Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This scrumptious cake is a variation of my grandma's recipe which I've updated to be gluten-free and lower in refined ingredients, sugar and fat. (This can be made with spelt or wheat flour too.) Richer than my Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe, this version is delightfully airy with a delicate balance of aromatic ingredients + extra chocolate. (More info in my blog entry.) Hope you love it as much as I do. :)



Ingredients / Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325. Grease and dust a large 13"x9" pan. Sift and mix together:

*1 3/4 c flour
1/3 c cocoa
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cloves

*I use a gluten-free flour mix of 1c brown rice flour, 1/2c quinoa flour, and 1/4c tapioca starch. Using 1 3/4c of light whole spelt flour, or all purpose flour, should work too - please let us know in the comments if you try.

Blend separately (I do it in a blender):

3 large eggs
3/4 c yogurt
1/4 c olive oil
2 Tbsp coconut oil or melted butter
1/2 c packed brown sugar or sucanat
1/3 c honey or agave nectar (or a combination)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix dry with wet in a large bowl until just combined. Next fold in:

generous 2 c packed grated zucchini (about 1 medium or 2 small zucchinis)
3/4 - 1 c chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, rotating pan half way through baking. It's ready when the middle springs back when touched, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. (Test for doneness after 30 minutes.) Be sure not to over-bake or it will be dry - I use a dark ceramic pan and it takes only 40 minutes in my oven. Allow to cool in the pan.

Store leftovers covered in the fridge.



chocolate zucchini cake recipe

Have just finished baking this cake and it smells awesome, can't wait to taste it!!!
This will be the third recipe i've tried off your site and all three have been an absolute success. Thanks Patty for sharing all these wonderful recipes and i look forward to more happy cooking and baking......keep up the good sesame almond cookies are next on my baking list.....yum!!

You're welcome + thank you

You're welcome + thank you Di! Happy healthy baking :-)

Chocolate zucchini cake

Do you have a suggestion of something that I could use instead of yoghurt as I am lactose intolerant?


I think a soy yoghurt would

I think a soy yogurt would do the trick.

Love this!!

The cake is awesome. I am now in the process of making it for the 2nd time!!! Thank you!!!!!

You're welcome Mira - thanks

You're welcome Mira - thanks for letting me know! I'm making it today too. :)

I need a replacement for eggs and yogurt

I cant have eggs or yogurt and also cant have potato or soybean, so many of the substitutes like Energy Egg Replacer has potato in it. Do you have suggestions?

Hi Sonja, You'll have to do

Hi Sonja,
You'll have to do a bit of experimenting - here's a good list of egg replacements. As for the yogurt, you can try replacing it with a non-dairy milk (like almond milk) plus 1 Tbsp tapioca starch (or corn starch). Coconut milk (not water) might work too, though it will end up tasting very coconut-y. Please let us know what you try and how it goes!

I just ate a piece right out

I just ate a piece right out of the oven and it is really wonderful! I ended up cooking for only 30 min, but otherwise everything else was exact to your recipe. Thanks for the great lower-sugar chocolate recipe!

Hi Tina Awesome - thanks for

Hi Tina
Awesome - thanks for letting us know. :)

I made this with Pamela's

I made this with Pamela's baking mix (gluten-free) and it is delicious!! thank you!


Wonderful - thanks and you're welcome!