August 11, 2010

Zucchini, so.much.zucchini.

There are so many things you can make with zucchini. I use them instead of spagetti noodles, we saute them, put them in omelets, grill them, make boats out of the ones I forget to pick and then they grow huge, zucchini bread (w/ chocolate chips or raisins) is a favorite of my boys.

(posting derailed by Ethan taking his diaper off on the stairs. His diaper that was full of poop, and then sitting on the stairs with is bare butt that was full of poop. Ethan and my stairs are now clean, the diaper has seen better days but I will get to that once I finish this!)

Back to zucchini, seriously how interesting can you be while talking about zucchini, I know. BUT you don't want to miss this recipe, it is a favorite of ours and one you should try. Today I decided to make a treat out of one of our zucchinis that got a bit (okay, much more than a bit) too big. Zucchini cake! This is a cake that I don't feel guilty making, no it is not perfect and super healthy, but it does have a lot of good stuff in it and it tastes even better. On to the recipe, sorry for the long winded post, something I need to work on!

Zucchini Chocolate Snack Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (whole wheat flour will do)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (low fat)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (I used 1/3 cup apple sauce instead)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare an 11x8 inch pan by coating with cooking spray.
Combine flour through salt. In a mixer, whisk together eggs and sugar, then add the yogurt, oil, and vanilla until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture, 1/2 of it at a time. Last, fold in the zucchini and half of the chocolate chips. Poor into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until sides start to pull away from the edge and it looks slightly browned (also a knife should come out clean when inserted). Poor the remaining chocolate chips on top of the hot cake and let them melt (I put it back in the oven that is turned off for a few more minutes to get the chips to melt faster). Cool and serve. It will clump and break if cut and served while it is too hot, just ask Landon and Trevor about that.

The boys all got a piece today for afternoon snack and Landon and I had this conversation:
Landon:YUM! Mom, there's not even zucchini in it.
Me, pointing to the pieces of zucchini in his cake: Yes there is, see those green things in there? That's the zucchini.
Landon, seeming quite please: Well, you can't even taste it! Trevor, you can't even taste the zucchini!

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