday, y’all!
For the bread
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the chocolate ganache
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8 mini loaf pans with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together sugar, grated zucchini, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. After mixing, stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour batter evenly into mini loaf pans. Bake for 20 minutes, then allow to cool slightly before topping with ganache.
- To make the ganache, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds, then stir. It should become fully melted and have a slightly runny texture. Depending on your microwave, heat for an additional 15 seconds. Drizzle over loaves, then top with cacao nibs.