Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread makes for a great coffee time treat. It can be a little daunting to add a vegetable to your dessert, but this bread will help you over your reservations.

In this spice bread recipe that I found on smittenkitchen.com, the zucchini adds texture and moisture. The walnuts add some crunch. The chocolate chips bring some sweetness to the mix. Spreading a little butter over the top while its still warm is a delicious addition as well.

Ingredients: (yields 2 loaves)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of zucchini, grated
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
I began by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then I greased and floured two bread pans.
In a large bowl I mixed together 3 cups of flour, 3 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 of a cup of walnuts, and 1 cup of chocolate chips. I set this aside for later.

Using a mixer bowl I mixed together 3 eggs until combined.

To the eggs I added 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 3/4 cups of sugar. I mixed until incorporated.

Then I mixed in 2 cups of grated zucchini and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

In two equal parts I mixed in the dry ingredients until combined. I made sure not to over mix.

I divided the batter between the two bread pans.

I baked the bread on the middle rack for 1 hour rotating halfway through. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Hints of warm spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg, a little crunch from the walnuts, little bursts of sweet chocolate, and a nice moist texture from the zucchini. This bread will have you looking at vegetables in a new way!

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