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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Zucchini Chocolate Indulgence

A quick scan through the posted recipes and I see there are lots of creative uses out there for zucchini! I'd like to add a favorite in our family. It's quick and easy and a big hit with kids in the kitchen.

It comes from one of my favorite books, "Crazy Plates"

Isn't She Loafly? - Chocolaty, chocolate chip zucchini loaf

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used baby food prunes)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

- Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 8x4 loaf pans

- Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl

- In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir in zucchini. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just moistened. Add chocolate chips.

- Spread batter into pans and bake for 50 minutes.

I baked all my batter in a 9x13 pan instead and created a sort of "snack cake". No need for frosting on this one. My little guy was thrilled of course, wondering whose birthday we were celebrating. No special occasion, but a perfect treat on an ordinary day (and a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies with the wee ones).

Enjoy (:

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