Want to know what I’m tired of? Banana bread. It never fails, that as soon as a group of bananas decide to up and turn brown, BAM. I’m locked down to a slice of banana bread for breakfast…everyday…for the next week. Well, guess what? Dessert bread needs a makeover and this one has “best dressed” written all over it. Just as easy, just as satisfying and perhaps even healthier than your average nanner-bread, allow me to introduce you to my Zucchini Chocolate Coconut Bread.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or more all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, squeezed and drained in a paper towel (I used two small)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut greek yogurt (or vanilla, or plain)
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 dark chocolate coconut chocolate bar (or chopped dark chocolate)
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 4-inch cake pans, or one 9×5 inch loaf pan (or whatever size you want folks) and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
In a separate equally large bowl, combine shredded zucchini, sugars, coconut oil, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (don’t over-mix this precious, sensitive gem). Then, stir in the shredded coconut and chopped chocolate.
Pour the batter into prepared pan(s). Bake for 50 minutes (rotating at 25 minutes) until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let zucchini bread cool in the pan(s) for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the bread (spring pans make this easy) and cool completely before devouring (bread burns are real burns too). Serve with a schmear of coconut butter, chocolate spread, or enjoy au naturale!
MUCH better than frying the ever-loving life out of zucchini, isn’t it? You’re welcome, you just snuck another green in to your diet.
Blog and Photos By: Eva Severed
Thanks to Two Peas And Their Pod!