Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread–a moist quick bread (cake?) that is a cross between banana and zucchini bread. The bonus is that it’s got mini chocolate chips too and it’s made in your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread
This one I couldn’t get right until the fourth try. But I’m happy to say I finally did get it right. The thing is, you really need to use a bundt cake pan* for this recipe. I tried my 7 inch spring form pan* 3 times (hence the picture above), cooking longer each time and each time the middle was raw. The bundt cake pan seemed to work better because of the way it’s shaped. I also cooked this bread in my slow cooker*. I put both directions along with conventional oven directions in the recipe below.
If you love zucchini bread and also love banana bread then you’re going to love this instant pot chocolate chip zucchini banana bread. It’s the perfect mix and the mini chocolate chips just make it even better. It’s a bit of a different texture than your normal banana bread that’s made in your oven. It’s much more moist and doesn’t have that baked/browned top. But if you’re living through a hot summer it’s a perfect way to “bake” a treat without turning on your oven.
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Zucchini Italiano Casserole from All Free Slow Cooker Recipes
What Instant Pot Did You Use?
To make this Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1 for this recipe. When I made this bread in the slow cooker I used my 6 quart Kitchenaid oval slow cooker.Print
Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
A moist quick bread (cake?) that is a cross between banana and zucchini bread. The bonus is that it’s got mini chocolate chips too and it’s made in your electric pressure cooker.
- 2 small ripe bananas or 1 large ripe banana (90 grams), mashed
- 2 cups (230 grams) shredded zucchini
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oil (I used canola oil but you can use coconut oil or vegetable oil)
- 1 1/2 cups flour (I’ve tried all white flour, half whole wheat and half white and all whole wheat)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl whisk together the mashed banana, shredded zucchini, egg and oil.
- Stir in the flour, salt, sugars, baking powder and baking soda until no white streaks remain. Don’t overmix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
For the Instant Pot
- Prepare a 6 cup bundt cake pan* by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Cover the top of the pan very loosely with foil.
- Pour 1 ½ cups of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot*. Place the bundt cake pan on top of the trivet and then using the handles carefully lower the trivet and pan into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Cover the Instant Pot. Press the manual button (or pressure cook button) and adjust the cooking time to 60 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the valve is set to sealing.
- When the timer beeps carefully move the valve to venting. Using hot pads remove the trivet and pan from the Instant Pot. Let the bread/cake sit for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and serve warm or cold.
For the Slow Cooker
- Prepare a loaf pan that will fit inside your 6 quart oval slow cooker by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Place a trivet in the bottom of your slow cooker so that air can circulate underneath the pan. Place the pan on top of the trivet.
- Place a double layer of paper towels on top of the slow cooker and secure them with the lid. This will prevent moisture from dripping on top of the bread.
- Cook on high for 3-6 hours. My slow cooker took about 5 hours on high but some slow cookers will take as little as 3 hours. Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs then it’s done.
- Preheat your oven to 350° F. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 60 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs it’s done. Cool on a rack, slice and enjoy.
I used my Mealthy CrispLid* to brown the top of the bread when it was done. I put it on the tall trivet and cooked for 2 minutes on 500 degrees F.
- Method: Instant Pot
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Karen I just love all of your recipes and appreciate that you share your work with us.
I just started using a digital kitchen scale and am looking for recipes to practice on. This one has the weight of the banana and shredded zucchini, but there are no weights of other ingredients. Do you have that info or do I have to convert the volume measurements?
Not a fan of bananas. How much of a banana flavor does this recipe have? I love zucchini bread. Can I omit the banana and maybe add applesauce?
You could try that. It does have quite a bit of banana flavor. So maybe google zucchini bread instant pot for better results.
My mealthy air crisper only goes to 420 degrees
You can just use 420 degrees, should be just fine!
george e basden says
Is my assumption correct to cut the recipe in half if using a 3 qt IP or 4 qt slow cooker?
Hi George, did you mean Instant Pot or slow cooker? If you’re making it in a 3 quart Instant Pot you’ll need a very small pan for the pot in pot cooking method. If you do indeed have one you can halve the recipe.
Just made this and omg it tastes so good!!! I had to use a springform pan in my instant pot so my bread was slightly underdone in the middle and my chocolate chips sunk to the bottom because I got the wrong size but I’m okay with both of those things! Bottom line is it tastes amazing and it was pretty easy. Thanks for the recipe!
Haha! I’m glad you liked it no matter what happened 🙂
Pat Belmont says
Just made this today and it came out great! Used my Bundt insert from my springform pan.
Twila keeler says
Hi Karen, I was wondering if you could add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to this recipe? Would it change anything? 🇨🇦🇨🇦
It would be great! Add it in 🙂
Jackie White says
Is that about an average amount of sugar for a sweet bread or a little less? I’m trying to look for recipes that use less sugar than your typical recipes.
Probably the average amount. The bananas do give it some sweetness.
I’m sorry I would have to say this recipe flunked. It looked beautiful but was so “wet” and heavy. I ate a piece and was so disappointed. Have to say it was my first failure out of all of your recipes. I will not be making breads or cakes again. Just as easy to cook in the oven and I know what the outcome will be. I do love all of your chicken and beef recipes that I have made (at least 3 or more a week) so keep those good recipes coming!!
Sorry you had a bad experience. Did you by chance measure your bananas and zucchini with a digital scale to the gram?
Jessie Bester says
I had the same issue, but I didn’t measure to the gram, I did by the cups for the zucchini and had 2 bananas for them.
could you use a cup for cup gluten free flour????
