Monday, October 10, 2011

Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread

One day my sister brought me this humungous zucchini.  It was beautiful and freshly picked from the garden.  It beheld many possibilities. 

Some of those possibilities came in entertainment form.  We were creative and of course we had to have some fun with this awesome vegetable before we baked it into its breadly form, I mean how often does a vegetable of this proportion come into your life?

 I don’t think breadly is a word, but it should be.  There are lots of foods that should have breadly forms.  And zucchinis are definitely one of them.  So are bananas and chocolate chips.  So we put them all together in one fabulous breadly form. 

My sister is very animated.  She can make her eyes really poppy-outty.  I try to do the same but it’s just not as natural. 

Then we pretended the zucchini was a baby.  We think we’re funny, but this probably just looks strange.  We don’t mind. 

Then we got to work.  We had to cut up the zucchini.  And peel it.

Then we scooped out all the seeds.

Then we shredded it up.  That is hard work.  Definitely not as fun as using the zucchini as a prop.  We would have killed it on Whose Line.  One million points Drew Carey?  Why thank you very much!  

Then we added lots of other good stuff and mixed it all up.  Chocolate chips were included in all that good stuff.  It got poured into pans and baked up. 

Here's what the bread looks like when it's all done.  Pair it with fruit for a delicious and healthy breakfast!  That's what I did.  

2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
1 C Zucchini, Grated
1 ½ C  Flour
½ C Vegetable Oil
¾ C Sugar
2 T Sour Cream
1 Egg, Beaten
1 t Baking Soda
½ t Baking Powder
1 t Cinnamon
¼ t Nutmeg
¼ t Ground Ginger
1 t Vanilla
½ t Salt
½ C Mini Chocolate Chips, (NOT optional) we added more like 1 Cup

1. Preheat the oven to 350, grease and flour loaf pan.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, egg, vanilla, and mix. Then another bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

3. Next, fold in the grated zucchini and mini chocolate chips until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

4. Bake the bread for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.

5. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove it and let it completely cool on a cooling rack.

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