Last summer I could not keep up with the zucchini that was coming out of my garden. I baked with it, cooked with it, ate it raw, and gave it away. This year for some reason I thought planting two zucchini plants would be a good idea despite the overload last year. We have actually had a strange growing season this summer due to the inconsistent weather and frequent colder temperatures so we actually got a smaller yield despite the extra plant. Regardless, looking for different ways to use the zucchini can be a challenge. Luckily, Isa over at theppk.com has a wonderful Zucchini Banana Bread recipe that I adapted the other night to suit my pantry. It came out so wonderfully moist and delicious! If you have the following ingredients at the moment, you should probably stop what you’re doing and bake away!
- We made two loaves, so halve the ingredients if you only want to make one. But you should probably make two.
- We used coconut oil spray to grease the loaf pans and they popped right out! You could also line the pans with parchment paper to pull the loaves out easily if you prefer.
2 large very ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two 8×4 metal bread pans with coconut oil spray or a little earth balance.
2) In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas well with a fork or potato masher. Add the apple sauce, oil, sugar, and vanilla and use a strong fork to mix well. Mix in the grated zucchini.
3) Mix together the dry ingredients – flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda and salt – in a measuring cup or medium sized bowl. Add two cups of the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix to combine.
4) Add the nuts and chocolate chips and the rest of the flour mixture, and mix just until no visible flour is left.
5) Divide the batter evenly in your two prepared pans – I just did this by eye. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips and nuts on top if you like as this will give your loaves a nice presentation.
6) Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick or knife. If it needs more time, turn heat down to 325 F and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
7) Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Makes 2 loaves