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Easy 1 Bowl Vegan Zucchini Bread. Hearty Zucchini Bread with Chia seeds and Chocolate chips. Add some walnuts or other nuts for variation. Vegan Nutfree Recipe   Jump to Recipe    

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Is your zucchini crop filling up baskets yet? The abundance of summer squash around means a lot of grilled veggies, minestrone, shredded zucchini fritters, zucchini sloppy lentils and more ways to use them up. 

This zucchini bread is another popular loaf to add to the repository. With chia seeds for additional nutrition, these soft, moist, delicious slices make a for a great breakfast or snack. Add nuts, other toasted seeds and dried fruit for a hearty breakfast loaf. For Gluten-free try this GF Zucchini Loaf.

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Tips for a great zucchini bread

  • Zucchini can have a ton of moisture which can end up throwing the dry to wet balance off and making the bread gummy. Squeeze out the zucchini for best results. 
  • Use a good balance of batter to zucchini. More zucchini than what the batter can handle also can yield gummy or wet result. 
  • If you arent accustomed to or fond of the chia texture, omit the chia seeds. 
  • This bread can be made without oil and low sugar, see recipe notes. The bread can tend to dry out without the oil and will benefit from the addition of 1/4 cup coconut flakes.

Easy Vegan Zucchini Bread. Hearty Zucchini Bread with Chia seeds and chocolate chips. Add some walnuts or other nuts for variation. #Vegan #Nutfree #Recipe #veganricha

Easy Vegan Zucchini Bread with Chia Seeds

4.98 from 37 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Easy 1 Bowl Vegan Zucchini Bread. Hearty Zucchini Bread with Chia seeds and chocolate chips. Add some walnuts or other nuts for variation. Vegan Nutfree Recipe
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  • 3/4 cup non dairy milk, , such as almond milk, soy milk
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar or light brown sugar or coconut sugar, , 1-2 tbsp more for sweeter
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1.5 cups flour, (I use 1 cup unbleached all purpose and 1/2 cup wheat)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp spices like cinnamon, , optional
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, , squeezed between paper towels to remove excess moisture
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, , plus more for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 365 deg F (190 C), line a loaf pan with parchment or grease well. Mix non dairy milk and chia seeds in a large bowl and let sit for 10 mins. Then whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients until well combined. 
  • Fold in the zucchini. Add the dry ingredients (start with 1.25 cups flour if using  more whole grain flour, and more a tbsp at a time), and mix to make a thick muffin like batter. Fold in the chocolate chips (and 1/4 cup chopped nuts if using). ( If omitting the chia seeds from the wet, you will need a bit more flour to get the thick batter).
  • Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle 1 tbsp chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake at 365 degrees F (190 deg C) for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean from the center. (baking time will depend on the moisture content of the zucchini and the batter) . For a gluten-free bread, see GF Zucchini Loaf



Variation: Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut to the dry. The coconut adds a darker caramelized color and amazing flavor to the bread. 
Chocolate Zucchini Bread: Use 1 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder.  If the consistency of the batter is too thin, add a tbsp or so more flour.
Chia: You can omit the chia seeds from the wet. Add another tbsp of sugar and mix in. You might need a few tbsp more flour.
Oil-free: Omit oil and use 2 tbsp applesauce. Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut to the dry to help retain moisture.
Refined sugar free: Omit sugar, add 1/3-1/2 cup chopped dates instead of chocolate
For a gluten-free bread, see GF Zucchini Loaf
Nutrition is for 1 slice of 12


Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Easy Vegan Zucchini Bread. Hearty Zucchini Bread with Chia seeds and chocolate chips. Add some walnuts or other nuts for variation. #Vegan #Nutfree #Recipe #veganricha

About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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  1. Diane says:

    How about using whole wheat pastry flour?

    Love your recipes!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      I recommend usin 1 cup unbleached all purpose and ½ cup whole wheat flour. You can use all whole wheat flour, but it will be more dense.

  2. Denise says:

    5 stars
    I was hesitant as I’ve never baked with that much chia before, but it’s 6 stars ! So good. I actually baked 2, and will bake more to freeze as my zuchini plant produces this summer.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      🙂 thank you!

  3. Christine Mcmahan says:

    Could you double this recipe by doubling each ingredient, or with some of them have to be a little bit less or more? Love all your recipes.
    Thank you

    1. Richa says:

      Double everything. Then add more of the flour or non dairy milk if needed based of batter consistency. You want a muffin batter like thick batter

  4. Bree says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe multiple times and everyone always loves it. The flavors and sweetness are perfectly balanced and I love the crunch of the chia seeds! Sometimes I sprinkle nutmeg on top because I love nutmeg but otherwise I follow the recipe exactly.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Yum! Great idea.

  5. Dawn M Jensen says:

    Can I omit the chocolate chips?

    1. Richa says:


  6. Janine says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this numerous times, and it is loved by my entire family, even my non-vegan husband. Makes great Holiday gifts too!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says: