The other morning I was up earlier than I wanted to be because my boys decided that they didn't need to sleep anymore, which apparently meant neither did I. Since I had some extra time before I had to start the day, I decided to make the kids a little treat.
I was looking online for a healthy recipe which included zucchini, but all of the so called "healthy" recipes that I found turned out not to be that healthy at all so I decided to try something out on my own.
This chocolate zucchini bread is made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, honey and zucchini, and has no refined sugar or oil. When the kids saw the zucchini, they immediately told me that they weren't going to eat the bread because they hate zucchini. (That's why I usually bake without them around - so they don't know what veggies I'm sneaking into their foods).
However, once it was done and they saw what it looked like, their hate magically disappeared and they couldn't wait to get into it. They even call it "cake" because they think it's so good.
The "cake" lasted a whole 24 hours before it was gone and they requested that I make another one. My oldest has been wanting to help out in the kitchen lately and this recipe is easy enough that I let her help make the second loaf.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 medium zucchini
- extra chocolate chips to sprinkle on top
- non-stick spray
Preheat oven to 350* and spray loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips together in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs, applesauce, yogurt, honey, and vanilla together.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients mixing with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Use your cheese grater to grate the zucchini using the large hole side. I grate mine onto a paper towel and then squeeze it out so the zucchini isn't as watery.
Gently fold the zucchini into the batter.
Once it has been combined evenly, pour the batter out into your prepared loaf pan.
Garnish with a few extra chocolate chips.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
Once it's done baking, take it out, let it cool, and then serve.
The kids loved it with a side of almond milk.
This recipe received 4 thumbs up from some pretty picky kids.
My mom stopped by and tried a piece and called it "fudgy and moist" and referred to it as a "gourmet treat that you'd likely pay a lot of money for at Starbucks". Looks like this recipe is a winner!
Let me know if you try it and what you think. Enjoy!