Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Orange Glaze

My favorite quick bread is chocolate zucchini bread!
Use your fresh from the garden zucchini to make the moistest bread you’ve ever tasted!
Freshly squeezed orange juice is added to the chocolate icing for a surprise burst of flavor!
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Orange Glaze
I do not have a green thumb.  Which is strange, because I come from a very green family.  My mom can literally stick a branch in the ground and a few weeks later, its sprouting flower buds.  My sisters both have gorgeous bushes, blooms and lush gardens with happily thriving plant life that is continually feeding butterflies,  birds and nature of all sorts.  It’s just perfect ecosystems everywhere.    Me, well, I do not have this horticultural gift.  I absolutely obliterate everything in my path.   House plants literally wither within moments of being in my presence.
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Orange Glaze
My mother has had to come to terms with the fact that her youngest daughter did not inherit the agricultural gene.  She has tried on numerous occasions to convince me that I NEED to have a garden!  I have told her point blank that I  do not enjoy gardening.  With the most bewildered expression, she will ask “what is wrong with you?”  To which I respond that I simply prefer to spend my time and talent in the kitchen.  A feeble excuse in my mother’s opinion.
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread |
Then the day will come when I crave zucchini bread.   Darn those cravings.  Because of course I am painfully aware that if I had my OWN bountiful garden, I would be  plucking perfectly green and sizable zucchini to make as many loaves of chocolate zucchini bread as my heart desired!   I would be eating THIS moist, delicious zucchini bread all the time!   Alas, I’m left to purchase sad little zucchinis the size of bananas from my grocery store instead.    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Orange Glaze
 If you are lucky enough to have a garden full of zucchini right now, then I hope you double this recipe and share with friends!  Regardless of where you actually get your zucchini, I can tell you this is such a moist quick bread.  I love that you can see all the little bits of zucchini peaking through all that chocolate.  I folded in Hershey’s melting chips, which were the  loveliest chunks of chocolate.   Unfortunately, they chose to rest themselves on the bottom of the loaf.  Next time, I’ll toss them with flour before adding to the batter.   Each loaf is drizzled with a rich chocolate glaze that has been infused with freshly squeezed orange juice .  A fresh, lively, summery combination!
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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Orange Glaze
For the bread
  • 2 1oz squares of unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks
For the glaze:
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • juice from ½ orange or ¼ cup
  • zest from one orange
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9x 5 in loaf pans. In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate until melted and smooth. Let cool.
  2. In a bowl, combine eggs sugar, oil, zucchini and vanilla. Stir well. Mix in melted chocolate. Gently stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let pans cool completely.
  3. For the glaze:
  4. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Carefully stir in heavy cream and blend until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar, orange juice and zest and blend until smooth. Place glaze in a small ziptop bag and snip the corner. Drizzle chocolate glaze over each loaf.






I’ll be sharing this with these parties as well as to Jam Hands and







60 Responses

  1. Oh yum, this looks good, Tanya! I want to make zucchini muffins or bread one day soon!

  2. The orange is the glaze is just plain old awesome. I always think of oranges and chocolate as a Christmas thing– is that weird? Whatever. I’m gonna remedy my winter thoughts and make this.

    • Thanks Heather! I loved the glaze! Never thought about the combo being a Christmas thing!

    • This bread is perfect with coffee! Thanks Anne!

  3. I love anything baked with Zucchini in it! I’m attempting a garden again this year…wish me luck..I’ll need it!

    • Good luck Julie! Please send me any extras!

  4. Zucchini bread is one of my favorite breads….and with chocolate on top? I’ll take two loaves please! Pinning and making real soon! :)

    • Good thing this recipe makes two loaves! Thanks Liz!

  5. I am the same way with plants, especially anything in a pot or a hanging basket. Harrumph. This bread looks amazing….good thing it’s not in my house!!

    • Thanks Cathy, I’m happy I’m not the only one who isn’t a natural gardner!

