Monday Munchies – Zucchini Bread

Warm tasty zucchini bread has long been my favorite way to use up a lot of the extra zucchini I acquire at the end of the summer.  I just made 2 delicious loaves last night and I encourage you to try some for yourself!  I especially like it paired with green tea and a spread of butter.

 

Basic Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flax meal, mixed with 2 tablespoons water — if you don’t have ground flax meal (most people I know don’t) then use 4 eggs in this recipe
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine oil, applesauce, eggs, flax meal and water, the 1/3 cup water, zucchini and lemon juice. Mix wet ingredients into dry. At this time you can fold in any extras you’d like, such as 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips. In a small bowl, mix together all topping ingredients.  Pour batter into 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, and sprinkle topping evenly over both loafs.

 

Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean.  (In my oven it took 1 hour 15 minutes, so your baking time very well may be different.)

 
NOTE: Golden flax meal can be found at most major grocery stores or health food stores.  It’s a great alternative to eggs if 1) you’re trying not to eat animal products, 2) you’re trying to be healthier and include more fiber and Omega-3s in your diet, or 3) you ran out of eggs and haven’t been to the store yet.

 

This was the first recipe I’ve used golden flax meal in (though my mom has baked quite successfully with it for a while) so I only replaced half of the eggs with it.  Feel free to continue experimenting and replace all 4 eggs with the flax meal if you’d like.  After all, part of the fun of cooking and baking it trying something new!

 

 

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