Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

In this summer’s informal series of zucchini recipes, we have reached #2! I had so many requests for zucchini bread that I knew I couldn’t pass up on a fun version of it. And yes, I know it’s hot, but it’ll be worth it to have your oven on for an hour with Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread being the outcome. Even with this massive loaf I somehow still have SO MUCH FREAKIN’ ZUCCHINI!

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Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

There are worse problems to have, right? Like I don’t know, maybe having rats make your tomato plants their personal buffet? Because that’s happening right now. I’ve built a fortress around them, yet, they still have gotten to the tomatoes. I ordered an outdoor/solar-powered Ultrasonic Repeller with strobes, that should be here in a couple of days. In the meantime, I’m praying to the tomato gods that it will work and that I’ll be able to keep the fruits, because right now I’m feeling defeated in this war. Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

If you have any vegan-friendly/organic tips for keeping the rats from eating my tomatoes, I am WAY OPEN to any of them. So far, I have netting and bricks all around the plants, I’ve sprinkled cayenne everywhere. I set up small, spotlights on the tomatoes, even. (who knowwwsss?!?!) And everything else I read just says poison them or set up traps, and obviously I’m not down for that. So, let’s here those tips! <3

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

Let’s get back to the happier side of gardening and this cherry chocolate zucchini bread. Like I said, I have plenty of zucchini, so this is a nice way to use up one of the smaller ones. Plus, I found beautiful organic cherries at the grocery store the other day and almost forgot about them. Oops. So, in the bread they went! For some added flavor and richness, I added chocolate chunks, which was a great idea.

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, but you could use either. Or you could do a 1/2 & 1/2 split for a little sweeter version of this. I like having the bread on the less sweet side, so that I can either spread vegan butter or jam on it, depending on my breakfast feels. If you’re feeling generous, make this recipe in 3-4 small loaf pans (baking about 35 minutes), and gift them!

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

1 year: Apricot Blueberry Creamsicles // 3 years: Herbed Tofu Tomato Salad // 4 years: Grilled Peach Lassi // 5 years: Grilled Sourdough Sandwich

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack
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Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This bread is a fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar!

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Plant-based, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar if you want it sweet
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped dark cherries save 2 T. for topping
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chunks/chips save 1 T. for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a large loaf pan (mine is 9.5" x 5.5" but you can use one a little smaller) with cooking oil. 

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk ground flaxseed and water together. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

  3. Add coconut sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to flaxseed mixture, and whisk until combined. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and fold together with a spatula until there are no dry pockets.

  4. Add zucchini, cherries, and chocolate to dough, folding them in until evenly combined. Transfer dough to loaf pan, top with remaining cherry chunks and chocolate. 

  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick draws clean, once inserted into the middle. Let loaf cool in pan, on a rack for 30 minutes before removing. Wait another 30 before serving, as it will be hard to cut if it's too warm. Enjoy! 

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

Pop a loaf of this Cherry Chocolate Zucchini bread into your oven, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread! A fantastic way to use some of that summer squash, and make a whole wheat breakfast loaf. Sweetened with coconut sugar! #vegan #soyfree #nutfree #veganyackattack

11 Comments on “Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Bread

  1. Oh my yum! I’m so in love with this loaf already! I would have never thought to combine zucchini and cherries, but I’m down with the idea so much. It’s gorgeous! Sorry to hear about your rat/tomato plant problem. I have no ideas for you. The worst we’ve had is an ant infestation in one of our garden beds which was easy to fix and the bunnies chewed through our netting around the other bed which was also easily fixed. I can’t imagine having rats – I would probably just toss my tomato plants into the next century and call it a day. Eek! Good luck! At least you have this amazing bread !

    • The bread is so good! And thank you for the well wishes, Jenn, I’ll need them!!

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  3. Made this bread yesterday and it was a big hit! I did tweak it though. I used sunflower oil instead of coconut as I was worried that much coconut would come through in the flavor. I also omitted the chocolate because I’m not a chocolate fan. But I had fresh CSA zucchini and cherries from the tree, so this recipe fit the bill perfectly! We each had a slice last night and I froze the rest. We thaw and use the breads as healthy treats when we are traveling or camping. This will be a go to for sure!! Thanks!!!

    • Hi Suzy! So glad that you loved the bread! And what a smart idea to save the bread for traveling. I’ll have to keep that in mind!

  4. Jackie this looks delicious! Wifey is a vegetarian, and I eat veggies….most of the month 😉

    As for the rat thing I have no idea. Mom and dad were rabid gardeners – is this a thing? LOL…. – for the 25 years I lived at home. We never had a rat problem. But rabbits chewed on stuff, sometimes. Until red-tailed hawks and Great Horned Owls started working the area. Then, less rabbits, squirrels and smaller birds too. Who ever thought New Jersey had so much nature?

    PS….My friend Renard recommended you through his blog 😉 Glad I stopped by to visit. Keep up the inspired work.

    • Hi Ryan!

      Thank YOU for stopping by! I hope you and your wife find some tasty recipes to try out on here. And I think because I’m in Southern CA, but in an area by a wildlife park, the rats are in the sewer system. For YEARS we have had this problem with them eating tomatoes. They won’t even touch any of the other stuff, it’s so weird. We don’t really have predator animals in the suburbs, aside from feral cats, and I think there are less of those because we have some coyotes, occasionally.

  5. Oh-so-chocolaty! I am totally drooling. I love zucchini bread, and this chocolate cherry version sounds amazing!

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