A friend of mine from Books Through Bars tipped me off to this delicious recipe back in 2008. Actually, let me rephrase: she taunted me with slice after slice of this zucchini bread on multiple occasions until I broke down and begged for the recipe.
If you have a glut of zucchini this summer, this is a great way to use some up, but it’s also the kind of recipe I feel like eating year-round. It’s spicy — there’s a whole lotta nutmeg and cinnamon — and it just has a great, warm flavor. I love the texture, too; it’s fluffy and moist with a nice crumb.
I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit from the original and the ingredients are pretty darn wholesome, so if you’re looking to sneak in a few extra veggies onto a picky eater’s plate, this might be just what you’re looking for. If that’s the case, you should probably just call it “Spicy Awesome Bread.” Or if you’re looking to instill fear, Midwestern grandma-style, call it “Spicy Surprise Bread.” While you’re at it, you might as well “sneak in” some chocolate chips, too — they pair awesomely with the flavors in this bread.
- 6 tbsp ground flax seeds
- ½ c warm water
- 2 c turbinado sugar (or light brown sugar)
- ½ c oil
- ½ c applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 to 2½ c grated zucchini (~3 medium-sized ones)
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c chocolate chips or raisins, optional
- Grease two loaf pans.
- Mix together flax seeds and warm water.
- Add sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla; beat well.
- Add grated zucchini; stir til combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients.
- Add dry mixture to wet and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened and everything is incorporated evenly; some lumps are fine. If adding additional mix-ins, fold them in now. Divide batter between prepared pans.
- Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until knife inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before slicing.