Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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Mmm the smell of freshly baked, sweet bread in my apartment makes me feel so cozy right now. The amazing thing about zucchini bread is that I can have it for breakfast or dessert and that II get to call it healthy because it has a vegetable in it. But that’s not the only reason this bread is healthy. I actually made this zucchini bread with applesauce instead of oil! Yup, I’ve become one of those people who substitutes healthier ingredients for the traditional stuff.

Like when I made sweet potato salad instead of regular potato salad. And, I keep talking about olive oil mayo instead of real mayo. What’s going on with me these days? Oh that’s right, I’m going to Mexico in 32 days. Eeek! 😀

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By the way, what genius invented sneaking vegetables into dessert? I bet it was the same sneaky mom who made a cake out of one particular orange vegetable to try to feed her kids veggies. You clever lady.

But don’t worry, I won’t go completely nuts on you with the healthy stuff (or as I’ve been calling it these days: The Mexico Diet). This bread still has a nice handful of chocolate chips in it and all of the cinnamon-y, sweet flavor that should be in a dessert bread. It’s sort of similar to what I did with my pumpkin oatmeal muffins. Breakfast, dessert, and healthy all in one!

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One last note: when I researched recipes for zucchini bread, I could only find recipes that made 2+ loaves. I live alone, and don’t need the temptation of yet another loaf of sweet goodness sitting on my counter. Therefore, I present to you: the one loaf recipe for zucchini bread. Because we all know the key to fitting into a bathing suit in Mexico is portion control. 🙂

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Serves 8
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291 calories
55 g
50 g
5 g
7 g
3 g
157 g
188 g
29 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 188mg
Total Carbohydrates 55g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 29g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. ¾ cup low-fat milk
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. ¾ cup sugar
  4. ⅓ cup applesauce OR ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 small)
  7. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. ½ teaspoon salt
  11. ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, applesauce (OR oil) and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in zucchini.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients; stir until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.
  1. I like to toast slices of bread in the toaster the next day to get a nice golden brown crust on each side!
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