Chocolate & courgette loaf cake

At the risk of becoming a crazy lady who hides vegetables in everything (see last week’s hidden kale smoothie, and my previous post for carrot & pineapple muffins), this week it’s the turn of courgettes (zucchini) in chocolate cake. I’ve also cut the sugar a little by using fruit syrup, and the courgettes help it stay moist without adding too much fat. Delicious, yes, but the test is also how the blood sugar stacks up a couple of hours later: a big slice of this for tea, and coming in at 7.0 before supper, means that this gets added to the ‘make again’ list.

Ingredients: serves 10

  • 210g plain flour
  • 83g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 170g Sweet Freedom light fruit syrup (0r 225g golden caster sugar)
  • 225ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 55ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 grated courgettes (zucchini), moisture squeezed out
  • 50g chocolate chips (I used plain, but you could also use milk chocolate)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (or 160ºC fan)
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  3. Grate the courgettes in a food processor, then pop them in a clean kitchen towel or muslin and squeeze all the moisture out of them. (Very therapeutic, this bit)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & bicarb, salt and either the fruit syrup or sugar). Add the grated courgettes and stir to coat. Add the chocolate chips and stir again.
  5. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil and egg. Pour this mixture into the other ingredients and stir it all together with a wooden spoon, until just blended nicely.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool the loaf in the tin for 10 minutes before tipping it out onto a cooling rack.


29g carbs per slice (or 37g if you’ve used sugar instead of fruit syrup)

Total carbs per recipe: 289g





2 Comments Add yours

  1. mumoftype1 says:

    What a weird coincidence! I made zucchini ( check out how Aussie I am) on Sunday! I should send you the recipe! Full of zucchini and chopped so fine that no one could tell! They are mentally scared, my boys, by the gorgeous mum in laws soggy courgettes as veg at dinner! I’ll need to give your recipe a go!


  2. mumoftype1 says:

    I meant zucchini loaf! I’m not that smart!


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