Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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The best way to use up that extra zucchini. A moist chocolate zucchini bread with a a peanut butter swirl.
 

Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

So it’s the time of year when everyone’s gardens are overflowing with zucchini. It almost should be described as a weed, it’s so easy to grow. But yet, I harbor a bit of jealousy, because there is not even one little scraggly plant of zucchini in my garden, which is non-existent. Between working full time, blogging and a tiny yard, for the past two years I haven’t been gardening, unless you count the 3 small tomato plants in the landscaping around the shed trying to survive the downpour from the eaves from all the heavy rains we’ve had this summer. I won’t complain too much about my lack of zucchini, because in Lancaster County, I can pick up a zucchini on every corner big enough to make me 6 loaves of bread for a few pennies.


Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Even though I am missing the garden vegetable, the only way I really like it is in bread. Zucchini Casserole? No thanks. I’m showing my sweet tooth, carb loving side with this Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is basically no zucchini taste in this desert bread whatsoever, and the only hint the zucchini leaves of its presence is the moistness it gives the bread. With all that chocolate, you can’t even see the zucchini. Is anyone else with me on the fact that the only way zucchini should be eaten is under a layer of chocolate and peanut butter? What is your favorite way to use of abundant zucchini?

Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The best way to use up that extra zucchini. A moist chocolate zucchini bread with a a peanut butter swirl.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Additional Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips plus more for topping if desired.
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla, zucchini, sugars and milk together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Gently stir the flour mixture into the large bowl, mixing until just combined.
  • Reserve 1 and 1/2 cups of the batter into a small bowl. Stir the cocoa and chocolate chips into the batter in the large bowl. Don't over mix. Stir in the peanut butter into the reserved batter.
  • Grease two 8 x 4 in loaf pans. Pour about 1/3 of the chocolate batter into each of the prepared loaf pans. Divide the peanut butter batter between the pans and top with the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate batter. Swirl gently with a knife. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. The bread is better the second day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice · Calories: 437kcal · Carbohydrates: 48g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 27g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g · Cholesterol: 32mg · Sodium: 272mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 38g
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Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The best way to use up that extra zucchini. A moist chocolate zucchini bread with a a peanut butter swirl.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Additional Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips plus more for topping if desired.
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla, zucchini, sugars and milk together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Gently stir the flour mixture into the large bowl, mixing until just combined.
  • Reserve 1 and 1/2 cups of the batter into a small bowl. Stir the cocoa and chocolate chips into the batter in the large bowl. Don't over mix. Stir in the peanut butter into the reserved batter.
  • Grease two 8 x 4 in loaf pans. Pour about 1/3 of the chocolate batter into each of the prepared loaf pans. Divide the peanut butter batter between the pans and top with the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate batter. Swirl gently with a knife. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. The bread is better the second day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice · Calories: 437kcal · Carbohydrates: 48g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 27g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g · Cholesterol: 32mg · Sodium: 272mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 38g
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  1. Mary Frances says

    Mallory, this looks crazy good! It looks so rich and chocolatey and I never would’ve guessed that was thanks to veggies. Definitely pinning this one! Fantastic job!

  2. Laura says

    I can fully relate to your dismay about not having any zucchini (courgettes to me!) because I had to beg my mum to grow some for me to bake with. Your peanut butter swirl idea is brilliant. I recently made a courgette chocolate loaf cake but after seeing your cake I feel like I need to improve it with peanut butter!

  3. Kristyn says

    I have 3 loaves in the oven and 5 boys who can’t wait for it to come out! I’m not sure I’ll have any left over tomorrow to test your comment about it being better the next day. Thanks for the recipe. After years of making the same few recipes I was ready for something new. Adding peanut butter….what a great idea!

  4. Vanessa says

    Very tasty! I made the recipe into 24 cupcakes baked at 375 for 25 min. The cupcakes are very rich and I really like them but they are close to being too sweet. My family will gobble these up but next time I will try it out with less sugar, maybe I can get away with 3/4 cup brown and white sugar? I love your incorporation of peanut butter!

  5. GourmetRenee says

    This bread is decadently delicious. The chocolate and peanut butter with the zucchini make a moist cake-like texture. Of coures, I added the chocolate chips on top. Since it makes 2 loaves, I was able to share with a friend. I will keep this recipe and make it every time I have more zucchini than I can manage–anyone who grows zucchini understands. 🙂

  6. Kat says

    I just made this. I used 5 mini loaf pans & reduced both sugars to 3\4 cups each. Very, very good! Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper!

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