1/3cupunsweetened Dutch process cocoa powderI like E. Guittard Cocoa Rouge Cocoa Powder
1cupsemisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack placed in the center of the oven. Prepare an 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75-inch loaf pan by spraying with baking spray and lining with parchment paper.
If your zucchini has a lot of moisture, gently press between some paper towels to remove excess moisture. You don't need to squeeze it completely dry, just enough to make it less wet, if necessary.
Mix zucchini, sugars, eggs, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate large bowl.
Add the zucchini mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in most of the chocolate chips (I like to reserve 2 tablespoons of the chocolate chips to top the loaf). Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with remaining reserved chocolate chips.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cut with a serrated knife. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This recipe makes 1 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf.Can I make this in a 9x5 inch loaf pan? Yes, absolutely. Just keep an eye on it when baking -- it may take less time to bake since it won't be as tall a loaf.Do I need to squeeze the zucchini? In a pinch for time, I've been known to skip this step, but when I notice that the zucchini is especially liquidy, I do take the time to lightly press the shredded squash between some clean paper towels to remove any excess moisture. If you can, I do recommend that you take the time to do so.Can this recipe be doubled? Yes, absolutely, and you can use the slider on the recipe under "Servings" to adjust the ingredient quantities. The zucchini bread does disappear quickly!What kind of oil should I use? I love baking this with the best quality extra-virgin olive oil I can find (such as Cobram Estates). I also like LouAna Liquid Coconut Oil. Canola oil can also be used in this recipe.