Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Walnut Zucchini Bread

Contributed by Dawn Brighid

This is adapted from a recipe found on the Cooking Light website (July 2004). It’s not only moist, but is also healthy with only 3 tablespoons of oil compared to many recipes that call for 1 cup per loaf. With whole wheat, 2 cups of zucchini and nuts, it is a delicious and healthy treat!

Ingredients
34 cup organic brown sugar
3 tablespoons oil (I used 1 olive & 2 canola)
2 large eggs from free roaming chickens
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup organic apple sauce
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 14 teaspoon baking soda
12 teaspoon cinnamon
14 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded organic zucchini
12 cup (heaping) organic semi sweet chocolate chips
12  cup (heaping) walnuts pieces

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and mix at low speed until well blended. I used my Grandmothers hand mixer, and it worked great! Then stir in the applesauce.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients and mix together with a whisk. Add flour mixture to the wet mix, beating until moist. Stir in the zucchini, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Spoon batter into loaf pan (coat pan with olive oil) and bake at 350 for about 55 minutes. Check by inserting a wooden toothpick (I used a wooden chopstick) in the center. If is comes out almost clean, it’s perfect.

Other Options
The chocolate chps and walnuts could be optional, but they make it so very yummy! And there is always the sandwich - 2 thin slices of the zucchini bread with some local organic cream cheese in the middle. YUM.

Tips
Be careful to not over cook the loaf so that it stays moist.

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