Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

Usually at this time of year offers are coming in from all directions in the form of free zucchini. Overzealous gardeners like myself who think that just one plant is not going to be we plant three and then end up with enough veg to feed a small nation of vegetarians.
I am not one to turn away free food so I have gotten into the habit of freezing and preserving food in abundance for later use, almost to the point of excess (just take a look at my pantry!!)
One of my favourite uses for zucchini is grating it and freezing for later use. I never feel like baking in the summer however with the kids back in school this week it is definitely time to dust off the apron and the mixing bowls.
I managed to bake this morning in between painting window frames and mowing the grass, froze a large Chocolate zucchini loaf, however I soon realised that I would need a little something to take to the PAC meet and greet with our new principal. Ain't that just perfect!!!
Meeting went great, sold some jam to a fabulous customer and got requests for the loaf recipe, what a great start to the school here it is ladies

Chocolate Zucchini loaf.

3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350c
Grease and flour two loaf pans or one 15 x 10 Pyrex baking dish.(I prefer the Pyrex and the cake cooks quicker and more evenly)

Cream the eggs, sugar, apple sauce, oil and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Add zucchini.
Sift the dry ingredients and add.
Fold in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes in loaf pans or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
Baking time varies depending on the size of your baking dish. So check after 20 minutes with a tooth pick.

This loafs freezes very well and I actually prefer the moisture of the cake after it has been defrosted.
The applesauce helps to cut down on the fat and oil don't feel too guilty when you have your second or third piece with your morning cuppa.



  1. Ohhh that looks yum! And a good excuse to eat something chocolate LOL

  2. It is yummy and the best part is the kids not knowing that they are eating zucchini. He,he the joys of parenthood.

  3. Do you thaw and drain the zucchini or just throw it in frozen?

  4. I usually defrost the zucchini, then squeeze as much liquid out as possible, unless you are using fresh grated zucchini.



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