Friday, August 19, 2011

Celebrity Post: Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread!

This is when we wish we had smell-o-vision!
This whole wheat zucchini banana bread looks incredibly delicious. Our beloved Team LP member, Natalie, shared her most recent baking conquest a la Marcus Samuelsson's blog. 

Ever the health nut, she's always looking for new ways to get her crave on while still keeping the calorie count low. It's a great and healthy way to use the versatile veg that is at it's seasonal peak! 

This is the recipe from the blog: 

Makes 1 loaf, adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 cup chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, nuts, or a mixture of any of these
1. Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a standard-sized loaf pan.
2. Beat together the eggs, honey, banana, brown sugar, and vanilla until well-combined.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Mix into the egg/banana mixture just until combined.
4. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips, just until combined.
5. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let rest for 20 minutes before removing from the loaf pan.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Baking! xo

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