There are a million recipes out there on the interwebs, and I spent my fair share of time trawling through them!
In the end I pretty much did my own thing! I had plenty of zucchini to use and wasn't afraid of it tasting (lots of recipes seemed to be all about 'hiding' the veggie in them). Plus I wanted as little sugar as possible and substitute with applesauce. Plus I only had whole wheat all purpose flour on hand. Plus I love pecans, and, c'mon people EVERYTHING tastes better with choc chips in it, no?! So I tweaked and played and made it be what I wanted it to be...
This was a huge hit. Even Chris loved it - and he's not got that much of a sweet -tooth (though his preference for eating it was sliced, and then slathered in butter and marmite - I admit it was pretty darn good like this, but I was also determined to eat it au natural so I could savour it's flavour and pat myself on the back a little more for pulling off such a damn good bread!)
Zucchini Bread (makes 2 loaves)
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup soft brown sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2½ cups (packed) grated zucchini
- 1¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup choc chip
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- Prepare the zucchini (this is the tedious part - I used my food processor with the grating attachment which is easy enough - but cleaning the damn machine is the bane of my life!) Once grated you need to squeeze the f**k out of the zucchini to get all the liquid out - this will be way more usable for cooking. I scoop a large pile of the zucchini into a clean tea towel then twist it like a candy wrapper - it really is amazing how much liquid comes out! OK, actually I let Chris do that because I'm not strong enough. Or maybe it might cause me to work a sweat if I tried. Either way...SQUEEZE!
- Put the first 6 ingredients into a large bowl (basically the dry stuff) and mix together
- Then chuck everything else in to the bowl (except the nuts and chocolate)
- Mix - I use my hands - but then I don't have a food mixer - that would be so much easier (but then you have to wash it up, whereas I can just lick clean ;-)
- Fold in the choc chips and nuts
- Drop into lightly greased loaf pans and cook at 350 degrees for 45-55 mins.
- Use a cocktail stick to check when done. If you poke it in and it comes out clean you're good to go
- Eat as soon as possible (hey, most recipes say to let sit and cool, but we all know we like to sneak a bite when its still warm from the oven. Sure it probably won't cut nicely but it's not about looks, it's all about taste!)