Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 5 x 9-inch loaf pans.
Combine eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl. Add zucchini, mixing well.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
Slowly add sifted mix to the zucchini mixture. Blend well and stir in chocolate chips.
Divide mixture between the two prepared loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Remove bread from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
You can prepare the dry ingredients in advance so you've got a mix on hand when time is short. Just be sure to refrigerate any prepared dry mixes. Recipe adapted from Breakfast in Bed, Carol Frieberg (Sasquatch Books, 1990). Slices of bread freeze well wrapped individually.
This bread can be made with wheat flour or another type of gluten-free flour. Just be sure to check the flour instructions to see if xanthan gum is needed.
We love quick breads like banana bread. But, sometimes we want them to be a bit different. The nice thing about this recipe is you can easily change things up. Don't want chocolate chips? Try pecans or walnuts, or raisins, or dried cranberries. The possibilities are limitless!
Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla on high speed in mixer until creamy. The mixture should be light when done.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended
Mash bananas with the milk in a separate bowl and set aside
In another bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients.
Alternately mix about 1/3 of dry ingredients and 1/3 of bananas into the egg mixture until all are combined.
Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Check during last 1/2 hour for doneness by inserting toothpick or cake tester.
Allow to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
There's a wide range of time for baking due to different baking speeds for different types of pans. Once you know how long your pan and oven take, you can lock that in as the baking time. Also, if you don't have a cake tester, just use a metal turkey lacer (it works really well!).