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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread

August 1, 2017

A healthy summer treat with a serving of zucchini mixed into this sweet and delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread! Made with oat flour, sweetened with banana, maple syrup and a healthy dose of chocolate.

A healthy summer treat with a serving of zucchini mixed into this sweet and delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread! Made with oat flour, sweetened with banana, maple syrup and a healthy dose of chocolate.

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I navigated the transition from food blogger to lifestyle blogger. Around this time last year I shared this post where I talked about how I was uncomfortable being pigeon-holed into blogging about food and felt like my blog was no longer a reflection of me. It was hard for me to admit I was unhappy – mainly out of fear from being judged for seeming ungrateful – but the second I hit publish I immediately felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

The truth is, I never started The Healthy Maven to blog exclusively about food. It started off as an online diary to share my health journey, including what I make when I’m cooking along with many, many other things. I used to share “weekend recaps” and join in on trending tags. I do still kind of miss those “10 things you may not know about me” days…

So when people ask me how my business was about to survive the transition, I can’t help but wonder how I lasted so long as a food blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but damnnnn gurl – how was I posting 3 recipes a week and not losing my mind?

Okay…I kind of did.

A healthy summer treat with a serving of zucchini mixed into this sweet and delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread! Made with oat flour, sweetened with banana, maple syrup and a healthy dose of chocolate.

But I also have no regrets. Many of you came to this space because of the food and for whatever reason (maybe it was the food, maybe it wasn’t) chose to stick around for a while. Some of you are OG readers who have been around since the early days when I blogged about my addiction to cornbread or quitting my full-time job. Others found THM through Pinterest or Google when searching for a recipe and decided to try a few others. And some of you are shocked to discover that I have over 500 recipes on this site and thought I was only a podcaster.

Whoever you are and however you got here, I’m so happy you can be a part of this Choose Your Own Adventure Story!

A healthy summer treat with a serving of zucchini mixed into this sweet and delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread! Made with oat flour, sweetened with banana, maple syrup and a healthy dose of chocolate.

As I sit here eating a slice of this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread, staring out at the Golden Gate Bridge on my little zen bench in my bedroom I can’t help but be grateful to the girl who took a risk. The girl who started this blog, turned it into a business and eventually went back to her roots.

Maybe that girl is you and you’re just seeing your risk pay-off. Or maybe you’re not quite there yet. Or maybe you want to be that girl but you’re scared to take the leap.

Wherever you are on that journey, I’ll tell you this: It is only with high-risk that you will yield high-reward. Stop caring about what others may think and do what feels so instinctively and shamelessly you.

You will not regret it.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (ground up rolled oats)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded and excess water squeezed out*
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine oat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and sea salt.
  4. In a separate bowl mash up bananas and add in applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup and eggs.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  6. Add mixture to loaf pan and bake for 50-60 mins.
  7. Loaf is done when top is firm to touch and no batter remains when poked with a toothpick or fork.
  8. Let sit in loaf pan for 20 mins before removing and allowing to cool completely on counter.
  9. Will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container on the counter.

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Notes

*I use a clean dish towel and place the shredded zucchini inside before squeezing out all of the liquid. Be sure to get everything so it ends up in a large ball that you have to break up into the batter.

A healthy summer treat with a serving of zucchini mixed into this sweet and delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread! Made with oat flour, sweetened with banana, maple syrup and a healthy dose of chocolate.

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  • Reply
    Carrie this fit chick
    August 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Mmm I used to make zucchini bread when i was little! Love that stuff. Ans YEAH, I agree on the recipe posting front. I’ve never been one for recipes, but I dont gt how bloggers can post several a week!
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      It takes a serious amount of commitment! Now let’s make zucchini bread an adult thing too 😉

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    Dominika
    August 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Hi Davida,
    Thank you for another recipe! Yesterday I made your choco chip zucchini oatmeal bars and they are super delish 🙂 I will be making this bread over the weekend as the bananas will be about perfect 🙂 I love your message as it gives me more courage to follow my own passion!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that recipe and that you now have another one to add to the roster! Thanks for all the support, lovely!

