The coffee maker is cranky.
Coffee Maker cannot figure out why all these baking supplies are out at such an ungodly hour of the morning.
Coffee Maker is cranky and hot and does not like to be crowded.
But you see Coffee Maker, it’s all because of the zucchini from yesterday’s CSA pick up.
This zucchini is practically begging to made into Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
But zucchini bread means the oven has to be turned on.
So if I’m going make zucchini bread, I’m going to do it early. With no central air conditioning in this house, it’s gonna get ugly if I attempt to turn the oven on much past 8 AM.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread for breakfast it is then!
I have a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread in my recipe box. A recipe that was photocopied for us by a neighbor at our old house.
Our old house where we use to have central air.
Oh the memories.
One look at the ingredient list today and I knew I could tweak this recipe to be just a wee bit healthier than the 2 cups of sugar it called for.
A bit more “breakfasty” and a bit less “desserty”.
In fact, let’s call this A Healthier Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c oil (I used canola)
3/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1 – 2 shredded zucchinis (about 2 cups)
1 shredded carrot
1 medium mashed banana (the riper the better)
Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs and stir in wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients, add in veggies and mix well.
It’s not even 8 AM and my kitchen is already a mess. And it’s getting hotter by the minute.
Hot and messy? Why those are two of my favorite adjectives!
(not today, woman. it’s too damn early and it’s too damn hot.)
For bread, pour into an oiled and lightly floured bread pan and bake for 55 – 60 minutes.
But if you make muffins, you can turn the oven off a half hour sooner.
Mine were done in 24 minutes.
(makes 1 loaf or about 15 muffins.)
Notice there are no pictures of children eating chocolate zucchini anything for breakfast today.
It’s inappropriate to take pictures of children that are so hot they are sitting at the breakfast table in their underwear.
Good thing it’s not inappropriate to take a picture of my own breakfast.
2% Fage topped with a chocolate zucchini muffin, cut into quarters (missing quarter devoured during breakfast assembly) plus some CSA blueberries and raspberries.
If you have central air, go ahead and make these for dinner. They have vegetables in them after all!
In fact, since you have central air – I’m inviting myself over. I’ll even bring the zucchini.
(and I’ll leave my cranky coffee maker at home.)