Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread (vegan)

30 Aug

If you read my last post, you know I have been drooling over the delicious produce at the farmer’s market recently. I was sad to see farmers putting out the last of their zucchini crop last weekend. I definitely got greedy and snatched up more than my fair share.

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I felt a wave of guilt wash over me as zucchini after zucchini was unloaded from my bag…it was like the Mary Poppin’s version of a bottomless grocery bag full of zucchini.

I had to get rid of the guilt somehow…concocting this zucchini bread (and lots of it!) was just the way…in addition to zucchini pancakes, steamed zucchini, and zucchini omelets (more on that later)!

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread (vegan)

Makes 1 loaf

Note: I tried this recipe with varying amounts of sugar. I settled on 3/4 cup which was the minimum amount I could use while still having the loaf taste like zucchini bread. A 1/2 cup of sugar was still satisfactory but not the preferred version among tasters. 

1lb zucchini (1 large or 2 medium), shredded

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1/4 cup apple sauce

5 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water

1/4 cup zucchini juice (see below)

1. Combine shredded zucchini with 2 tablespoons sugar in a fine mesh strainer. Place over bowl and allow to drain for 30 minutes. Next, wring out the zucchini with a clean dish towel.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the juice.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a bread loaf pan with cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

4. In a separate medium bowl, combine sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, flax eggs, and zucchini juice. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in zucchini. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

 

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