I’m sorry that I don’t know the answer to this question. I am not an expert in gluten free baking at all!
Hi! This sounds amazing! I’ll probably regret asking this but do you have the nutritional information available?
Hi, I just added it in above 🙂
I made this today and it’s Amazing I can’t Stop eating it
Haha! Glad you liked it.
How many cups of banana? Also, I’m not fond of chocolate (or nuts)? If I leave it out, do I have to make some kind of adjustment to the recipe? Thanks for your help.
It’s about 2/3 cup of banana and don’t worry just leave out the chocolate
tried it verbatim and failed miserably:(. came out like a half cooked soggy gooey mess had to throw it all out
I have the 3 qt Instant Pot. Do you know what size bundt pan I would need and what adjustments I should make to the recipe?
I’m not exactly sure Jan. I would suspect you should add 10 minutes to the cooking time. Here is a pan that would fit: https://www.amazon.com/Flower-Bundtlette-Pressure-Cooker-baking/dp/B07BRY6P5J
Just wanted to confirm – 60 minutes at high pressure in the IP? that seems awfully long.
yes, that’s right 🙂
I cooked it for 60 mins & used a bundt pan but it wasn’t cooked all the way thru. Suggestions?
Can you just make these things in the instapot without using the bundt pan or spring foam pan?
Unfortunately you cannot. It will burn to the bottom of the pot. You could however make them in your slow cooker without a pan.
Can you use the silicone bakeware in an instant pot on a trivet ?
How could I convert this into a muffin using my egg bites pan?
Hi Nancy, I’m sorry that I can’t answer this question. I really have no idea. I don’t have an egg bites pan and haven’t tried it.
Hi! I followed recipe except I used one cup zucchini and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
I then divided batter between two silicone egg bite molds filling them 3/4 full. I covered them in foil and made them in high pressure for 25 minutes with a 10 minute npr. They turned out perfect!
Tried this today. My neighbor brought over the first of many zucchini to come.
The bread had me a little worried, I’ve never made anything sweet before.
But it came out great. Next time only half the chips. I used a spring form.
Ty for the recipe.
I was wondering if I could substitute something for the banana like apple sauce or pumpkin filling. I have a weird reaction to bananas so I’ve just eliminated them from my diet. This recipe sounds so good though that I’m hoping I can try something else. Also how many cups of something else do you think it would be?
I bet pumpkin filling or apple sauce might work. I can’t say for sure since I’ve never tried it. Bananas are very sweet so you may have to add more sweetener in since pumpkin doesn’t have much sugar in it. I’d add about 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree or apple sauce.
I didn’t know I could put a bundt pan in my instant pot! My current bundt pan is way too big to fit inside. I have so much to learn.
Yeah, you’ll have to get a small baby bundt pan. You can order them on amazon. I have yet to see them in a normal store. You’ll get the hang of it!
Sometimes TJ, Marshals or Home Goods has smaller pans like springform , bundta etc for cheap ! I am going to try my pumpkin / banana / choc chip recipe later today Love not having to turn on my oven
You can now buy those cute little baby bundt pans at Aldi! Not sure how long they will have them, but I’m headed there now to get one (plus a baby spring form pan too!).
Nice! I wish I had an Aldi.
Linda Halverson says
Could you add another small banana instead of zuchinni? Also would like to add a few walnuts.
Yes you could and walnuts sound great!
So do you not have to drain the zucchini like you normally would when making zucchini bread?
Very good, but I will definitely use the bundt pan next time.
I grow my own zuchinni – anywhere up to 3 feet or so long. How many cups is a “small” shredded zuchinni?
I would say about 2 cups, not packed
Thanks for the reply. My “small” zukes are sometimes larger than other people’s, so cup measurements help a lot. I think I would still drain the shredded zukes before adding to recipes. The applesauce or pumpkin substitutions sound good, too.
Thank you for the recipe. First sweet thing I’ve cooked in the IP and it turned out amazing. I’m inspired to try more sweets in the IP now.
I do have a question though. How do you store the cake and for about how long can it keep?
I wrap it up tight and store in the freezer. It will last for a couple of months in there.
Charla Gonzales says
That was a really helpful post. Thanks, Karen!
Just wanted some clarification around the IP instructions. You’ve mentioned both a bundt pan (step 1) and spring form (step 2) but the photo shows a round cake with no hole in the middle. Will either one work?
yes, you can use either one although I found that the bundt pan make for a more even cook. The picture was taken with a spring form pan.
Loved the recipe. I did make it in a bundt pan turned out great, flavorful and moist. I will definitely be making this again.
Sounds SO yummy!! Pinned!
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Lisa Langley says
Curious…a lot of times I like to substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil in baking recipes. Do you think that would work here?
Lisa Langley says
I went ahead and tried it.
So, I used a half a cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil. I also did a half/half mix of the flour with all purpose and whole grain/whole wheat (3/4 cup each). And, I reduced the mini semisweet chocolate chips down to 1/2 cup instead of a full cup. I cooked it exactly as described in the Instant Pot. It turned out very moist and flavorful and my kids and I all loved it. Comes to 169 calories (if sliced into 12 slices) and only 4g of total fat. Now to work on reducing the sugar/carb content….
Wow! I’m impressed, Lisa.
Lisa Messick says
Lisa, Which pan did you use?
I haven’t had my Instant Pot very long, and I didn’t know you could make bread in it. This will be perfect for hot days when I don’t want to heat up the oven!
yes it’s so fun to experiment! I think you’ll like it 🙂