  6. That looks amazing! I’m a sucker for those dark chocolate oranges (or dark chocolate covered orange jelly sticks) so this sounds right up my alley!

    • Oh I love those thinks too Aimee! Definitely a good combo!

  7. Wow! Tanya, that glaze looks insane! Just like ganache…Unfortunately I pretty much have black thumbs over here, but I’m working on it…I’ll be happy if just one of my veggies does well :)

    • Thank heavens zucchini is readily available in the grocery store! Thank you Loretta!

  8. I am also not a green thumb. Sometimes I think you are my twin from the states.. haha. We are so alike and you always make things I want to or love. Love chocolate zucchini bread.

    • I feel the same way Meg! Clearly, we need to find a halfway point to meet! I like that, I have a twin in Canada!

  9. I love zucchini bread and this chocolate version looks incredible!!

    • Thank you Kate, I love zucchini bread too! Maybe too much, I ate about half a loaf myself!

  10. No room for zucchini in my garden, Tanya, but the farmers markets will be overflowing with it in a couple weeks. I cannot wait to give this a try. The beauty of this bread is that you can eat as much as you want. It’s got veggies in it! :)

    • Thats what I tell myself too! It’s very healthy bread right?

  11. Baking > Gardening any day!!! But this bread looks fabulous, I have actually never had zucchini bread!! Must change that :)

    • Yes, Liz, you must remedy that, zucchini bread is wonderful!

  12. Your zucchini bread looks amazing! First saw this on Pinterest then realize I have seen you over at Tasty Kitchen as well! Newest follower!

  13. I’ve never made zucchini bread, but the chocolate and the orange…. you’re convincing me that I need to.
    … I need a garden first, though :-)

    • I’m so glad I can get zucchini at the store! I total think it’s time you tried zucchini bread Rachel! You will love it!

  14. Patsy

    Looks amazing! Making it this morning! =)

    • Can’t wait to hear how it turned out Patsy!

      • Patsy

        This recipe is definitely a keeper! I didn’t have all of the ingredients but I made it anyway. I didn’t have chocolate chunks so I put in a bag of chocolate covered toffee chips that I did have and it was still incredible! Also, I didn’t have oranges or heavy cream (we had just made Banoffee pie, so it all went there) so I left off the glaze. My family loved the crunchy top of this bread so it worked out well without the glaze. I will be making it again and again! Thanks!!

        • Patsy I am so happy to hear this turned out for you! It is perfectly delicious without the glaze, you are right! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I need to try Banoffee pie sometime!

  15. I love zucchini bread!!! But I do not have weather this year that is conducive to growing anything outdoors :( I have never made it with glaze before, I will definitely have to try that!

    • Its wonderful plain Lisa, I just think every thing is better with glaze!

  16. debraaelliott1960

    Yummy in my tummy!

  17. We don’t have Zucchini yet, but when we do I am going to have to make this! We usually have a zucchini explosion in the garden and I try to work it into everything. My family gets sick of regular zucchini bread after a while, but chocolate with orange juice? Umm YUM!

    • You are lucky to have garden fresh zucchini! I hope you enjoy this! The glaze is to die for!

  18. thebetterbaker11

    Tanya – I LOVE this bread…and the orange in the glaze has to make it fabulous! I have a similar recipe and will use that orange glaze next time. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck!

    • Thank you so much Marsha! I have to admit, I LOVED the glaze too! I licked the bowl clean!

  19. Anne

    Hi, Please clarify if the chocolate needed is “21oz” or “2oz”. I will be trying out this recipe tomorrow. It looks to die for…… Thanks!

  20. I am the exact same way when it comes to keeping plants alive….every time I get an indoor plant I am sort of annoyed an know it’s just a matter of time before I kill it! And, like you, the rest of my family seems to be much better at it. Yet, I continue to plant a garden year after year….I guess I feel like less of the responsibility is on me since it’s outside. (No, we don’t get great results. No surprise there!!)

  21. Catrina

    Just curious of you can sub cocconut oil for the vegetable oil.
    Thank you

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