I am a sucker for a good deal, which is probably why we are stocked with enough zucchini to feed a family of raccoons. One more trip to the farmers market, where zucchini the size of my torso go for as little as $1, and we’re going to need a second refrigerator. My latest solution to handle our surplus: Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Bread.
Moist and decadent like a cake, but made from healthy ingredients, naturally sweetened, and dairy free + grain free + gluten free, this Chocolate Chip Paleo Zucchini Bread expertly toes the line between best-behaved and forgivably-naughty. Appropriately enough, this is exactly how I’ve felt about myself over the past few weeks.
Unlike the majority of our downtown-dwelling friends, Ben and I live in the suburbs. It’s not a far drive from the city, and I am more than willing to make the trek, which if you follow my personal Instagram account or Snapchat (wellplated), you have no doubt witnessed. Between street festivals, dinners with friends, and an epic Bachelorette season finale watch (WHY DID SHE PICK JORDAN?), over the past weeks, I’ve found myself out downtown into the late hours, and wishing that I could just Uber home in five minutes, instead of needing to face the highway haul.
In other words, I want all of the chocolate and none of the zucchini.
But then, Sunday night comes, and there is nowhere else I’d rather be in than in my kitchen, cooking dinner for Ben and myself to enjoy on our porch. We’ve skipped brunch earlier in the day to do housework, which I enjoy in its own, odd way. Spending a few hours working on the house together makes me feel more invested in our home, as if we are building (or at least maintaining) something permanent and stable.
Now, give me all of the zucchini and none of the chocolate.
In reality, I want both. I yearn for a care-free city life, where it’s easy to stay out late, and there’s no lawn to mow. Simultaneously, I desire a comfortable home with a back porch and space for guests…and my collection of kitchen appliances.
The answer, I suspect, is somewhere in between.
Which is exactly why I baked a loaf of the most wholesome, healthy paleo zucchini bread, then dumped an entire load of dark chocolate on top.
Although I’m not following a paleo diet, lately I’ve been experimenting with coconut flour, which is high in fiber, low in carbs, and an excellent alternative for anyone who is sensitive to grains or following a paleo diet themselves. I used it to make these Cookie Dough Protein Balls, and I’m loving baking with it too. It’s the secret ingredient that makes this Paleo Zucchini Bread so rich and filling.
Coconut flour does require a seemingly excessive amount of moisture to bake properly, so in addition to the shredded zucchini, I added a mashed ripe banana, which both makes this Paleo Zucchini Bread incredibly soft and sweetens it naturally. The rest of the zucchini bread’s moisture comes from a touch of coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and six whole eggs, which might sound like far too many, but all are necessary. Although I was astonished at the final amount, I ended up loving how much protein they added, and the final texture of the paleo zucchini bread was spectacular.
Although you could keep this paleo zucchini bread entirely on the healthy side by omitting the chocolate, I highly doubt you will regret keeping it. You certainly won’t regret saving the biggest chunks to sprinkle over the top. When the Paleo Zucchini Bread is warm, they soften into shiny pools of chocolate bliss and infuse every bite with just the right amount of indulgence.
Tools I used to make this recipe:
Ultra moist paleo zucchini bread made with coconut flour, naturally sweetened with banana, and loaded with chocolate chips. Even if you aren’t following a paleo diet, you’ll love this recipe!
Yield: 8x8-inch pan—9 large or 16 small pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes (plus time to cool)
Serving Size: 1 (of 16)