Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chocolate zucchini bread

I found this recipe at Our Best Bites and had to try it. I did modify the original recipe somewhat - subbing some applesauce for oil, using 1 real egg and the equivalent of 2 additional eggs in egg substitute. I loved the crispy outside and the moist inside - excellent texture. My taste buds were confused, though, because I tasted a chocolate mint combination, when it should have been chocolate cinnamon, with just a hint of orange from the orange zest. Any explanation for that?

All 3 of my children loved it, even though they knew it had zucchini in it. I guess it's hard not to love something warm, gooey, and chocolatey that tastes nothing like zucchini:) Here is my modified version:

2 C flour
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 C canola oil

1/4 C apple sauce
1 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
1 egg

1/2 C egg substitute 
2 t vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
3 C grated zucchini
3/4 C chocolate chips

2 T brown sugar
2 T white sugar
1/2 t cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 loaf pans and set aside. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Place flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat oil, apple sauce, sugars, egg and egg substitute until combined. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined.

Gently stir in the grated zucchini.
Take a spoonful of the flour mixture and stir in with the chocolate chips (that will help keep them evenly distributed.) Stir remaining flour mixture into batter and mix just until combined.  Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Divide the batter between the two pans and sprinkle topping over each.

Bake in your preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. Try setting the timer for 45 minutes and then keep an eye on it for the remaining time. Test for done-ness (it IS a word) with a toothpick. It should come out clean. 

Let the pans cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes and then remove the bread from the pans. 

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