Thursday, May 24, 2012

What to do with all the zucchini I planted...

My name is Tracy and I am an overplanter.
There I admitted it. For some reason, I think that when I get a new packet of seeds, I must plant the ENTIRE THING! Because of this affliction, I have WAY TO MUCH stuff growing in the gardens. Yes, I said garden"s", plural. I couldn't fit everything I started from seed into one garden so I have 2...and a half. I could go 3 but, honestly, that's a bit of overkill. One of the most prolific growers in the garden is zucchini. I actually restrained myself this year and only planted 6 seeds. Ok, there was only 6 left in the packet. Still. They all grew. Sooooooo I have a ton of zucchini. I found a great recipe for it in a Cooking Light magazine years ago but never made it. Until now. YUM! The recipe is a lightened up version of zucchini nut bread. So far I have made 2 loaves and a dozen muffins. I like the muffins better. Easier to grab and go with a muffin than with a slice of bread. Anyway, the recipe is simple and light (bonus!) and I will be making a couple of batches today. It freezes well and I have zucchini coming out my ears!


3 C. Wheat Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
2 Eggs
1/3 C. Coconut Oil
1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Rind (I added about 1/2 Tsp. Lemon Juice because I have no real lemons)
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C. Sugar (Sucanat)
3 C. Shredded Zucchini (Squeezed dry)
1/4 C. Chopped Walnuts, toasted

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Mix Eggs through sugar in a large bowl until all combined. Add the zucchini and mix well. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the nuts. You can either split this between 2 small greased loaf pans and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or put this into the cups of a muffin tin (makes about a dozen large muffins) and bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes. This bread is so good right out of the oven slathered in butter!

Being shared atMrs. Dulls Nourished Kitchen and Frugally Sustainable


  1. Our zucchini has already been harvested (we are in FL) and I tried this unique recipe. My family loved it and I didn't tell them my secret until they were finished eating! They had no clue! Enjoy!

    1. Don't you just love when you can sneak something healthy into them and they don't even know it?!! I will check out your recipe pronto!


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