Saturday, March 28, 2009

Zucchini Chip Loaves

Inspired by this banana bread post by The Brown Family Blog, I thought I'd post my favorite chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe. And then add an extra bunch of bananas to my grocery shopping list so I can try the world's yummiest banana bread!

Zucchini Chip Loaves*

3 cups all-purpose flour (though these days I always use white whole wheat flour for everything)
2 cups sugar
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground allspice (in the past I've used cloves instead)
3 eggs (the original recipe said 2, but I changed it)
1/4 cup water or applesauce (not in the original recipe)
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup raisins, optional (I don't use them; I never mix raisins and chocolate chips!)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and allspice. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the zucchini, chocolate chips, and raisins if desired.
Transfer to two greased 8"x4"x2" loaf pans. Bake at 325 for 60 -75 min or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

*To give credit where credit is due, I clipped this recipe from a Quick Cooking magazine (or it might have been a Taste of Home mag.) and the credit goes to Chantelle Ross of Forest Grove, British Columbia for sending it in.

1 comment:

clautiestan said...

Ooo! I can't wait to try this! I just happen to have some zucchini on hand, too.
I owe you a thank you, by the way. I was thinking on the long drive home from our visit that I always feel inspired to branch out and try new recipes after spending time with you and Mom. You both make such yummy things and it motivates me to try new things. Anyway, I was thinking about the gingersnaps that Mom gave us to take on our trip, and the chocolate crinkles that you made, and making a mental note to myself to branch out with my cookie repertoire, and then I thought, "oh, but I'll have to wait a couple of months before I make the chocolate crinkles, because I don't know how our little one will handle the chocolate..." Suddenly it dawned on me that I had eaten two chocolate crinkles the day before, and it never even occurred to me that I had done it. Apparently our little bundle is not bothered by chocolate! I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I shouldn't eat those cookies. I guess they just looked too delicious!! =) So since then I have allowed myself to indulge in a little bit of chocolate now and then. What a happy discovery!