Foodie Friday: Chocolate Olive Oil Bread

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A couple of weeks ago, I baked Coconut Bread, which was delicious. However, a friend commented that she did not like coconut, and jokingly (I think) said why don’t you substitute the coconut with chocolate?

Chocolate bread!!

Chocolate olive oil bread

After calming down, I went off to look for a recipe (I get like that, when I love an idea, I jump right into it) and as luck (or fate) would have it, a food blog I follow, Seven Spoons posted a Chocolate Olive Oil Zucchini Bread recipe.

I am not excited about zucchini in my chocolate. So I left it out, and put the zucchini in a pasta. *ahem*

The original recipe makes two loaves, and I only have one loaf pan, so I halved the recipe and made one.

Yup, I’m not following any rules here, people!

Without further ado, my friend, here’s your chocolate bread.

Chocolate Olive Oil Bread
An awesome recipe for chocolate bread. The kids will love this one!
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  1. Softened butter, for pans
  2. 3/4 cup (85 g) whole wheat flour
  3. 3/4 cup (85 g) all-purpose flour
  4. 1/4 cup (30 g) cocoa powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  9. 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  10. 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  11. 1 egg
  12. 3/4 cups fine-grained turbinado sugar (you can substitute with light brown sugar or demerara sugar)
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  1. Preheat an oven to 350ยฐF (175ยฐC). Grease one 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with softened butter. Use a length of parchment to line the bottom and long sides of the pan, forming a sling, and lightly butter the parchment as well. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chopped walnuts and chocolate. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil and buttermilk. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stir until combined, taking care not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake, rotating once, until a cake tester inserted into the loaf comes out almost clean, which should be around 50 minutes.
  5. Cool loaf in its pan on a rack for 20 minutes, then grasp the edges of the parchment to ease the bread out.
  6. Slice thickly, when it's completely cool. Slather on some Nutella for good measure. Or globs of butter.
  7. Eat. With great abandonment.
  1. If olive oil is not your thing, then it can be replaced by an equal amount of neutral oil or melted butter. With the latter, the bread will be denser and, as it lacks the mitigating edge of olive oil, it will taste sweeter as well.
Adapted from Seven Spoons
Adapted from Seven Spoons
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How would YOU eat this chocolate bread? Be creative.





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  • August 26, 2011 Julie

    I’m southern, so I’m gonna go ahead and put butter in there instead, but it sure looks good!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Good choice, and it IS good.

  • August 26, 2011 Elena

    YUMMMM! Looks delicious!!!! How would I eat it? With an excellent appetizer course of cheese and with a yummy red zinfandel blend. Not sure about being creative, but it sounds yum, yum, yummy.
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      That is creative in my head, cheese and wine with chocolate bread ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet it WILL be yummy.

  • August 26, 2011 jacqui

    It looks yum! I’m glad you left the zucchini out. I guess Kim needs to get baking as soon as she gets home.
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      It is yum! I wonder if she will bake this……

  • August 26, 2011 Mrs. Chocolate Bread - uh, Jen B.

    I love you. Marry me. I beg you.

    • August 26, 2011 Alison


      Okay, let’s!!

  • August 26, 2011 Rach

    Oh wow, that looks amazing!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      It was pretty good, if I dare say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 26, 2011 Asianmommy

    Looks delicious! I would eat it immediately out of the oven with my fingers. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I nearly did that, the smell was intoxicating!

  • August 26, 2011 Ann

    Awesome bread! I’m the same way…when I find something I want to make, I’m like a dog with a bone! I’ve been known to roast a turkey in June and make Ice-cream in February…if the spirit moves you…you gotta MOVE!

    I love coconut and chocolate, so I’m no help with your next recipe…
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Yes, when I get it in my head to make something, I just do it!

      Maybe I’ll make a coconut+chocolate something next time….

  • August 26, 2011 Natalie

    Chocolate and olive oil..who knew? YUMMY though…I heart all things chocolate!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I know, right??? I was so excited when I found the recipe!

