Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

by jerseygirl on September 10, 2012 · 18 comments

My ten year old son is a great kid.  He gets good grades, gets along well with his sister and even cleans his room when I tell him to. But he won’t eat his veggies. No matter how many times I have him try the good-for-you green stuff , I can’t get him to eat vegetables. I have covered broccoli with cheese and put crispy pieces of bacon on his green beans. Nothing has worked so far.  Last week, I thought I would try another experiment. I decided to pair some fresh grated zucchini with chocolate chips.

I scoured the internet for zucchini bread recipes. I wanted one that was moist but not loaded with fats and sugar. After seeing several recipes, I came up with one on my own. I used low fat buttermilk to add extra moisture to the cake. Instead of using all white flour, I used half whole wheat flour for some extra fiber and nutrients. This recipe make two smaller loaves so there is one to eat and another one to give away or stick in the freezer.

So what was the outcome of getting my son to have a little zucchini in his diet? Not good. He took a few bites and  liked it but I don’t think he could get past the little green speckles to eat a whole piece. Oh well, more for me.

Please leave me some ideas to get my ten year old to eat his veggies.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Recipe type: bread, baked good
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Serves: 12 to 16
A low fat moist bread that is perfect for breakfast or snacking.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup mini chocolate chips.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together in a medium size bowl, both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, mix together buttermilk, eggs, zucchini and sugar.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Make sure you do not over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into two 8 inch by 4 inch greased pans. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until bread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

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leslie September 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

Whats up with kids and veggies???? So annoying! Love the bread!


Ramona September 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

Sorry, can be of no help there. Have no children and my fur critters are greedy guts.


Angie September 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This looks like the perfect breakfast bread!


patsy September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I’ve done roasted cauliflower a bunch and both of my boys will eat it that way… I had to fry up zucchini cakes (think latkes, but with zucchini instead of potatoes) to get one of my boys to eat them… I keep experimenting! Luckily, the youngest will eat salad like its going out of style and the oldest is always will to try something new, sometimes with great success… others, not so much. I found that roasting different veggies usually makes them sweet enough to get them to eat them.


Carrie's Experimental Kitchen September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

One of my favorites, thanks for sharing!


Pam September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I am craving a piece of this bread!

We have a rule in my house – you must try a bite of everything on your plate. I have found that the more times they try a bite the easier it gets and soon they don’t mind the veggies.


teresa September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

i have a daughter that is very similar. this is a great idea, and it looks delicious!


Katrina September 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

Mmm, I want/need some of that! Gonna have to get access to some zucchini.


Mary September 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

The fault is certainly not with this bread. It sounds delicious! As to the vegetables – make them available but say nothing. Just make sure he takes a vitamin pill. Wish I hadmagic words tomake the problem go away. I don’t :-). Have a great day. Blessings…Mary


Kate September 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

I can’t imagine not eating veggies. They’re so good!


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

Ahhhh, I wish I had a thick slice right now!


Bob September 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

We have a giant zucchini in the fridge that we’re trying to use, maybe we’ll make chocolate chip zucchini bread! What a good idea!


Penny September 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

My Son was the same way. He is now 33 and married to a fabulous cook and healthy eating fanatic. He eats everything. I guess the message is, give him time and don’t worry. BTW, I haven’t visited in a while, but you were one of the first blogs that I loved and that inspired me to start my own blog 4 years ago.


Blond Duck September 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I’ve always wanted to try zucchini bread!


Eliana September 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Can’t think of a better way to enjoy my veggies! Looks awesome.


maria September 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

maybe add some coco powder and less chips to darken the color and hide the zucchini? I cheat and use a box of chocolate cake mix, zucchini in place of the water and sometimes add nuts and chips…..

Looks really good non the less


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Gorgeous loaves. You can peel the green off the zucchini next time and he’ll never know it’s there.


Carol August 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Smoothies! Edy’s Outshine (tangerine/carrot and blueberry/beet) Popsicles.


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