I love the Zucchini Bread recipe I got from my sister-in-law. It has orange juice concentrate and orange zest in it, and it is refreshingly tasty. And I will be happy to share it with you, but not today.
Yesterday I was looking for something new and different and tasty (and healthy but don't tell the kids) and so I found a popular recipe on food.com and then altered it to suit my baking preferences (less sugar, different oils, heartier flour) and voila!
Yep, it was that good.
This bread is seriously desert-like, but you could totally eat it for breakfast. Or lunch. Or a snack. I ate half the loaf myself. I just made it last night. OK now you know too much.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed out (a tea towel works well)
3 cups whole wheat flour (hard red) (not white whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 pkg. mini chocolate chips
I was in a rush (baby waking up), so I honestly just dumped it all in my KitchenAid stand mixer, gave it a whirl until it was well combined, and then plopped it in two well buttered loaf pans and baked it at 325 for 50 minutes. In the interest of full disclosure, the original had you mixing things up separately, you know the drill.
1. I've tried zucchini bread with butter instead of oil, and it really is better with coconut oil. Strange as it seems to me, I don't like the buttery taste in my zucchini bread.
2. Next time I make it, I'm going to experiment with a different, more nutritious sweetener. I'm considering: raw sugar, honey, or just less of the refined stuff. My recipe here has half of what was called for already though. Drop your suggestions in the combox.
3. Chopping up dark, higher quality chocolate would take it up a notch on the health-o-meter. I really liked the mini chips in the bread though, to be honest.
4. If the batter seems unnaturally thick, don't worry about it. I thought it would turn out a brick based on the way it went in, but it came out fine.
I hope you make it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.