Thursday, July 9, 2009

First Harvest

You know you are a superb dietitian when your 8 year old daughter harvests the first zucchini of the summer and says, "Oh, yes! We get to have chocolate zucchini bread!"

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
4 eggs
3 cups grated zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix oil, melted butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and eggs. Stir in zucchini. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Pour into three greased and floured 8-in X 4-in X 2-in loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

(You only have to eat half a loaf to get a full serving of vegetables!)


Linn said...

Super delicious and as I am always an over-achiever, I'll eat the whole loaf. Two servings of vegetables are better than one!

Sally said...

I think Deceptively Delicious even puts spinach in theirs! She puts spinach in her brownies, too, or avocado maybe... I tried them and you really can't taste it! I love that cookbook. Found it at Costco. :) Way to grow a zucchini though! Just like Michelle Obama, you are.

Christy P. said...

I make this, too, but usually not until August! Several zuke ideas on blog last year, too:

Booklogged said...

Oh, my this looks fabulous! I love zucchini bread but have never heard of chocolate zuke br. Now you are talking my kind of food!

I get so excited watching our garden grow. The anticipation of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers - wonderful. We harvested our first zuke last week. It was heavenly. I know I'll have crooknecks ripe when I get home after a week in Cedar City.

RyanH said...

So, 1.5 loaves= 3 veggie servings... cool, I ate better than I thought! :D

Kristi said...

YUM!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!