Hello and welcome back to my blog!
NOTE: This is NOT a recipe for dogs. I repeat do NOT make this for your dog.
To begin with, I have had an obsession with baking for the past few months (I swear it’s a phase mom) and have been making banana bread and the sorts religiously for the past few weeks hehe…. So yesterday I decided to switch it up and try something I have never done before, and that was to make some zucchini bread. I wanted to try this recipe out because everything zucchini used to be all the rage and everyone wanted to make it because it was relatively healthy. After researching on the internet for different variations of the recipe I found one that seemed extremely healthy and delicious .
Of course though, when I went out to buy the long list of ingredients I realized I had forgotten some pretty crucial ingredients so I ended up looking for a simpler recipe. Which is how I stumbled upon a recipe by Myrecipe.
- ¾ cups of brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup of applesauce (I didn’t have this ahaha)
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup of shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
- ½ cup of chocolate chips
- Cooking spray (this is just to grease the pan, you can also use butter or cooking oil)
Now. At first glance, I know it seems like a lot, but trust me most of these items you will probably already have in your household, and don’t stress if you don’t have certain things, because I’ve learned that most items in recipes can be replaced by others.
PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 350
To begin with, I grated the zucchinis (2 mini zucchinis) with a grater, and if you don’t have one I would recommend getting one because a lot of recipes actually involve them, and they are just a very handy item to have around. After you have done this it’s OPTIONAL to strain them, I didn’t and there wasn’t much of a difference sooooo it’s completely your choice.
So guys, because I forgot the applesauce I actually ended up making my own and it was pretty easy, I would recommend skinning one apple first and chopping it into small bite-size pieces.Then fill a pot with about a cup of water or until the apples have enough so they won’t burn. Then just let the water boil and occasionally check on the apples until they’re soft enough to mash with a fork. While you’re waiting you can work on the other ingredients!
NOTE: Next time I might end up substituting bananas for apples simply because there were still some chunks of apple inside the bread.
As I was waiting (like usual) I dumped all the other ingredients in a bowl and mixed them (minus the chocolate chips and “applesauce” I added that at the end)
NOTE: I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose because I’ve realized that it makes me feel more healthy :), I also added only a ½ cup of sugar because again, I was trying to be healthy and surprisingly, it turned fine because of the chocolate chips in it.
After I mashed the apples I waited for them to cool before dumping them in (so they won’t cook the eggs) and mixed everything together.
I then poured it into the greased cake pan and set it in the oven for an hour while covering it in foil for the first 50 minutes.
As this happened I took Timmy on a much deserved walk and ended up running to make it back home in time to rotate the bread in the oven hehe…
Although this recipe was a random one I had found, I recommend using ones by Allrecipe, because not only is the list of ingredients short, simple, and turns out delicious but you are also able to order the ingredients from the website.
However I really did enjoy this recipe because of how rich and soft the bread was, without being overly rich or adding too many processed ingredients. I hope you enjoy making this recipe to treat yourself with, because dogs aren’t the only ones who deserve something nice every once in awhile!
P.S. random thought: what makes banana bread or zucchini bread classify as bread?? Wouldn’t it be more suited for the cake category???
Comment down below on what I should make next if you have any suggestions!