Fighting winter with zucchini bread

I don’t hate winter. I mean I don’t love winter, I just tolerate it every year. Staying indoors all day with a newborn has been the hardest part of maternity leave so far but thanks to lots of visits from friends and family, Netflix, a few nights out (Grandparent-sitters are amazing) and baking whenever I feel bored I haven’t gone all “Jack Torrance” with cabin fever. Yet. (Maybe if he had a better hobby The Shining/murder wouldn’t have happened?)

All bake and no play make Jenn a dull girl
All bake and no play make Jenn a dull girl

Mini zucchini breads!

Mini zucchini breads!

Today I made zucchini bread from a recipe I found online and swapped/added ingredients to make it healthier. Chocolate chips aren’t really healthy but they ARE delicious. Speaking of chocolate, Andrew has a strongly held belief that chocolate isn’t sweet, it’s “chocolatey” and doesn’t fall under the basic taste categories (sweet, sour, bitter etc). I have a strongly held belief that he’s crazy and/or trying to drive me crazy every time we debate this. It’s sweet if it’s milk chocolate, savory if it’s dark chocolate. THE END. But to be fair to Andrew, I think that ketchup is a jam. A jam is made of pureed fruit and sugar. Ketchup is made of tomatoes (technically a fruit) and sugar. Therefore, ketchup is a jam.

Maybe we’re both a little nuts…

(Healthier) zucchini bread recipe

1 cup Unsweetened applesauce (replaces oil)
½ cup Maple syrup (replaces sugar)
3 Eggs
2 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of nutmeg
2 cups Grated Zucchini
3 cups Unbleached all-purpose Flour
1/4 cup Ground flax seed
Handful of crushed walnuts
Handful of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 while you make the batter. Mix the eggs, maple syrup, applesauce and nutmeg. Stir together dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture. Add grated zucchini and stir into batter. Add walnuts and chocolate chips. Pour into greased loaf pans or cupcake tins (I use coconut oil). Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (muffins) or 45-60 minutes (loaf).

Enjoy with a cup of coffee, staring out the window waiting for the snow to melt.



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2 responses to “Fighting winter with zucchini bread

  1. Marissa

    Don fully agrees with your ketchup-is-a-jam theory. Must be why he puts it on everything. I, on the other hand, just love reading your stories. Always make my day 🙂

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