Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

I feel like I never spell zucchini right!  Is it just me?  I always forget, is it two n's or two c's or both?  Anyway, spelled correctly or not, this is a healthy version of a classic.  I made it on my birthday while Tom was here. I ate it for breakfast almost every day until it was gone. I like it with some almond butter on it.  Like most all of my recipes, this is not very sweet. I am amazed when I read quick bread recipes that call for a cup of oil and a cup of sugar.  Greasy and too sweet, yuck.  This is a variation on a recipe from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook.  It is made with white whole wheat flour and spelt flour, is sweetened with coconut palm sugar, and has a little bit of coconut oil.  It is chock full of zucchini, dried cranberries, and pecans.  What's not to love?  I have also made this with agave nectar (see recipe below) and I am sure it would work with maple syrup, honey, or if you must, brown sugar.  It is not vegan as it contains eggs and I have not tried it with a "flax egg" but I bet you could.  I love this kind of quick bread.  It is a bit dense but I think that fills you up so it is indeed enough for a meal.  Of course it could be a snack or even a dessert if you like.  I have made this many times over the years and it is always good.

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 Let's see what else is new?  The weekend here was beautiful.  Sunday was sunny, blue skies, not hot yet not cold.  I didn't have much going on.  I did go by Trader Joes and put in a job application.  WHAT?  I know.  I actually would really like to work there, part time. I love their products and the staff are always friendly and nice.  I am trying to keep all my options open and keep some sort of forward momentum.  I have heard nothing from Novant so I am moving on in case that doesn't work out.  It might even be better for me to pull together a variety of part time gigs and not be in the politcal corporate grind.  I have the Kaplan teaching thing which is a great job but quite seasonal and part time.  I have a meeting scheduled to talk with a local integrative medicine doctor about how I might work with her. (I am thrilled that she answered an email I just sent to her website!)  I could health coach, teach cooking classes, all kinds of stuff.  And I think I would like to be a "real" nurse. It seems impossible to get hands on nursing job since I have been out of direct patient care for a long time, but I am considering taking a nurse refresher course which would put me in a better position to do that.   If I could work part time as a nurse, part time with Kaplan and work on establishing myself as a health coach and personal chef, I think I would be quite happy. TraderJoes would be a fun but consistent job while I sort out all the rest.  I would never be rich, but I would also never be bored and think I would be able to use all my knowledge and talents.  The nurse refresher course takes at least 3 months to finish the course work and skills labs and then there is a 160 hour clinical component.  Placement for that can take a month or more, so this is not a short term plan.  Anyway, it is all quite fun to think about and you just never know what will come up!  

Happy early Halloween! This spider lives on my front porch. I have cleaned the web off a couple of times as it gets thick really quickly. I had never seen the spider until yesterday!  The picture makes her look huge but she is only about an inch long in the body.  I have decided to let her keep her house as is because she quickly respins a web as soon as I clean it off.  Obviously she has set up permanent housekeeping so we are going to coexisit.  

Lastly, Fall has arrived.  The leaves are all in the midst of turning and it is beautiful. 

I love the leaves on the tree in the last picture.  They are all shaped liked hearts.  I am not sure what kind of tree that is (I am not knowledgeable about trees), but it was such a nice surprise to look up and see hearts!  I hope you have a good week.  I plan to take a visit to city hall today to file my DBA paperwork and then have about 8 hours of Kaplan training to do.  So nice to be busy!  

Whole Wheat Zuchini Bread

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 - 75 minutes

Keywords: bake bread breakfast snack vegetarian pecans zuchini

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar (can use brown sugar or substitute 2/3 cup agave nectar)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup milk (almond, cashew, soy, or dairy)
  • 1/4 coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

Whisk together the flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract. (add the agave nectar to the liquid ingredients if you are using it instead of coconut sugar.) Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until everything is moistened. Mix in the zucchini, cranberries, and pecans. If the mixture seems too dry add a tablespoon or two of milk until the batter is completely moistened.

Scrape the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for an hour. Test the center of the loaf with a toothpick. If toothpick does not come out clean, bake for 10 or 15 minutes longer until cooked all the way through. If the top starts to get too brown, tent it with foil for the last 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out of the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

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