Sunday, August 24, 2008

Zucchini Bread Without Too Much Guilt

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables of all time, and since it's in season right now we've seen a LOT of it in my kitchen lately. I find a way to mix it into pastas, I roast it, I add it to salads. And, of course, I bake it! I received a huge zucchini from my in laws on a recent trip to their house, and I knew this giant veggie was destined for dessert.

I didn't have a specific recipe saved for zucchini bread, so I went to the Internet to find the perfect combination. I knew one thing for sure, and that was that it had to be a slightly 'healthy' version of my favorite snack bread. Zucchini bread can be incredibly full of sugar and fat, so I wanted a lighter version that I could eat without too much guilt. This isn't the healthiest version around, especially with the added nuts and chocolate chips, but it's a great alternative for dessert. I didn't have two loaf pans to use, so I baked it up in a single 9x9 square pan. I showed my changes in pink. If you're looking for a moist, fresh tasting version of zucchini bread, look no further.

Cooking Light's Zucchini Bread

2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place zucchini on several layers of paper towels, and cover with additional paper towel. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Set aside.

Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through baking powder) in a large bowl, and stir well; make a well in center of mixture. Combine zucchini, applesauce, egg substitute, oil, and vanilla; add to dry ingredients (along with 1/2 cup walnuts), stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Divide batter evenly between 2 (71/2 x 3-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray (or one 9x9 inch square pan). Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.


suze said...

ben saw me reading your blog, and commented on the picture, "oh my god, that looks good. we should make that."

i think he was enamored with the chocolate chips :).

Darius T. Williams said...

LOL - it's shouldn't be guilty - it's a veggie, right? LOL - no matter how you cook it or what you add to it, it's a need for guilt. LOL


Nicole said...

Looks good. I haven't had zucchini bread in years!!!

Sarah said...

I was just wondering what I could make that is sweet tonight--looks like I found it!!

Shannalee || Food Loves Writing said...

Um, YUM. I remember the first time someone made me a version of this, it was at a church potluck I think? I was smitten immediately.

PS: Glad to have found your blog, through your comment at Orangette. We Chicagoans should stick together! :)