Tuesday, September 02, 2008

What to Do With that Huge Zucchini

Last week found me the proud owner of a gigantic zucchini. I'm not talking about a large zucchini, I'm talking about a zucchini the size of a bowling pin. Huge. Since I knew I wouldn't want to eat it all, I decided to shred it up and use it for zucchini bread. In an attempt to be semi-healthy, I sent out a plea for reduced-fat and/or reduced-sugar zucchini bread recipes. I didn't get any (but I'm looking forward to trying some of that chocolate zucchini bread in the future). I did, however, receive a very timely email from Eat Better America with a recipe for "Healthified" Zucchini Bread.

I made a few adjustments to the healthified recipe based on the ingredients I had and the comments made by others who'd tried the recipe and got two loaves of delicious zucchini bread. The original version had walnuts and used twice the sugar. I also substituted 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice for 2 of the 3 tsp cinnamon the recipe called for because I was unexpectedly out of cinnamon. The result was this recipe:

Use-That-Zucchini Bread

2 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup fat free egg substitute
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup Splenda Sugar Blend)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottoms only of two loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, applesauce and liquid ingredients with sugar until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Divide mixture evenly between the two loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about 15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

It wasn't chocolate zucchini bread, but it was extremely good. Next time I think I might add the walnuts, but if I didn't know it was reduced-fat and reduced sugar, I don't think I would have guessed it. If you try it, let me know what you think.


Melanie said...

"Use that zucchini". Great name.

Now I just need ingredients. That's always my downfall - lack of ingredients. :)

kat said...

I have two of those giant zucchinis in my fridge too. looks like I'll be baking up some bread

Meryl said...

I need to go buy a big zucchini and make some bread--the weather all of a sudden got chilly here today and it sounds so good.

Louise said...

I love Zuchini. But I am a little miffed that all anyone can every think of is Zuchini bread. What about fried Zuchini, Zuchini Parm, Zuchini noodles and primavera, Zuchini cakes, or veggie burgers? Expand your Zuchini mind, my friend and the world will be your squash...

Ami said...

Reluctant Housewife - I tend to have the same problem. That's what has inspired me to get a little more creative in the kitchen. Dinners tend to be concocted out of whatever I have on hand. :)

Kat - You might want to try some of Louise's suggestions, too. ;)

Meryl - Zucchini bread does always make me think of cooler weather, which is odd since zucchini is a summer vegetable...I guess it's the baking part that tends to be done in cooler weather.

Louise - Now you've got me thinking. That's exactly what I needed! Inspiration! I've been so overwhelmed with produce that I have difficulty getting out of my good-ol-standby ruts. All I need now are some recipes.

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

that looks delicious. i just might give it a go today. :)

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