Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (Paula Deen Recipe)

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I’ve been making this Paula Deen Zucchini Bread recipe for years because it really is the best zucchini bread! It’s easy to prepare and it makes two loaves so you can share.

slice of zucchini bread with melty chocolate chips

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This easy zucchini bread is great any time of day but I like to serve it with breakfast after a ham & potato breakfast casserole or for dessert after zucchini boat turkey tacos.

full loaf of paula deen zucchini bread in loaf pan

Even if it isn’t zucchini season, I always keep zucchini on hand for dinner (I love roasted zucchini) or for baking.


  • Flour – I’ve only tested this recipe with all purpose white flour.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon – Use a high quality cinnamon, it’s worth it!
  • Nutmeg
  • Baking Soda
  • Eggs – At room temperature.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Apple Sauce – If you don’t want to use apple sauce (or don’t have any), you can use all vegetable oil.
  • Vanilla Extract – A good quality vanilla extract, not imitation. I know it’s pricey! I buy mine at Sam’s or Costco in bulk.
  • Zucchini – You’ll need two cups of grated zucchini, which is usually two medium zucchinis.
  • Chocolate Chips – I like to use Ghirardelli baking chips. They’re large and good quality.


sliced paula deen zucchini bread on white platter

This recipe makes two loaves. I sliced one, for these pictures, and ate a piece (or two) while shooting (look at that melty chocolate – can you blame me?!), then I wrapped up the other half to take to my mom’s.

The other loaf, I immediately wrapped up to send to work with Bob. By the next morning, I realized I had already eaten all the slices I left for myself and snuck into the wrapped loaf. Bob’s coworkers were slightly shorted.

close up of sliced zucchini bread with chocolate chips


First, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda.

Then, in another large bowl, whisk the eggs until they’re light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and beat until well blended.

Next, stir in the apple sauce, oil, vanilla, grated zucchini, and chocolate chips.

Then, pour in the dry ingredient mixture and stir until just combined.

Finally, evenly pour the batter into two greased 9 x 5 loaf pans. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

white platter of sliced zucchini bread


Many people wonder when making zucchini bread do I peel the zucchini. The answer is no, you don’t. Just give the zucchini a wash then grate it, leaving the skin on, with a box grater. That’s it!


Often when you’re baking with chocolate chips, they have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the bread or cake because they’re too heavy for the batter to support them. This is especially true when you use my favorite Ghirardelli baking chips that are larger. To prevent the chocolate chips from sinking in your baked goods, give them a toss in about a tablespoon of cocoa powder before you add them to the batter.


  • Loaf pans – 9 x 5 loaf pans work best for this recipe.
  • Whisk – You don’t need a mixer for this recipe, but you do need a whisk.
  • Box Grater – For grating the zucchini.
  • Mixing Bowls – It helps that this set is so pretty!

sliced chocolate chip zucchini bread on white plate



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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
I've been making this Paula Deen Zucchini Bread recipe for years because it really is the best zucchini bread! It's easy to prepare and it makes two loaves so you can share.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 2535 kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs at room temp
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda.
  • In another large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sugar and continue beating until well blended.
  • Stir in the oil, apple sauce, vanilla, grated zucchini, and chocolate chips.
  • Stir in the whisked dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Pour evenly into your prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove loaves from pans and cool.


Adapted from Paula Deen
To prevent all your chocolate chips from settling to the bottom of your bread, pour your chocolate chips into a small bowl & sprinkle on cocoa powder, toss gently to coat.


Serving: 1gCalories: 2535kcalCarbohydrates: 417gProtein: 33gFat: 84gSaturated Fat: 60gCholesterol: 259mgSodium: 1883mgPotassium: 761mgFiber: 9gSugar: 266gVitamin A: 805IUVitamin C: 23.3mgCalcium: 233mgIron: 11.7mg

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Originally published 10/10/11

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  4. ellesees.net says

    i have never thought to add chips–this is kind of GENIUS!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      See, & I never think to make it without 😉

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