Monday, September 3, 2012

When Life Gives you Zucchinis, Make Zucchini Bread

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Another Summer, another beautiful garden in Uncle Bob's back yard.  And once again, the zucchinis are a-plenty...  and huge.  I have already sautéed and juiced my way through one giant zucchini, so I thought I'd try something different.

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Zucchini Bread Mini Loaves
(adapted from Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick Goudreau)

3 Tbs ground flax seed
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
1 Tbs white distilled vinegar
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins

  • Preheat oven to 325. 
  • Lightly grease 4 mini loaf pans.
  • I was tempted to use my Kitchen Aid for this, but didn’t feel like hauling it out of the closet.
  • So, In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk the flax meal and water until thick and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the apple sauce, oil, vinegar, sugar, and stir. 
  • Next, add in the zucchini and vanilla.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the all purpose and wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
  • Whisk to combine. Add in the nuts and raisins.  
  • Stir the dry mixture into the zucchini mixture. 
  • Divide the batter evenly into the 4 mini loaf pans and bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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These loaves were moist, and full of flavor, with just the right amount of sweet.  I did cut way back on the sugar from the original recipe.  I halved the amount of oil and replaced it with half unsweetened applesauce.  I also thought I'd try replacing some of the white flour with a bit of whole wheat pastry instead.  The results were great.  I found I had to cook my mini loaves much longer than the original time stated in Colleen's directions, so I adjusted it a bit in my directions above.


  1. Sometimes I think I'm the only person on earth who has never had a glut of zucchini, and I happily accept bagfuls from any over-burdened gardener. Your zucchini bread looks delicious.

    1. Thank you, Andrea! I don't usually get a lot of zucchini, it's usually the SIZE of the one zucchini that gets me ;)