Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate

August 20, 2014
Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate - Love this healthy version of a classic made with almond flour & all-natural sweeteners. It's moist, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!

Life lesson #4039

When your Mother mentions she has extra produce .. 

Happiness is Moms

Photo Credit: CuteHappyQuotes.com

it's best to have friends

She smiled as she opened her trunk that summer evening .. we stared .. she told us all the ways she'd been eating zucchini .. we stared some more .. she mentioned she'd never seen zucchinis quite this big .. well .. and maybe not zucchinis this big .. and in this amount

!!

The Chef looked at me & smiled .. it didn't need to be said aloud .. God bless parents who are all sorts of wonderful .. and grow zucchinis that are at least 4′ long .. and easily weigh over 10 pounds each

(not to mention gigantic cucumbers .. she brought those too)

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate - Love this healthy version of a classic made with almond flour & all-natural sweeteners. It's moist, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!

When it comes to zucchini there aren't many things I like more than zucchini bread. It's delicious .. portable .. easy to share .. and one of the few things I will happily turn my oven on for .. even on the hottest of days. There are plenty of tried & true recipes out there .. but this time around I wanted to bring my own .. a healthier take on this seasonal classic

This version uses almond flour .. which is a fun one to play around with when you're transitioning to a grain-free lifestyle .. or just wanting to try something new. I've found recipes with almond flour can (at times) be on the dry side .. but not this bread .. it's moist .. fluffy .. and absolutely delicious!

Honey & banana provide a natural sweetness .. toasted walnuts are mixed throughout .. and a cinnamon streusel topping just because.

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate - Love this healthy version of a classic made with almond flour & all-natural sweeteners. It's moist, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!

I knew I was onto something delicious as I folded the last few ingredients this afternoon. Sometimes you just know. The thick & creamy batter was flecked with hundreds of green-lined strands of shredded zucchini nestled alongside the occasional flare of a toasted walnut.

Baked in two 6″ cast iron skillets .. it made the prefect amount for the 2 of us

We'll be enjoying this not-to-sweet loaf for breakfast and as an afternoon snack. A bit of vanilla greek yogurt on the side never hurts

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  When you're beating your eggs .. you'll want them to be really frothy .. it'll make a big difference in your final product

pps:  Note from Ali:  This post originally appeared in August of 2014. I originally set to update the pictures .. but decided an updated post was in order for those who maybe haven't ventured through the archives. Enjoy!)

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Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate - Love this healthy version of a classic made with almond flour & all-natural sweeteners. It's moist, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!

~ Adapted from Against All Grain .. here

Zucchini & Walnut Bread

Ingredients

  • Zucchini Walnut Bread
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/4 cup zucchini shredded & unpeeled
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped and optionally toasted

  • Cinnamon Streusel Topping
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp coarse sugar like Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado
  • 1 tbsp oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Cinnamon Streusel Topping
  • In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients

  • Roast the Walnuts (Optional)
  • The walnuts can be used raw or roasted. I like to take a few minutes to roast .. as it adds a toasty .. nutty depth of flavor.
  • Roast the nuts at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant & golden. Allow to cool before using

  • Zucchini Walnut Bread
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs 1-2 minutes on medium, until frothy. Add the honey & banana & beat another minute until well-combined
  • Add the zucchini & beat this time until the ingredients are just incorporated
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.
  • Stir in the walnuts
  • Spoon the batter into 2 6" cast iron skillets & spread evenly. (** note, you could also use 2 mini loaf pans or make them into muffins as well)
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon streusel topping on top
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean. (** Note .. your baking times may vary. 25-30 minutes worked great for my 2 - 6" skillets)
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 140
Total Fat 8.72g
Carbohydrates 13.11g
Sugars 8.48g
Protein 4.9g
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2 Comments

  • Reply heydave August 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Maybe those zucchinis grew up under power lines?

    But absolutely delicious recipe.

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