Because we don’t eat processed foods at my place, there is only ever food to eat if I have cooked/baked. Because I have 3 young kids, we need to have snacks on hand and I also like to pack treats in their lunchboxes so that they are happy not to have the packaged foods that the other kids have. My belief is that we might as well pack as much nutrition into everything we put in our mouths. If it can taste great and be good for you then it is a win/win situation!
So, my continuous quest to use veggies in baked goods, add as much natural fat as possible and the perfect combination of chocolate and zucchini have led me to this chocolate bread!
It is a great texture and packed full of nutrition. I also works beautifully as muffins and is really quick and easy to make. The raw mixture is so tasty that it is tempting not to bother baking it at all!
6 free range eggs (room temperature)
1 medium zucchini
7 medjool dates or 1/4 cup rice malt syrup / raw honey / maple syrup (please do not use agave)
1/2 medium sized avocado (it will still work without this if you can’t eat avocado)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup raw cacao
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda (baking soda)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder / vanilla bean paste (you can use vanilla extract if you don’t have either of these)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon coconut cream / or milk of your choice
Throw everything into a food processor and mix until smooth and creamy looking!
If mixing by hand you will need to finely grate the zucchini and mash the avocado really well (or leave it out). Also choose one of the other sweeteners instead of dates. Mix the dry ingredients then add in the wet ones and mix until well combined.
Place in a loaf tin lined with baking paper or in a muffin tray lined with muffin cases.
You will know that it is ready when it is firm to touch and springs back when pressed lightly. If you aren’t sure then test that a skewer comes out clean.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container or a 4 My Earth bread bag – the loaf will keep for ages in one of these.
They also freeze well.
You can add any extras into these that you like. I have added a small beetroot, baby spinach, vital veggie powder and acai berry blend (not all in the one batch!) and they all worked perfectly. Pop some raspberries or a small piece of dark chocolate on top for extra decoration!
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