  • August 26, 2011 Catheryn

    delicious and healthy!!!

    looking forward to try them out soon ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 26, 2011 Catheryn

      And I would surely have it with thick spread of peanut butter! Peanut butter + anything chocolate = BEST FRIENDS!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      It is delicious! I like to think it’s healthy too, but something that chocolatey?? ๐Ÿ™‚ And peanut butter is a great way to eat it, yes!

  • August 26, 2011 Amy

    Mmmm…I would just hide in my closet and devour the whole loaf.

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Haha! I came pretty close to doing that.

  • August 26, 2011 Ado

    You are not excited about zuchinni in your chocolate? Well – it does sound strange.
    What a recipe! You are all gung-ho on everything you do! Fabulous.
    PS: How the heck do you see when people post and get there so fast to comment? I’m being serious here – I just have a links list on my blog – do you have something you’d recommend, a bookmark thingie or something? Cause…I am in awe.
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I found a recipe for zucchini fritters so I’ll use all the zucchini I left out of this recipe to make those!

      (PS: My Google Reader is on permanently so it updates when someone has a new post.)

  • August 26, 2011 tracy

    I would eat it quickly before my kids could have any. YUM!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee!! Funny lady!

  • August 26, 2011 Jessica

    Oh my dear word. That looks divine! I must try this IMMEDIATELY. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Oh you must!! Tell me how you went with it!

  • August 26, 2011 Kiddothings

    How would I eat it – on it’s own with a nice cuppa milk tea!
    Very creative You!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      The same way I did eat it!

  • August 26, 2011 Janice

    Wow! Looks really good! Daughter’s been asking for more chocolate zucchini bread ๐Ÿ˜› will make this instead on the weekend. Wonder what it will taste like with avocado oil?

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Interesting question – I don’t know! Try it and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

      • September 6, 2011 Janice

        This bread was tasty! Made it allergen free – no dairy, eggs, or nuts. Substituted agave syrup for the sugar. Olive oil taste was strong but balanced. Will try another time with the avocado oil and zucchini ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again.

        • September 6, 2011 Alison

          Yay, glad it turned out well. And thanks for coming back to let me know how it went. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 26, 2011 Robin

    Yum! It is like bread or like cake?

    I’d probably eat it with tea. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      It’s got a bread-y texture but it tastes like cake! And I eat it the same way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 26, 2011 Hopes

    Once again you are making me drool all over my laptop. *sigh* Your bill is racking up!

    I would eat it with a glass of red wine (shocker) while sitting outside under the stars! (Its a beautiful night out tonight so I’ve got the sky on my mind)
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Haha, sorry about the drooling. It’s gonna be a weekly thing, just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Eating anything under the stars is a good idea!

  • August 26, 2011 Stasha

    This looks delicious. You make food look so good! As for zucchini? I do wonder…
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I think if you add zucchini, it’d taste like zucchini bread except chocolate-y??

      It’s a compliment, you saying I make food look good, so thank you!

  • August 26, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —-I love the idea that olive oil is in this chocolaty creation. One need not feel so guilty eating it ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I know, right??? Chocolate-y and NOT sinful – win!

  • August 26, 2011 Kimberly

    Chocolate bread. I love you.

    Was it like bread or more like cake? Whatever it is, I want some. And I’m NOT sharing with my monsters, I mean kids. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee. It’s got a bread-y texture but tastes like cake, yum!! I’m sending you some by pigeon, look out for it!

  • August 26, 2011 Barbara

    This sounds like the perfect thing for my husband since it has everything he loves – olive oil & chocolate! I think I would like the sweeter version with another oil. I guess I’ll have to try them both to find out!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Yes, do try and let me know how you went with it!

  • August 26, 2011 Jessica

    I would eat it on a silver platter after it was hand delivered to me.
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, of course you would, you Assy Lady.

