Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Hate Zucchini?
No problem. Have a piece, I promise
you won't taste it.

This is my favorite kind of recipe. The kind that allows you to "hide" something healthy like vegetables, in this case zucchini, in something seemingly unhealthy like a double chocolate loaf. If just the thought of zucchini with chocolate makes you shiver, fear not, you will absolutely not taste the zucchini. In fact, just forget it's even in there and enjoy a nice piece of double chocolate loaf.

You might remember the Chocolate Zucchini Muffins that I posted a while ago, well this is basically the same recipe with just a few minor changes. Sometimes it's just easier to make a loaf than muffins. By the way, you could even add some walnuts for an added crunch and a boost of omega 3!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

by Mixed Salad Annie

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1/3 cup tub margarine or butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
2 cups grated zucchini
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 325 degrees for glass pans. Spray loaf pans with cooking spray and dust by sifting a tablespoon of cocoa over the pans. Shake pans to evenly cover.

Melt the margarine or butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cocoa and heat until fragrant, stirring constantly about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Cream together cocoa butter mixture and sugars in mixing bowl until light and fluffy,
using electric mixer at medium speed. Beat in oil; add yogurt, then blend in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients and blend until just combined. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips with a rubber spatula. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

"Stealth nutrition" recipes are the most fun to try; and even though I love zucchini "as is," it's definitely a tasty ingredient in sweet baked goods :0)

Emily said...

I like it! I like it a lot...I've been meaning to make zucchini bread.

Chibog in Chief said...

i have a friend who surprised me with a chocolate zuccini bread.;but she wont tell me her recipe..thanks for sharing its no longer a secre :-) and yours look much even better : i mean its double chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I had the chocolate zucchini muffin really good but I.m intrigue with the loaf.I will have some soon.bambola

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Mmmm...love when you can sneak healthy things into otherwise decadent treats :)

Elle said...

So funny! I just made double chocolate zucchini bread last week! Not the same recipe--this one looks delicious! Now I want some again. As I was making it, I thought "Next time, I have to sneak some yogurt in there, too." hehe

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Yum! I have been making to make zucchini bread. This one looks like a nice one where I can sneak some veggies into my son's tummy!

Amanda said...

This looks really good!

Julie said...

i just made this and tasted it and it is ABSOLUTELY delicious!
i used natural cocoa rather than dutch processed and it still turned out okay!