You can’t miss zucchini season if you live in the hills of West Virginia. If there’s a gardener in your circle of friends, you are sure to get a zucchini the size of a small child. There is so much you can do with them, but a favorite of many is good old zucchini bread.
In my quest over the years to find a zucchini bread recipe that I love, I have found that most recipes have masked the zucchini with tons of white sugar and GMO oil. Over and over I would see a cup of sugar, and a cup of oil! Does that seem like a lot to anyone else? If this is the amount of sugar most of us are eating in our baked goods, we should have no problem reaching the 130 pounds of sugar per year they are estimating we consume!
Lately I’ve been working on making one without all the junk, and after a few trials, the loaf I baked the other night was well……. pretty perfect. It took all six of us to consume it in less than 5 minutes lol.
If you have picky kids, or a picky husband for that matter, this is a good way to get zucchini into them! Zucchini is full of nutrition! It’s a good source of vitamin B, potassium, and vitamin C. It helps maintain eye health, and also helps cure asthma! Remember to start with the best quality ingredients that is possible for you!
First you want to grate two cups of zucchini.
Measure that into a medium bowl with yogurt, coconut oil, egg, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients together and then mix them into the wet with a wooden spoon. Pour into prepared loaf pan. It’s that easy, and ready to bake!
Healthier Zucchini Bread
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil (melted)
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350
- With refined coconut oil or cooking spray grease a loaf pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl grate 2 cups of zucchini. Add in egg, coconut oil, yogurt, sugar, and orange zest. Whisk together well until everything is evenly incorporated.
- In a separate small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chia seeds, and spices.
- With a wooden spoon pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix well and add the rest of flour mix. Mix until all the dry is fully mixed into the wet.
- With a spatula, pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 for about 45 min or until lightly brown and when a knife is inserted comes out clean. Slice and serve with real butter!