This easy zucchini bread recipe is loaded with chocolate chips and grated zucchini and topped with ooey gooey toasted marshmallows! It’s a hot chocolate lover’s paradise!
My drink of choice during this cold winter season? Definitely hot chocolate! I mean, there’s just something so homey about sitting down by the fire with a piping hot cup that’s filled to the brim with cocoa and marshmallows. 🙂 So it makes complete sense that I would channel this deliciousness into some sort of baked good too, right?! RIGHT! Hello hot chocolate zucchini bread – made completely oil free, refined sugar free and even has a serving of veggies in it! 😉
Do you need to squeeze the moisture out of your grated zucchini?
For this particular recipe, NO! I’ve tried this recipe both ways now (squeezing the water out vs. leaving the zucchini alone) and had great success both times. So if you have the time to squeeze it/are nervous about the moisture content, go ahead and squeeze those puppies dry! But if you don’t, it’s not a big deal at all.
How to Squeeze the Moisture from Grated Zucchini
Here are a few different ways you can do this:
- Using paper towels: Place a long paper towel on the counter. Spread out the zucchini over the top and place another long paper towel over the zucchini. Firmly press down on the top towel to “squeeze” the water out. Place the zucchini in a bowl when done.
- Using a nut milk bag/cheese cloth: Place zucchini in the bag or cloth and twist the bag until it reaches the zucchini. Then squeeze the zucchini with your hands until most of the moisture is gone. Place the zucchini in a bowl when done.
2 Methods for Toasting the Marshmallows
- Broiling: After the loaf is done baking, take it out of the oven and set your oven to a high broil. Place 1 cup of marshmallows on top of the bread and place the tin back in the oven for 1-2 minutes. (Make sure you’re watching the bread the ENTIRE TIME it’s in the oven for this part to make sure it doesn’t burn!) The marshmallows can burn very easily depending on your oven!.
- Kitchen Torch: After the loaf is done baking, take it out of the oven and immediately top it with 1 cup of marshmallows. Then take a small kitchen blow torch and set it to a medium flame. Carefully torch the marshmallows until they begin to brown and slightly puff up. (This is my preferred method because it’s more controlled so there’s less chance of the marshmallows burning.)
Notes about this recipe:
- The batter will be VERY THICK!
- The marshmallows mixed inside the bread will disintegrate when cooking. (Don’t worry if you can’t see them when you slice into the bread
- After toasting the marshmallows, let the bread COOL COMPLETELY before taking it out of the loaf tin.
- This bread will be good for up to one week. (If it actually lasts that long! 😉 )
I can’t wait to hear all your thoughts on this hot chocolate zucchini bread recipe! It’s definitely becoming a staple in my house! 🙂
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Hot Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- 1½ cups grated zucchini
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup almond milk (unsweetened & original)
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup marshmallows (plus 1 cup for the top)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment. (Or you can also spray it with non-stick cooking spray.)
- In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, applesauce, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon. Stir in the grated zucchini and ½ cup of marshmallows. (NOTE: The batter will be VERY thick!)
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and spread it out into one even layer. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Once it's done, top the loaf with 1 cup of marshmallows, place it back in the oven and broil it on high for 1-2 minutes or until the marshmallows start to brown. (You can also use a small kitchen torch instead to brown the marshmallows.)
- Let the loaf cool before taking it out. Slice it and serve!