Memorial Day

Chocolate Cardamom Orange Zucchini Bread with ToastedĀ Coconut

August 17, 2018
5 Ratings
Photo by Chelsea
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 50 minutes
  • Makes 1 loaf
Author Notes

This fudgy zucchini bread is topped with an orange maple glaze and toasted coconut! It is gluten-free and naturally sweetened by coconut sugar and real maple syrup. —Chelsea

What You'll Need
  • For the loaf
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • For the topping
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the coconut sugar and orange zest until fragrant. Whisk in the olive oil and maple syrup until well combined. Beat in the eggs and then add the vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir until no dry bits remain. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chunks.
  5. Pour the batter into your loaf pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, prep your glaze by whisking together the orange juice and tablespoon of maple syrup.
  6. Remove from the oven, brush with the glaze and sprinkle with coconut. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Allow the loaf to cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan. To avoid losing all of your coconut, cut the loaf in half and remove from the pan (rather than flipping the pan over).
  8. Enjoy with a spread of nut butter for breakfast or with fresh berries and whipped cream for dessert! It is also delicious on its own.

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1 Review

jgately January 17, 2023
Anything with cardamom and cocoa gets my attention, and zucchini, that's a big yes! But I've made this recipe three times now and haven't been fully satisfied. It's more like a light cake than breakfast bread. Wish it were denser. Also feeling like upping the sweetener might help.