  • August 26, 2011 Leslie

    Ooooooh! I get to satisfy my bread cravings, and my sweets cravings all while being healthy (olive oil, duh!)…okay, maybe not healthy. This sounds so incredibly tasty, and I’ve already pinned it for future hip expansion!
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    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I refuse to think of the calories ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s delicious, do try it!

  • August 26, 2011 Kir

    Cool Whip is showing up in my supermarket in a French Vanilla flavor..which is just as good as it sounds…and I would put a dollap on top of this. (we have a farmer’s market that we often stop at in NJ on our commut home..they had coconut bread for sale last week…it was fantastic…see now I don’t have to bake it myself. LOL)
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Hey anything from a farmer’s market is almost as good as home baked!!

  • August 26, 2011 Lola

    Drooling over here. Really. I just acquired a new ass dimple just looking at that decadent treat! How would I eat it? With my face planted directly into the pan!
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Hahahahahahahaha!! That comment is SO you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 26, 2011 Leighannn

    Oh MA LAWD

    Please move next door to me!
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      In a heartbeat.

  • August 26, 2011 Jackie

    okay that looks so good! But I have a TON of zucchini from my garden so how much do I put in? 1 – 2 cups?

    I just made a chocolate zucchini cake it was was so good… I think you’d like it! You can barely tell that there is zucchini in it.
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Ok I’ll take your word for it and try it next time!

  • August 26, 2011 Shell

    Oh yum! Though- I actually LOVE zucchini in breads. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Then you absolutely must try this recipe WITH the zucchini! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 26, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    I do love your Foodie Fridays! I’ve never actually had a chocolate BREAD! Which is very surprising for me ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Time to try and bake one, Jen. And include the zucchini, so your kids will get some greens in them!

  • August 26, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Chocolate bread?


    That, my friend, is a cake in disguise. You are so sly. And I love it.

    Off to bake some “bread” now. *air quotes* You know…for “breakfast.” *more air quotes* xo
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison


      Sigh, now you’ve let the cat out of the bag!

      And here I was, doing such a good job convincing everyone to eat cake for breakfast.

  • August 27, 2011 Melissa

    I would eat it with a fox, I would eat it in a box … JK, (Read Green Eggs and Ham to the little one last night). This looks so good! In all honesty, I would eat it with peanut butter.
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      You know, I think peanut butter would be awesome.

  • August 27, 2011 Amanda Austin


    Seriously, looks amazing. I’d love to try this out sometime for a breakfast bread.
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Oh you so should try this!

  • August 27, 2011 liz

    I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am skeptical of chocolate AND olive oil together. But then I’d definitely give a side-eye to adding zucchini to it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Push skepticism aside, Liz!! It’s AMAZING. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • August 27, 2011 Classic NYer

    Chocolate bread…?

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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Yes, lust, indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 27, 2011 Kim

    Alison, this looks so delicious!! I took one look at it and craved it; however, I was missing two ingredients ๐Ÿ™ so I made chocolate-chip muffins instead. Not the perfect substitute, but I’ve bookmarked this recipe for next time I go to the grocery store!!
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Hey chocolate anything is acceptable in my book!

  • August 27, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    You know what I think would be delish with it? Pears. I love pears and chocolate together. I wonder about the zucchini though and how much of it you’d actually taste? I may try it. A good way to sneak in some green!
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    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      That is creative, Rach. I’m not sure about the taste of zucchini, it calls for 2 cups of shredded zucchini, that’s a lot right? But you’re right, it is a good way to sneak in some veg!

  • August 27, 2011 Galit Breen

    Yum! Sounds delish!
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  • August 27, 2011 Alison

    It truly is!

  • August 28, 2011 Tina

    YUM YUM YUM!!!
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    • August 28, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes it was!

  • December 4, 2011 Amanda Guzman

    (we have a farmerโ€™s market that we often stop at in NJ on our commut home..they had coconut bread for sale last weekโ€ฆit was fantasticโ€ฆsee now I donโ€™t have to bake it myself. Off to bake some โ€œbreadโ€ now. Whatever it is, I want some. I like to think itโ€™s healthy too, but something that chocolatey??
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