What do you do with the enormous zucchini that your coworkers bring into the office? Make Paleo chocolate zucchini bread of course! This brownie-like bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious.

A little over a week ago I gave 2 weeks' notice at my full time job. This is my last week, and I'm having a pretty rough time handling my emotions around it. I know it's the best thing for me and for my family, but I've been at my current job almost 11 years and most of the people I've worked with there have been there as long or longer than me. They in a way have also become my family. They've been there for me when I got married, trained for and finished my Ironman Triathlons, lost my mom, had my babies, had a miscarriage, learned about my health issues, and pretty much every other thing I've been through over the last decade. They truly are one of the greatest group of people one could ever ask to have near you, and I am so saddened to think they won't be in my life every day now. I even have tears in my eyes just writing this (you should have seen me at my staff meeting on Friday – freakin waterworks galore).

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I've always been an emotional eater (I know, not a great thing), but even more so, I've always been an emotional BAKER. Think it has to do with how comforting I always found it to stand in the kitchen and bake with my mom when I was growing up, and when I am feeling at the brink of some emotional craziness, baking always centers me. So to add to this need to bake to deal with my cauldron of feelings from quitting my job, some of my coworkers have been bringing in their ginormous zucchini to work this last week to try to pawn off on some poor sucker (me). What do you get with that?  You get chocolate zucchini bread.

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread - a grain-free and gluten-free snack or breakfast recipe that is moist and super flavorful

A few years ago my husband and I took some culinary school classes and we made the BEST chocolate zucchini bread in them, but like pretty much everything I loved prior to going Paleo/learning I was Celiac, I can't have it anymore. So this one got Paleofied in my kitchen and I don't know if it's been that long since we've had it or I really just nailed it, but it tastes just as good as the original.

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread - a grain-free and gluten-free snack or breakfast recipe that is moist and super flavorful

This freezes really well too, so I take those ginormous baseball bat zucchini and make a whole bunch of loaves at once and then freeze most of them. Sometimes I slice and individually wrap in plastic wrap before freezing so I can just take out a slice or two, or I freeze the whole loaf at once. This tastes SO good though mid-winter when you are out snowshoeing or skiing.

A note if you do use gigantic zucchini – make sure you peel them as the peel is pretty tough at that point, and then scoop out the seeds before shredding. I just take a spoon and run it down the center and the seeds come out pretty easily. Then I cut the flesh up into smaller chunks and run it through the shredder in my food processor. It's not really necessary to do these steps with the smaller zucchini as they don't have these big seeds and their skin isn't nearly as tough.

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread - a grain-free and gluten-free snack or breakfast recipe that is moist and super flavorful

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Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread - a grain-free and gluten-free snack or breakfast recipe that is moist and super flavorful

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Michele Spring
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven

Description

What do you do with the enormous zucchini that your coworkers bring into the office? Make Paleo chocolate zucchini bread of course! This brownie-like bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious.


Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup Zucchini, grated (about 1/2 lb)
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks (I like the Enjoy Life Brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9 x 5 inch standard loaf pan and then grease the parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended. Gently mix in the zucchini.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in the dark chocolate chunks.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

This loaf freezes really well so if you have a lot of zucchini, make several batches and freeze some for later!

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Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread - a grain-free and gluten-free snack or breakfast recipe that is moist and super flavorful
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