Sunday, June 13, 2010

Very Yummy Zucchini Bread

Thank You to everyone who encouraged us on our last post! We do try to keep his bedtime routine the same when we travel and we bring his blanket and lovey, and turn on a fan. But B is who B is and we love him for that! We aren't cancelling our summer plans as much as my like-to-sleep side wants to (and that's a big side of me, ha!!!). He will be sleeping in a separate room from us so that should help (right?? hopefully. . . ).

So anyways, to thank you all for your concern over our little sleeping dilemma I decided to give you one of my favorite recipes I found!! You all know my love of The Pioneer Woman. I have not made one recipe from her that hasn't been deeeeelicious. (not so much on the lo-cal side, but hey, every once in a while that's okay!). I try to cook stuff with veggies that are in season- and that's zucchini's right now. So I hopped onto her cooking forum, The Tasty Kitchen and searched for "zucchini". I found this fabulous recipe for zucchini bread- please make it!! Here it is (and it's got whole wheat flour and un-sweetened applesauce- very healthy):

Oh, and also, I did not add raisins or walnuts but I think those are both yucky in baked goods, but feel free to add whatever your little heart wants to.

  • 3 whole Eggs
  • ¼ cups Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cups Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1-⅔ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups Grated Zucchini
  • 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cups Raisins
  • ½ cups Chopped Walnuts

Preparation Instructions

In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add oil, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar and zucchini. Stir well to combine. Blend in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in raisins and walnuts.

Grease and flour two loaf pans. Evenly pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 325 F for one hour. Cool for 10 minutes in pans, then turn out onto racks and cool completely. Each loaf makes 16 pieces.

Excellent for freezing.

You can substitute other nuts or chocolate chips for the raisins and walnuts, or leave them out entirely! You can add up to 2 additional cups of grated zucchini to this recipe, depending on your mood. If using frozen grated zucchini, drain it well.

You're Welcome,

P.S. Brennan LOVES this bread. But it also makes him poop. A lot. Lots of fiber in zucchini. Just a fore-warning to you mamas!

P.S.S. Please don't take into consideration my horrid chocolate chip cookie fail yesterday. Rookie error!!


Trisha said...

I will try this!! Looks delicious :)

LaineCusi said...

Looks yummy! Were the cookies a PW recipe too? Baking really is a tricky thing sometimes, I made a cake this winter that was like brick when it was supposed to be light and fluffy, go figure.
I hope things go better with B when you're in MI!