It looks quite decadent, but it really is still a bread - not a cake. A slightly sweet bread with a hint of cinnamon that could be made deeelicious with some chocolate chips and walnuts. I skipped these, as I was trying to be all healthified. Plus, this is eggless, so I left out the nuts so Mr. Little Man could eat it. However, I have just taken a zucchini BROWNIE recipe from the oven...complete with chocolate chips and walnuts, so I'll post that one next week after it has had a taste test ;)
This recipe was slightly adapted from My Diverse Kitchen's Eggless, Slightly Healthier Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread (egg free)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder *I used Hershey's Dark Cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups packed, grated zucchini
1/2 cup thick plain yogurt
1 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar) *I used all brown
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts *omitted due to allergies
1 tsp vanilla extract
Put the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract together. Pour this into the dry ingredients and using a wooden spoon, mix everything together very well. Now add the grated zucchini,
Scrape this thick batter into a well greased and floured loaf tin and bake at 350 for about 1 hour, till a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean.
Cool the bread in the pan for about 20 minutes and then loosen and cool on a rack. Slice only when completely cool. If not serving immediately, refrigerate.
This recipe makes one loaf.
Verdict? I liked it, 2 out of 3 kids liked it...it was mildly chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon. Not overly sweet - I even ate it for breakfast one morning with some dark chocolate almond butter. Yes, I seem to have a problem with the dark chocolate. But hey, I had vegetables for breakfast, that's got to count for something!
More recipes from the garden coming up!