I have updated this post from 2009 since we recently came home with a large yellow zucchini from a trip. When your zucchini gets too big and filled with too many seeds to enjoy sauteed, you can easily resort to a zucchini quick bread recipe that everyone will love.
Yes, it is a Low-fat Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe that is filled with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and zucchini. Trust me the kids won’t even know what they are really eating unless you tell them.
By no means does this year’s crop compare to the one we found in 2009 but it’s still a little big for a tasty fresh dish. Just wanted to show the dimensions of this zucchini compared to my shoes… I wear a size 8…
After being gone for 10 days I have proof that people are honest in this world. I came home to a 5 lb zucchini this weekend.
Which says 1 of 2 things, people are not out to get the fruits of my labor or the folks I offered harvesting rights to, just did not know when it would be ready to be harvested!
Unfortunately, at this size, you can not just cut it up and make salads or even just saute it with some olive oil.
HOW TO FREEZE ZUCCHINI FOR BAKING
The best solution to use up this mass amount on produce was to shred it up and make zucchini breads, 4 loaves and I still have another half to use!
When shredding this amount of zucchini, 4 cups in total, I chose to use the shredder disc on my Cuisinart food processor. I was also afraid of the stiff skin would be trouble getting through a traditional grater.
I was able to use a traditional grater for the smaller size but if you have a lot a shredder disc will make things go faster.
With any extra zucchini shreds, simply put them in a freezer bag and use them in your future baking endeavors.
This recipe makes two loaf pans of this yummy snack bread. You can easily freeze one, but it disappears pretty quickly in my house.
To make sure the loaves bake evenly, be sure each pan is filled with an even amount of batter.
HOW TO MEASURE OUT BATTER FOR YOUR QUICK BREAD PANS
This time I actually measured and hopefully this will help you as well.
One way to trick your kids to eat their veggies in the chocolately zucchini quick bread recipe.
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour, You can also use all purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp each baking soda and cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3 whole eggs
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups packed, grated zucchini
½ cup chocolate chips-mini or regular size
Preheat oven to 350’ Spray two 8x4 inch loaf pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. set aside
In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, applesauce, vegetable oil and vanilla. Stir in Zucchini. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. If making double recipe use a mixer)
Spread batter evenly in prepared pans. Bake for 50 minutes (25 minutes for smaller loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pans and let cool on a wire rack before serving.
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