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My Momma’s Zucchini Bread (with dark chocolate chips)

Chocolate Chips, Zucchini, Carrots Oh My!

 

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Summer is just around the corner.

I love when my summer vegetables are ready to be picked and created into glorious food for my family to devour!  

When the Zucchini Squash is just right (between 6-8″ long) it’s time to bake!

The family favorite is Zucchini Bread.  

I wanted to post this at the beginning of the gardening season so you have a chance to save a terrific recipe for your zucchini.

The original recipe came from my mom.  She said the only way my sisters and I would eat it was if she mixed in some chocolate chips.

So, over the years I have “tweaked” it to become a favorite of all.

So, let’s see here, zucchini, carrots, sunflower seeds, granola and dark chocolate chips in a bread?  Sounds pretty healthy to me! 

Ok so, it’s not that healthy.  But it’s absolutely amazing!

I have been asked “Can you substitute the oil for applesauce?  Will it still be good?”  Honestly I don’t know.  Here’s a link to how you would go about doing just that!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/429838-how-to-use-applesauce-instead-of-oil-when-baking/ 

 But I say why mess with perfection?  Just kidding, maybe I’ll try it someday, maybe I won’t.  This is, in my opinion, the most delicious zucchini bread ever!

I hope you enjoy as much as we do!  

Please enjoy the step by step pictorial.

In large bowl add 2 eggs, 1 Cup oil and 1 1/2 Cups sugar
In large bowl add 2 eggs, 1 Cup oil and 1 1/2 Cups sugar
Mixture will be fairly thick.
Mixture will be fairly thick.
In medium bowl add 2 Cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.
In medium bowl add 2 Cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.
Mix well.
Mix well.
Mix flour mixture into egg mixture. It will be very thick.
Mix flour mixture into egg mixture. It will be very thick.
Grate 2 Cups zucchini (with skin on, approx a 7"zucchini ). Peel and grate 1/2 cup carrot. (Approx 1 large carrot)
Grate 2 Cups zucchini (with skin on, approx a 7″zucchini ). Peel and grate 1/2 cup carrot. (Approx 1 large carrot)
Add grated zucchini and carrots to the mixed egg and flour mixture. The mixture will become less solid with the moisture from the zucchini and carrots.
Add grated zucchini and carrots to the mixed egg and flour mixture. The mixture will become less solid with the moisture from the zucchini and carrots.
Add 1 Cup of each; granola, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips to the mixture.
Add 1 Cup of each; granola, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips to the mixture.
Mix well. Now it's ready for the bread pans.
Mix well. Now it’s ready for the bread pans.
Place batter evenly into 2 greased bread pans. *hint- place parchment paper in bottom of bread pans to help from sticking to the bottom.
Place batter evenly into 2 greased bread pans. *hint- place parchment paper in bottom of bread pans to help from sticking to the bottom.
Oh my gosh it smells so good! But wait!
Oh my gosh it smells so good! But wait!
Cool on wire racks before removing from pans.
Cool on wire racks before removing from pans.
After it's cooled, remove from pan slice and serve!
After it’s cooled, remove from pan slice and serve!

If you want to freeze the second loaf wrap in aluminum foil and place in a freezer bag.  We have enjoyed our frozen zucchini bread after being frozen for 6 months!  It still tasted fabulous!

My Momma’s Zucchini Bread (with dark chocolate chips)

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 Cup Carrot, grated
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts and/or sunflower seeds.
  • 1 Cup Granola
  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • Grease bottom only of two bread pans.
  • In large bowl combine eggs, oil and sugar.
  • Mix well.
  • In second bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • Combine together. Mixture will be thick.
  • Add carrots and zucchini. Stir well.
  • Add granola, nuts and chocolate chips. Stir well.
  • Divide the bread mix in half and add to the bread pans.
  • Bake 35-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool and remove from pan.
  • Can be eaten right away or stored in tinfoil in the freezer for up to six months.

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