Vegan Zucchini Bread – So lame, I know

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I know, I’m AWOL for, like, ever, and I show up with a zucchini bread? I should be banned from blogging, but really, this isn’t so much for blogging purposes but for archival and word processing purposes. I mean, I don’t even have a GOOD picture! (But I did figure out how to use that annoying and almost worthless camera on top of my screen.) Yes, super lame. But I have my reasons.

First, I have a new laptop without a word processing program on it yet, so I’m using this. Second, my laptop isn’t in the dungeon (like the dinosaur) so I can use it without being banished from the kingdom and fearing I’ll never see the sun again. Third, I have a mountain of summer squash things that is beginning to take over my house, so testing this recipe to death gives me a productive project. So, fourth, this is just my first incarnation of this recipe. I promise you, I’ll mess with it at least three more times. I can’t seem to help myself, though my kids ADORED this recipe and it wasn’t overly sticky, sweet, mushy or too bready. It was just right. And finally, since I’ll be doorbell ditching these behemoth Viking club-sized objects, the least I can do is provide a delicious and healthy recipe to use them up. Yeah, there’s no pretending it’s someone else leaving them. I’m the only nerd in our townhouse community with a garden so it’s kind of obvious.

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Vegan Zucchini Bread
makes 2-8×4 loaves

Ingredients
6 T ground flax seeds
½ c. warm water
2/3 c. white sugar
2/3 c. brown sugar
½ c. oil (coconut or canola)
½ c. applesauce
1 to 2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. kamut flour
1 T. baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. salt
2 c. grated zucchini (core removed if large, or it turns out icky)
1 c. chocolate chips, chopped walnuts/pecans, or dried fruit, optional

Instructions
1. Grease two 8×4 loaf pans & preheat oven to 350 (365 on mine).
2. Add flax seeds and warm water to blender, blend until combined.
3. To blender jar, add sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla and blend until combined.
4. In a separate large bowl, stir remaining dry ingredients.
5. Pour wet ingredients into dry, add zucchini, stir until combined, but not thoroughly mixed. Don’t over mix or you’ll have dense bread, so moist but still lumpy.
6. Carefully fold in optional chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit. Divide batter between prepared pans.
7. Bake at 350 (365 in my oven) for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before slicing.

**Notes: obviously, use the sugars you’re most comfortable with. I use Wholesome Sweeteners and I like the results in everything I make. I’ll be trying this with GF flour soon, so if it works, I might let you know. And your zucchini can make or break this. The spongy middle of the giant ones isn’t a pleasant addition to this, so I say just cut it out then shred.

Modified from THIS recipe.

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Green Chunky Cookies

That is so not an appealing title, but that is how my husband referred to these soft, almost cakey, chocolate chip cookies today. They are delicious and a quick way to use up some summer squash, not just zucchini. I like the honey addition, and the butter is reduced enough that they almost seem to be less heavy than most chocolate chip cookies, which is nice in the summer when sweet is good but heavy is bad.

Thanks to Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for the recipe. Kingsolver is right when she calls it Zucchini larceny. You could use “technique” (creaming, adding in the appropriate order and what not) to make these, but I just blended them and they were delicious. And, like any good quasi-epicurean, I modified it only a bit – added the oatmeal and increased the salt. Seriously, cookies without enough salt are sad.

ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
(Makes about two dozen)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Combine in large bowl.
1 cup white flour (I just used two cups King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat Flour)
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup quick oats
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Combine in a separate, small bowl and blend into liquid mixture
1 cup finely shredded zucchini
12 oz chocolate chips
Stir these into other ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes. (12 in my oven)