Fresh From the Garden Healthier Zucchini Bread

 

What to do with all that zucchini from the garden? Make zucchini bread of course!

This is my favorite recipe for zucchini bread. It was inspired by this recipe. I switched out the all-purpose flour for King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour. I like using whole grains whenever possible and using this white whole wheat flour gave it a richer, nutty taste.

I also substituted melted organic coconut oil for the vegetable oil. I am trying to avoid corn and canola oil and prefer the healthier aspects of the coconut oil.

You could add nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you like to this. My grandkids like it just the way it is and they eat a whole loaf up quicker than you can bat an eye!

I hope you will try this recipe and let me know how you like it.

Fresh From the Garden Healthier Zucchini Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon ( I love the Kirkland Signature Ground Saigon Cinnamon from Costco)

3 eggs

1 cup organic coconut oil – melted

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract (Do not use imitation vanilla extract. Ever! For anything!)

2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium sized zucchinis)

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 325º (I used the convection/bake setting on my oven but the regular setting is fine)

-Grease and flour two loaf pans.

-Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

-Beat eggs, coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla in bowl of standing mixer until well combined. (Or stir by hand)

-Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and beat on low until combined. It is best to use a mixer here as the batter will be thick.

-Add the zucchini to the mixture and mix on low speed just until combined.

– Spread batter into the prepared pans.

-Bake for 40-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took about 47 minutes.)

-Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Enjoy!

 

Our Style Cookies

Cookies! Grandkids! They just seem to go together, don’t they?

We did a remodel of our kitchen some years back. Back when we had only one grandchild. (Now we have eight!) One of the must have features that I insisted on was a big island with a large countertop space. I wanted it for making cookies with my grandkids, among other things.

That rolling pin is the one I used with my mother when we made cookies together. Now I am using it with my grandkids. Love!

Well, let me tell you. This island has proven to be priceless for making memories. So many memories!

I love a good cookie recipe just like any baking gramma. But time can sometimes be a problem. Its nice to be able to be spontanious when one of the grandkids says, “Gramma, can we make cookies?” I like to be able to say, “Of course we can!” as often as possible. Isn’t that what a gramma does?!?

That is why I always, always have this Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix in my pantry. My “A” type personality shudders at using a pre-made mix for cookies. But the “B” that I am striving to embrace loves this! Really easy. Super fun. And  a very tasty cookie to boot.

I also found a great recipe for icing to use to decorate them. Yay Pinterest!  What did we ever do before it? You can find it here. Its a great recipe because it uses just three ingredients that I always have on hand. Powered sugar, light corn syrup, and almond extract. This frosting is easy to tint any color the kids want and it looks so pretty when it dries. Glossy and bright!

I am always on the lookout for cute cookie cutters to add to my collection but truthfully, the kids like the simplest the best. Can’t go wrong with a circle or a heart.

And the sprinkles! Oh my. So many to choose from and so many fun ones are available at stores now. Not your grandma’s sprinkles. We are talking princess sprinkles, hearts, confetti, superhero bling, sanding sugar. The possibilities are endless.

The kids cut them out, ice them, and decorate with the sprinkles on their own. I love seeing their creations. I’m sure it is good somehow educationally – tactile, sensory, creativity – but that is not for me to worry about. I just want to see them have fun!

Honestly, this is such a fun activity and only takes about an hour tops! So in the time it takes for their parents to go see a movie you can make these, munch on a few with a glass of milk or cup of coffee, spend quality time with your grandchild, and make a memory. Win/win – for you, the grandkids, and their parents!

PS – I always send the cookies home with the grandkids. They are too tempting to keep around the Hubs and I. They are that good!