Healthy (ish) Stress Baking: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
I am a stress baker – when life gets difficult one of my main coping mechanisms is to bake things with lots of sugar and probably chocolate. However, I do try to be a healthy person, for the most part. This week, when the urge to stress-bake occurred, I remembered I had a zucchini nearing the “use it or lose it” phase of life. Internet-land helpfully reminded me that zucchini can be used in desserts, and I knew what I was going to bake – chocolate-chip zucchini bread.
This is my base recipe, but I modified it for myself a bit.
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 medium-large zucchini, grated
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 a bag (ish) of chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugar together. I always use salted butter because a, it tastes better, and b, most recipes that call for unsalted butter have you adding salt anyways, and that just seems inefficient and silly. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Then add all the other ingredients (except the chips) and beat them all together with a hand mixer. Zucchini is super easy and fast to grate with a cheese grater so no worries if you don’t have a food processor (like me). Stir in the chocolate chips last (to taste). Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans) and bake at 350 until done – aka golden brown on top, amazing smell, and springs back when you touch it. Cool on a wire rack once its done.
The result: awesome – even better than I expected. The cinnamon and nutmeg I think are the true key to this recipe. I admit – I was skeptical about this one, but I shouldn’t have been. The best I can describe it is that it tastes like oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies in bread form. You really don’t notice the zucchini either, although you know it’s there. So you can snack on it without feeling guilty – although, disclaimer, I don’t think this recipe is actually healthy in any way. So don’t feel guilty (one should never feel guilty about eating good food regardless) but don’t lie to yourself either. Finally, the song of the week: Woman of Faith by Eddie from Ohio. I find this song extremely soothing, and listened to it on repeat for awhile this week. Not quite as long as my 2 hour Sweet Child O’ Mine repeat marathon, but a solid runner up.