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Chocolate Lime Zucchini Bread

Last updated on August 3, 2021 by Liza Hawkins

This chocolate lime zucchini bread turns a breakfast snack into a yummy dessert, and with zucchini still in abundance here, we need all the zucchini recipes we can get. I mean, will those plants ever stop producing? Seems like the answer should be no,” but we all know that in a few short weeks we’ll be reminiscing about the fresh veggies from mid- to late-summer.

A loaf of chocolate lime zucchini bread cooling in the pan.

When I get my hands on a ton of zucchini, whether it’s from the garden or from the farmers’ market or grocery store, I decided to save it by freezing it, rather than using it right away. That process is really simple, too — no blanching involved!

Just peel and shred the zucchini, then freeze it in two-cup batches in zip top bags, laid as flat as possible. 


Up close shot of chocolate lime zucchini bread cooling in the loaf pan.

The great thing is, shredded zucchini thaws quickly, especially if you run the bag under warm water.

And the two-cup portions are perfect for using in my zucchini bread recipes and so many others, like spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, muffins and even carrot cake.

In terms of this recipe, I decided to tweak it a little by adding the tart *zing* of fresh lime with the sweet punch of chocolate chips.

But even with the chocolate chips this chocolate lime zucchini bread isn’t too sweet, which means it’s great for dessert OR breakfast.


Chocolate lime zucchini bread cooling, freshly baked and in a loaf pan.

Chocolate Lime Zucchini Bread
Yield: 2 Loaves

Chocolate Lime Zucchini Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A twist on your standard zucchini bread — the chocolate makes it more of a dessert, but not too sweet!


  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Coat two large loaf pans with non-stick spray.
  3. Use a whisk to combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl, leaving a well in the center.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, use a hand-held electric mixer to beat the eggs and oil together until they turn creamy. Add the sugar, lime juice, lime zest and vanilla, and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and continue beating until they're just combined (the mixture will be thick!).
  6. Add the zucchini to the batter, and using the mixer on low, gently incorporate the two. The moisture from the zucchini should loosen up the batter.
  7. Mix in the chocolate chips, and then pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the chocolate lime zucchini bread loaves are golden and the top bounces back when you press gently.
  9. Let the loaves cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, and then remove them to continue cooling on a rack.


If you plan on freezing these, let them cool completely and then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap before placing in a zip top freezer bag.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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