We've been getting tons of zucchini delivered in our weekly Box of Good delivery. Recently I realized I could actually cook it yummy, sauteed in a little olive oil and salt and pepper. But, I can't get my kids to eat it that way... yet. So I resort to chocolate zucchini bread to sneak some zucchini into their diet. I started with this recipe. The problem is, it really isn't healthy at all. Really hardly any difference than chocolate cake (you all are thinking, THAT'S why they'll eat it).
I decided to change it up a bit to make it a little healthier. The good news... it is YUMMIER! Honest!
So here is my version of the recipe:
Yummy Healthier Chocolate Zucchini Bread, makes 3 loaves (no, that's NOT a type-o)
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups of evaporated cane sugar (could do a little less than this)
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup homemade applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Fold in 3-4 cups of shredded zucchini.* Pour evening into three separate prepared pans. Cook at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Check before that. I had one loaf done in about 35 minutes! It was the same size, just a different non-stick pan. Cool for about ten minutes and remove them from the pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.
* Tip: If your kids freak out at the sight of anything green a perfect solution is to puree the zucchini. I usually do this so they are willing to eat the bread. Don't judge me.
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