Zucchini Bread Makeover

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One of our favorite vegetables to grow is zucchini. Homemade zucchini bread is a family favorite. Unfortunately classic zucchini bread can be high in sugar and fat. Recently I decided to see if I could makeover a traditional zucchini bread recipe to one that was healthy and still had the sweetness and flavor of our family recipe.

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This healthier version of  zucchini bread has half the amount of sugar and fat of traditional recipes.  I used maple syrup, applesauce, and coconut oil to create a moist tender loaf with just the right amount of sweetness.

New Zucchini Bread

Dry Ingredients:

3 cups white flour sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 -1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled to room temperature

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups unpeeled shredded raw zucchini

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lightly spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan or two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl sift flour,  stir in baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and ground nutmeg.

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In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs with a whisk;  add coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, apple sauce, and vanilla. Mix well. Gently mix flour mixture into wet ingredients and fold in zucchini.Add walnuts if desired.

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Pour into a prepared loaf pan. Bake 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch loaf pans 45-48 minutes and the 9 by 5 inch loaf pan 60 to 70 minutes or until lightly golden brown and set.

Cool in loaf pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes before removing.

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