Instant Pot Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Skip the oven with this delicious recipe for instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread. That’s right – we said double chocolate! This recipe is so good, it’s on our list of best zucchini recipes!

Summer is synonymous with zucchini season. And when it’s zucchini season, odds are you are up to your ears in zucchini. I have a few new recipes up my sleeve this summer.

I already shared the cheesy cornbread zucchini muffin recipe with you, but needed to get this instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread recipe in front of you, too! The best part about this recipe is you can skip heating up your house by using your instant pot electric pressure cooker!

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Why should you cook your double chocolate zucchini bread in the instant pot?

If you are skeptical, believe me when I say you won’t regret it. Quick bread cooked in the instant pot come out moist and flavorful. Sure, it takes the same amount of time as your oven. But you don’t have to use your oven. This is great not only if you don’t want to heat up your house, but if your oven is otherwise occupied by some other dish.

I have experimented with instant pot banana bread and instant pot funfetti cake  (both success), so I was fairly certain this recipe for instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread would work. Boy, did it work!

It came out so pretty – it looks more like a chocolate cake than a loaf of zucchini bread. My kids inhaled almost half of it before I cut them off.

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Ingredients for instant pot zucchini bread

  • shredded zucchini
  • all-purpose flour
  • white whole wheat flour
  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • vegetable oil
  • chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt

A note on whole wheat flour

You may have noticed that I include a bit of whole wheat flour in this recipe. The majority is all-purpose flour, but you can customize it to your tastes. We have made zucchini bread using all whole wheat flour and all white flour.

It just depends on your personal preference and individual tastes. I will say that if your family is not used to the whole wheat flour, but you want to start incorporating more whole grains, stick to the amounts in this recipe. It adds a touch of whole grains without the flavor being overpowering.

If you’re looking for more creative ways to use up excess zucchini, try our recipes for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread and Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins.

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instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread on a blue plate

Instant Pot Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Aileen Clark
Skip the oven with this recipe for moist instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread. 
4.53 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Bread Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 278 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini do not drain
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Grease and flour an 8-inch push pan. Fill your pressure cooker with 1 cup water and place trivet inside. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. 
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients 
  • Mix until combined.
  • Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared push pan. 
  • Create a foil sling and lower the filled pan into the instant pot so it sits on top of the trivet. 
  • Loosely cover the top with a paper towel and fold the foil sling over the top.
  • Close the lid and set to sealing. 
  • Cook on high pressure for 65 minutes. 
  • Natural Pressure Release (NPR).
  • Carefully remove the instant pot double chocolate zucchini bread using the foil sling. 
  • Let cool on a cooling rack then carefully remove the double chocolate zucchini bread using the push feature in the pan 
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container, up to 3 days.


Calories: 278kcal
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  1. Hi there. What is a foil sling? What does it me to fold the sling over the top? Do I cook the cake with the paper towel in the cooker?

    1. Hi Laura. It’s just a long piece of foil folded lengthwise to life the pan in and out. If your trivet has long handles, you won’t need the sling. Yes, the paper towel stays inside the pot. It absorbs the extra moisture so your bread doesn’t get soggy.

  2. New to baking in a IP and I am going to try this recipe but want to use the little mini IP loaf pans. Can you give me some directions for cool time and if I have a trivet with handles, do I need to still make foil sling or just cover the loaves with paper towel and foil?

    1. I would let it cool 20-30 minutes. There is no need to make a foil sling if your trivet will do the job. Enjoy!

        1. Hi there! I used a 6 quart to test this recipe. I would recommend cutting this recipe in half and using a pan small enough to fit in your mini. The cook time should stay the same. Happy cooking! – Aileen

  3. I made this recipe and follow it to a “t”. When I took the foil off, the top was baked but the middle was mushy. What did I do wrong?

    1. Hi Michele. I am so sorry this one didn’t work out for you. I wish I could be there in your kitchen so I could offer more guidance. If it was undercooked in the middle, I would suggest adding an additional 10 minutes of cook time. Unfortunately, these things happen sometimes. It can be a variety of factors, including the temperature of your ingredients. I hope this helps!

  4. I followed this recipe to a tee, and the bread did not cook through. I have 8qt Instant Pot Lux. Had to finish it in the oven.