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Karinna’s ”Rockstar” Holiday Zucchini Bread

(Photo courtesy of Karinna Zarate)

Here is my version of an old-fashioned homemade favorite!

I call it “Rockstar” Zucchini Bread because it provides long lasting energy–in fact, if you tweak the moisture level ratio to baking time (for Pro Pastry Aficionados!), then you can create an energy bar with this!

Once you get comfortable with this recipe, you can whip it up at a moment’s notice. Last-minute dinner party? No Problem. You can prepare this in 10 minutes, then bake it in the oven for an hour while you clean and prepare the other courses. I LOVE to entertain and host parties, so I have mastered the art of multi-tasking! Throw on a cute apron to keep the flour off your hottest holiday outfit and have some fun in the kitchen! (Not a low calorie food — this is a nutrient dense loaf. To slightly reduce sugar/gylcemic index: substitute the granulated sugar for 5 Tbsp. Organic Blue Agave Nectar added to the wet ingredients.)

(Photo courtesy of Karinna Zarate)

(Yield: 1 loaf)

2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 c. packed light or dark brown sugar
6 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. old fashioned rolled oats
3 large eggs (I recommend replacing the eggs with Ener G Egg Replacer, or applesauce and flaxmeal)
3/4 c. Canola oil
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and Flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

(Photo courtesy of Karinna Zarate)

DRY – Stir flour, sugars, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, and salt together in large mixing bowl. When combined, add the oats. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. WET – In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs (or egg replacement mixture), oil, and vanilla together then pour into the well. Combine lightly and then throw in the grated zucchini! Careful not to over-mix.

Scrape batter into the prepared pan; with a silicon spatula, build a mound in the center.

Sprinkle the top with organic turbinado sugar or dark brown sugar crystals if desired, then bake for about an hour until golden-brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes then invert onto towel over a rack and let it cool a bit more. Serve with Soy “Nog” or some warm Organic Apple Cider…Delish!

(Photo courtesy of Karinna Zarate)

Variations

Get creative! During the Holidays, I add nutmeg or grated ginger. Add Flax Meal (I recommend Barleans NutriFlax), include Quinoa, substitute carrots or apple for zucchini! You may need to alter the oats and wet ingredients a bit based on the starchiness of the carrots or moisture of the apples.

Happy Baking, Happy Entertaining!

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