When I picked up Miss 4 from kindy today and she had a meltdown because someone had opened the exit gate before she got the chance then I knew we would need a distraction for when we got home.
I knew that baking would be a welcome suggestion. Now I could say that she enjoys baking for the learning opportunities of reading from a recipe, measuring ingredients and creating something… but I would be lying. She likes baking because she gets to sample the chocolate and lick the spoon! I also hope she enjoys baking because of the time we get to spend together having fun.
I really fancied a chocolate hit and I always welcome the opportunity to sneak some veges into the family’s diet so I knew exactly what I wanted to create… Chocolate Zucchini Bread. YUM!
This recipe is A-MAZING! It is so chocolate-y and delicious. Knowing that there is zucchini hidden within makes you feel slightly virtuous while eating it too. It also has the added bonus of being egg free!
Here’s the recipe…
2 medium zucchini (grated)
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 ripe mashed banana
85g melted butter
2 tsp vanilla essence
125g milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking soda until no lumps remain.
- In your mixer (or a separate bowl) beat together the banana and sugars for about 1min. Add in the melted butter and vanilla and mix until smooth. Mix in the grated zucchini.
- Gradually add in the flour mixture, mixing well. Fold in the chocolate tips.
- Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and bake at 180 degrees for 40mins, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Allow the bread to cool before slicing it as it can be a bit crumbly when still warm. Or if you don’t mind a bit of crumble, get in there while it is still warm. You won’t regret those few crumbs!
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Gemma is a kiwi Mum of one and is the Editor for The Baby View. She also works with preschool children, loves cooking, loves sunshine, loves chocolate and loses countless hours at a time looking at cute baby pictures on Instagram!