It turns out that when you don’t pick your zucchini, they just keep growing and growing. I learn something new every day! So when my parents went away for a few days, and my dad said, “help yourself to anything you see in the garden” and I never took anything, they came back to this (and others like it):
When I saw this monster of a zucchini, I immediately thought…”bread, no- chocolate bread”.
(Recipe adapted from Food Network)
- 2 3/4 c all purpose flour
- 1/4 c Dutch Process cocoa (I use Hershey’s)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 3/4 c applesauce
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups grated zucchini (leave skin on)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp orange zest (I didn’t have any oranges on hand, so I used 1 tsp orange blossom water)
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare 2 loaf pans (spray, then line with parchment)
- Sift together dry ingredients
- Beat eggs until fluffy, then whisk eggs with both sugars.
- Add applesauce, oil, vanilla, zucchini, orange zest, chocolate chips (and nuts if you want them) and mix until combined.
- Stir in dry ingredients and mix until blended.
- Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick stuck into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let cool for a minute then turn out of the pan to let cool completely on a rack.
(When I make this again- I will leave out the chocolate chips and replace them with another cup of shredded zucchini, and probably reduce the amount of cocoa powder to 2 tablespoons, rather than a 1/4 cup. Just so you can taste a little more of the zucchini. Also, I’d probably halve the all purpose flour and substitute the other half with whole wheat. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do that this time.)
Of course, this didn’t even use up half of the zucchini. So you get a bonus recipe.
Coconut fish and zucchini (recipe courtesy of my father-in-law)
- Zucchini cut into slices
- A white fish- like fluke-preferably fresh
- Coconut water (I used the liquid left in the can after I removed the thicker milk when I made these pancakes)
- Bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375 and spray a baking dish lightly with cooking spray
- Line dish with sliced zucchini
- Place fish on top of zucchini
- Pour coconut water over the top of the fish and zucchini
- Sprinkle with breadcrumbs (we would have used panko, if we had any on hand)
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
There you go, one healthy recipe and one… um, well, bread isn’t bad for you,and it has applesauce and zucchini in it, so it’s like a serving of fruit and vegetables, right?
This is going to be a crazy, busy week, with Ellie’s birthday party coming up, so I doubt I’ll have anything new, but I will have cookies and a cake to share this weekend!
Thanks for reading!