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    Melizz
    August 2, 2017 at 1:38 am

    There are so many zucchinis right now 🙂 another recipe that goes on the pinboard for future recipes
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    Melizz
    August 2, 2017 at 1:38 am

    There are so many zucchinis right now 🙂 another recipe that goes on the pinboard for future recipes
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    Diane
    August 2, 2017 at 5:33 am

    It’s in the oven now…. smells good. Will report back w/how it turns out!
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      Diane
      August 4, 2017 at 6:28 am

      It came out quite dense actually and wet (even though I cooked it or 80 minutes). I think for my personal taste, I’d rather eat something a bit sweeter.
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    Alicia @bridges Through life
    August 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

    So I think I need to make this. My co worker brought in fresh cucumbers and giant zucchinis to work today. I was sooo excited for the zucchini as I have been in a zoodles phase but often forget you can do so much more with zucchini. Also I love your lifestyle posts. I have been reading since before you went full time and while I love your recipes, I also like the lifestyle posts where you learn a little more about a person and their thoughts. Thanks for all the hard work you do.
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    Gretchen
    August 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    The bread looks delicious, but just wanted to say that I’m so inspired by your blog Davida! I just started my own blog, and am hoping I can make it into a full-time job. So thanks for everything you do!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Aw thank you so much, Gretchen! That truly means so much to me. Keep at it, lovely! It is SO possible!

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    Kylie
    August 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I made this yesterday, it is AMAZING. A delicious healthy comfort food for the cold winter in Sydney.
    Absolutely love it, keep up the great work, your recipes are amazing.
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    Tales of Jules
    August 3, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I really need to try this one out! It looks absolutely delicious and we have so many zucchinis in our garden at the moment that I run out of ideas what to do with them.
    Defenitely trying this one out at the weekend.

    xx Julia

    http://www.talesofjules.com/
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    Claire P
    August 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    This is something remarkable combination.I love banana bread too! I could eat it every day! I can’t wait to try this. But i am allergic to cinnamon so what can i add instead of that? Please Suggest.

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    Kay
    August 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Would you be able to tell me how much zucchini I would need in terms of cups? Thank you Davida! Absolutely love your blog!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Kay! It comes out to about 1 cup after being squeezed. This is a rough estimation but the exact amount won’t change the recipe!

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    Cassie Autumn Tran
    August 5, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Would two flax eggs work for this bread? It looks delicious!
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    Ashley | Fit Mitten Kitchen
    August 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I like to consider myself an OG THM reader but I totally stuck around for more than just food! <3 The fact that you're Canadian is only part of it.

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    Sha
    August 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Dear Davida,

    How much zucchini was used in this recipe (cups, after squeezed out)? Where I shop, there are many sizes of large zucchinis, I don’t know how large is large. It may help is you can give me an estimate of how many cups of it squeezed, so I can get an idea of how much zucchini to grate 🙂
    Thanks in advanced.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      August 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

      One large zucchini will come out to around 1 cup after being squeezed. This isn’t an exact measurement, but it doesn’t need to me!

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    Ushmana Rai
    August 11, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I remember the first time I tried banana bread…I think it was like 12 years ago. Yeah, I know, but I wasn’t fancying the idea of a sweat bread at that time. Anyway, I was intrigued by the idea of adding zucchini to this recipe, so I’m very curious about the taste…
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    Tanya
    August 29, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Wonderful recipe..made it for my toddlers and they devoured it. Love that it uses oat flour. Mine was very dense and came out quite wet still after baking an hour, so I sliced it up and put back in the oven. Next time I will spread it out into bars rather than a loaf. I also added cocoa powder to make it more chocolatey. Will def be making this one again!

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    Emily
    September 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread? Now I wouldn’t have ever thought of this combination. How did you come up with this recipe? I sure wish I could taste a slice of it right through my computer screen lol… oh well, guess technology hasn’t made it that far.

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    Erica Davies
    September 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This looks so good! I love your recipes and have gather lots of inspiration for my recipes from here! can’t wait to try this one!

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    Sarah-Mae
    September 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Very wet after one hour. Very. Luckily it’s delicious with a spoon! My toddler approved 😉

    Also, please consider changing the “1 large zucchini” to read “Approximately 1 cup”, I read through the comments AFTER baking; I used HALF of one of my “medium” zucchini’s and it equaled roughly 2 cups, which could very well be why my bread is like batter in the centre and brown outside!

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      Sarah-Mae
      September 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      I gave it another shot tonight, omitting the applesauce, using 2 late bananas instead of 3, reducing the zucchini to roughly 1 cup, adding 1 tsp of vanilla, and using 1/4tsp of salt (the last loaf felt like it was missing something). I baked it in a loaf pan for 60 minutes and while much improved, it’s still quite moist. I’d consider omitting the milk altogether next time (keeping the applesauce instead). 1/2 cup of liquid seems like a little much as oat flour isn’t THAT absorbent and there is already 2 eggs, applesauce, banana, zucchini and liquid sweetener.

      I love the use of oat flour, zucchini, banana and maple syrup, and it’s toddler approved, so It was worth another shot!

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        September 13, 2017 at 11:16 pm

        Hey Sarah-Mae – did you squeeze out all of the liquid from the zucchini? I find that it stays pretty moist if you don’t get all the water!

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