Chocolate chip zucchini bread

by - Thursday, March 17, 2011

My kids are really good about eating their veggies. They definitely have their favorites but I try to keep offering the ones that they haven't liked in the past and ask only that they take one bite (unless they want more!). Zucchini is a tricky one because it can sometimes be a little bitter. I took full advantage of the spirit of St. Patrick's day and the boys and I made zucchini bread for dessert last night. My kids put their "no green flecks in my food" rule aside in honor of St. Pat and, with the addition of a "secret ingredient" (aka chocolate chips), they enjoyed this green-ish and wholesome treat.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (vegan)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour works well)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup real maple syrup (this is a pretty sweet bread and this could be reduced to 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup oil (canola, coconut, olive - your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional, adds protein, iron, and omega 3s)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F (190º C). In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the milk, syrup, oil, lemon juice, vanilla, and zucchini. Add to the dry mixture and stir gently to combine. Fold in the raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, and hemp seeds.
  3. Pour batter into a loaf pan* lined with parchment paper (or lightly oiled). Bake for 45-50 minutes, until lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
*Note: You can also bake this as muffins. Reduce baking time to approximately 20-25 minutes.

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