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This Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the perfect way to use up all the zucchini that summer brings, while also sneaking in some veggies in a healthy treat. This zucchini bread is so moist and decadent while still being nutrient-dense, Paleo-friendly and dairy-free!

Close up shot of gluten free chocolate zucchini breadGluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This Zucchini Bread is a delicious treat that nobody will even think there is zucchini added to it! This bread is decadent while still being healthy and will be sure to become a staple every summer in your house. This healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini bread is made with almond flour and so dang delicious! It’s easily made in 1-bowl and is paleo friendly and dairy-free. The zucchini adds just the right amount of moisture to the bread and we of course love the added nutrition!

Profile shot of gluten free zucchini breadHere is what you need to make it:

  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Espresso Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Zucchini
  • Eggs
  • Avocado Oil
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract

Gluten free chocolate zucchini bread slices

Can you leave out the Espresso Powder?

Yes! Espresso powder just enhances the chocolate flavor. It’s a minimal amount, but if you want to avoid any caffeine feel free to omit this ingredient.

Why Apple Sauce?

You won’t taste it at all! Apple sauce is a great ingredient to use to add moisture to a bread without needed to add lots of oil. While there is still oil in here, I like to use apple sauce in combination with it to get the right texture.

How to Store this Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Store this bread in the refrigerator or freezer after it has been cooled. In the refrigerator it will last a couple of days. You can leave it at room temperature for a few hours to take the chill off if desired. It will last up to 1 month in the freezer. Let it sit at room temperature uncovered to defrost.

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5 from 7 votes
This Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the perfect way to use up all those zucchinis summer brings, while also sneaking in some veggies in a healthy treat. This zucchini bread is so moist and decadent while still being nutrient dense, paleo friendly and dairy-free!
Servings 8 -10
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups 196 grams almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons 21 grams coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup 28 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup zucchini grated


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and line a 9" x 5" (1.5 quart) loaf pan with parchment paper. 
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, apple sauce, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • To the bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt and mix very well until fully combined.
  • Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Place in the loaf pan and smooth down the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the oven is clean with just a few moist crumbs.


This recipe was originally published in 2016, and republished in 2019 with new photos.


Serving: 1/10 recipeCalories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 19.6gProtein: 4.3gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 47mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 10g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo
Author: Lexi

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  1. Hi, looking forward to trying this but if we left out the apple sauce what could we replace it with?

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe into mini muffins (baked for 15 minutes)…so good!!! With all the big zucchini in the garden, I’ll definitely be making it again, and again ❤️❤️❤️

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Made it last night and it turned out great. I might try making it into muffins next time! All the dessert recipes I’ve made from Lexi have been a hit at all my family gatherings!