Garden Treats, Part I: Moist Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

Garden Treats, Part I: Moist Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

Garden Treats, Part I: Moist Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

 

It’s that time of year when the zucchini are multiplying like green, tubular, veggie bunnies.

Okay. Fine. They bear absolutely no physical resemblance to bunnies whatsoever, but you get my drift, no?

Although I cut back from two zucchini plants in my vegetable garden to one this year, apparently the singular plant somehow feels it must make up for the loss of its kin by producing twice as many vegetables as it would have as part of a duo. The bottom line is, my fridge is so jam-packed with zucchini, that I’m continually warning everyone to open it with caution yet close it with gusto.

We’ve had sautéed zucchini with onions, zucchini fritters, zucchini stuffed with feta and dill, zucchini tarts and now, out of desperation, I’m moving on to the zucchini dessert family. I nixed the idea of zucchini milkshakes, and decided to make sweet zucchini bread instead. I’m easing my guys into the zucchini dessert idea slowly.

This particular zucchini bread recipe has become one of my favorites over the years. If you’re familiar with recipe sites, this statistic should impress you: it received 5 out of 5 stars from 5,262 website reviewers. It could be that it’s simply a magnificent recipe. Or it could be that folks are just so darn happy to find a way to use up three of the 103 cups of garden fresh zucchini they have stashed in the fridge. For me, both reasons apply.

The recipe didn’t originally include chocolate chips, but I wanted the boys to eat it, so I added them in. Sorry, not sorry. (Goodness, I fear that Bill Cosby post from the other day has left me downright surly.) If I had been making this treat solely for me, I would have included Craisins or raisins in place of the chocolate. Go with whatever floats your boat.

I made this bread yesterday afternoon right before I began prepping for supper, teasing my boys with sweet cinnamon baking scents as they came home from their various gigs. One of them may not have been able to resist the call of the warm buttered bread I had set on the counter for this post’s cover photo. It could have been the tall one whose name rhymes with Pogan, but, as an utterly discrete, supportive, and notably unsurly mom, I’ll never tell.

It was Logan.

Whoops.

Here’s how this bread is born:

 

Modified recipe courtesy of: allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts

 

Please take a moment to marvel at my arty photo below with the focus on the zucchini.

Stepping outside of my comfort zone, one foot fall at a time . . .

 

Moist zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Ingredients

 

Directions:

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Sifting the dry ingredients

 

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Creaming the wet ingredients

 

Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. (The batter will be very thick after this step. It’ll loosen up once you add in the zucchini.)

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Adding in the dry ingredients

 

Stir in zucchini, nuts and chocolate chips until well combined. (You may want to use a pair of impeccably clean hands for this step. Preferably your own, or at least someone’s with whom you’re acquainted.)

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: In go the zucchini, nuts and chips!

 

Pour batter into prepared pans.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Ready to bake!

 

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

So, I cooled it slightly.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Fresh from the oven.

 

Sliced it.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Sliced, warm bread.

 

And plated the slices to take a photo. Then I left the room.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: Sliced, warm bread PLUS butter - oh my.

 

Only to return to see this.

 

Moist Zucchini bread with chocolate chips: An empty plate of what used to be sliced, warm bread PLUS butter.

 

I guess he kinda like it.

The boy is lucky I already took a picture.

I think he forgot that I’m in “surly mode.”

 

Here’s the printable version of the recipe . . .

 

Moist Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

Serves 16
Prep time 20 minutes
Website Allrecipes
A moist, sweet, cinnamon flavored bread that's a fantastic way to use garden-fresh zucchini.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Step 2
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Step 3
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Step 4
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

 

Stay tuned for more garden treats: homemade pesto pasta is up next!

 

Written by Becky


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9 Comments
  • Arlene says:

    This doesn’t sound like a Weight Watcher’s recipe, but it looks so good I’ll have to make it anyway. Can’t wait to taste it.

    • Becky says:

      Hah! Nope, hardly Weigh Watchers, Arlene, but I would say that you could get a pass for it because it includes a veggie, and veggies are no points. (And that’s why I failed at WW!)

  • Heather Martin says:

    I can attest that this is delicious! I add chocolate chips AND raisins. Yup, living dangerously

    • Becky says:

      Hey, sis, if “chocolate chips AND raisins” floats your boat, then go for it. (Just don’t expect to pawn any off on me!)

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Becky! I love zucchini! Just sayin’. Intrigued by this recipe. Does it have a sweet, cake-ish taste?

    • Becky says:

      Woo hoo! Consider yourself a future recipient of a boatload of squash then, Lisa!

      And yes, it’s sweet and cake-ish. Similar to banana bread, but with squash, and not dry in any way. (Someone had said that the word “moist” is skeevy, so I’m trying very hard to avoid it. I kinda thought a moist cake was a good thing, but perhaps not.)

  • Patty from MMC says:

    Yum!

  • Stephanie says:

    I would be happy to help you use up some of that zucchini; zucchini bread is one of my favorites. If you have a few spares, bring them Friday and I will happily try out your recipe! Or, you know, use them to make a pasta salad. 😉

    • Becky says:

      Sweet! I’ll have Loge drop some off today because the sooner they’re used after they’re picked, the better. Hey! You could make a pasta salad out of the zucchini instead of pasta using your very own Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Pasta Maker available for the low, low price of $14.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond. That way it will certainly stand out from the 4,938 other pasta salad offerings.


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