100% Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread (with Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sunflower Seeds)

whole zucchini

I got two larger zucchini squash this week in my CSA share and I decided to try baking a zucchini bread. To add a little extra flavor & nutrition, I tossed in wheat germ, dark chocolate, walnuts and sunflower seeds too. Yum! DH is not a fan of zucchini, and he even thought it tasted good.

yummy slices of zucchini bread

I found inspiration from the Zucchini Bread recipe on All Recipes, but similar to my banana bread, I wanted to reduce the sugar. I think I’ve done that for this particular recipe.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Almond Oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup raw wheat germ
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 to 2 cups grated zucchini (peeled)
  • 1.8 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 oz walnuts (approx 1/2 cup)
  • 1 oz raw hulled sunflower seeds (approx 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease or lie parchment paper in a loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients
  4. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients
  5. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  6. In a 3rd bowl, combine grated zucchini, chopped chocolate, sunflower seeds, and nuts
  7. Fold into the large bowl with wet & dry ingredients.
  8. Spoon batter into baking dish
  9. Sprinkle top with 1 tsp granulated sugar (optional)
  10. Bake for approx 40-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I covered with aluminum foil after about 30 minutes so the top wouldn’t over bake.

baked zucchini bread loaf

My Extra Notes

  • For this loaf, I used a half bar of Green & Black organic 70% dark chocolate
  • I used my food processor to chop the dark chocolate and the nuts. I found it’s best to process the dark chocolate first, then the nuts, or the nuts will turn into powder. I did not process the sunflower seeds, I left them whole.
    chopped dark chocolate & nuts
  • I grated one large zucchini in the food processor but it was way too much. I used about 2 cups, but after seeing the finished product, I could have definitely added more. Next time, I might even try doubling the recipe to make a loaf plus some muffins. I think a medium zucchini would be fine for one recipe, but it wouldn’t hurt to add extra grated zucchini.
    grated zucchini
  • I love using King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour in place of traditional whole wheat flour.
  • I find it’s so much easier to use parchment paper as opposed to extra oil or grease when baking in glass Pyrex.

whole zucchini

Nutritional Data

Total Loaf weighs approx 33 oz
Per 2 oz serving:

Calories: 214
Carbs: 22g
Fat: 12g
Protein: 4g
Cholesterol: 38mg
Sodium: 160mg
Sugar: 10g
Fiber: 2g

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