New Blog + Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

Hello! Thanks for taking a look at my blog!

I am Abby, an avid runner with a passion for nutrition and healthy cooking. And peanut butter:) I decided it was time to create a blog to share some of my adventures on the trail and in the kitchen, considering I already follow (more like stalk) a couple of healthy living blogs, and have entertained the idea for about six months. I am really excited to begin sharing my journey with you, starting with this recipe for Zucchini Bread I whipped up yesterday!

Ahhh zucchini. I can never seem to spell it correctly. But I throw the delectable vegetable in nearly everything I eat. Oatmeal, soups, veggie pastas, cakes, muffins, breads. Nothing is safe from some shredded zucchini. The best part is that I can seldom taste it, and even if I do, it tastes pretty delicious. If you don’t like to shred it, consider blending it and using it like you would applesauce or mashed banana; as a fantastic oil replacement. It is surprisingly moist and is a great replacement. Admittedly, it isn’t as good as some applesauce or banana, but hey, it works!

Back to the bread. This stuff is addicting. I made five mini-loaves yesterday afternoon and have eaten four. Filling, moist, dense, and packed full of vegetables! It even has some protein! One mini-loaf has ten grams of protein, and it would be more if you choose to add some protein powder!

In my recipe, I choose to make the bread extremely dense. If you would like a fluffier bread, reduce to applesauce to one cup, and increase the whole wheat four to one and a half cups. Whip the eggs until they are slightly fluffy before you add them to the batter, and add a bit more milk if it feels too dry. Also, I usually add some raisons or walnuts to my bread.

This recipe is fantastic to use as a base, so feel free to add, remove, or tweak any of the directions or ingredients below!

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

Ingredients:

2-3 cups shredded zucchini, depending on your tastes
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour*
1 cup oat flour* (read directions if you have none!)
1 cup stevia, coconut sugar, or sugar of choice*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda*
1 tsp baking powder*
3 eggs
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
1/2 tsp salt*
Pinch of Cream of Tartar and Nutmeg*

Directions:

If you have no oat flour, blend a cup of raw rolled or quick oats to make some easily. Then, mix all of the dry ingredients (marked with an asterisk) in a large mixing bowl. Next, blend all wet ingredients until fluffy, excluding the zucchini. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and then mix in the shredded zucchini. Pour the batter into some greased mini-loaf tins. Alternately, you could use regular loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes, or longer if you use a regular loaf pan. Check the loaves before you remove them from the oven, a toothpick inserted in the loaves should come out clean.

Make sure you taste the batter before you pop it into the oven! Feel free to add walnuts, raisons, or coconut oil for added yummy points!

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread in its most glorious form- with cranberry sauce (from Trader Joes) and yogurt on the side. Served up with some fresh raspberries and apple slices. An absolutely perfect snack!!

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread in its most glorious form- with cranberry sauce (from Trader Joes) and yogurt on the side. Served up with some fresh raspberries and apple slices. An absolutely perfect snack!!

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