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Diary of a Non-Cook: Zucchini Bread

Well, it really should be Diary of a Non-BAKER!

You wouldn’t think veggies in bread would be ideal, right?!? Oh, but sooo wrong! Zucchini bread is my fave. Well, HUGE caveat, it must have zero, zip, zilch walnuts in it, on top of it, or anywhere near it! Those weird, brain looking, kinda soft nuts are not my thing. At. All. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I do not prefer them. Ever. Finding zucchini bread sans walnuts is akin to finding the holy grail. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is an amazing day. I can’t even lie, I’ve been known to be very non-lady like and just spit the walnuts out, since I really do love zucchini bread.

I’ve always wanted to try to make it, but was intimidated at combining cooking and bread together. Seems complicated. Lot has made it before and shared hers with me. She encouraged me to make it and said it wasn’t hard to make. After that convo, it’s been pinned on my Maybe One Day I’ll Make It board. I finally decided to give it a go.

I did look for paleo recipes too, but I decided I wanted the good stuff and I didn’t really have to go out of my way to get ingredients to make it immediately. Instant gratification is everything! Well, a trip to Safeway was necessary for the zucchini.

Doesn’t a slice of zucchini bread and cup of coffee sound amazing?!

I settled on using a recipe by Kristen of Yellow Bliss Road, which I found through this pin. I realized her recipe would make 2 loaves, but I still decided to go with it even though I only have one loaf tin. I figured I’d cross that road when I got there! Typical…

via Yellow Bliss Road

Here are the ingredients, but please visit her website for the full recipe. Also, give her some love for sharing her original recipe:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional) — NO THANKS!!

As you can see, she calls for walnuts. But I just pretended that wasn’t there. The prep wasn’t long at all. The only time-consuming task was shredding the zucchini. For some reason I thought it would be important to remove the skin, then shred. But in hindsight, I may have left the skin on so you could see the bits of zucchini. Otherwise, it looks like some random brown bread 😉

Even when you think you squeeze all the water from the grated zucchini, you still have NOT! Who knew there was so much water in zucchinis. I was a little worried about how wet the mix was after adding in the dry ingredients. I didn’t really have a way to make it less wet, so I figured I’d just throw away the outcome if it was gross after it came out of the oven. I guess I could have tried to add more flour or something, but I have no idea how that would have affected the outcome.

Back to the two loaves situation. I didn’t want to dirty two dishes and I only have one loaf pan. So I used a square baking pan, more for cakes or brownies. It worked out perfectly. Well, until I had to put it away and ended up using a chip and dip holder, large enough for the square bread. Oh the joys of me in the kitchen! Next time around I want to invest in the small brownie square maker pan or the personal loaves pan (I have no idea what to call this) for individual servings. I’m not lazy to cut portions for myself, it’s just more convenient in the end.

It came out so good! Slightly sweet, but still moist. This sucker has thick and solid. I was happy that it came out so well. I was scared to share with people, but I did with a couple of people and they liked it. Or at least they told me they did. I take that as a win. I’ve been enjoying it almost every day for a snack or with my coffee for breakfast. It’s been awesome to have around. If I eat it this much though, I should probably try a paleo version. Or my other option would be to cut the recipe in half to make one regular loaf. That’s probably what I’ll actually do the next go around!

I also wanted to share my grater, because it’s come in clutch so many times. However, mine came with three grater options. There is a green grater that isn’t pictured here or listed on this posting but came with mine. It was the best clearance pick-up at Target ever!

via Amazon // Prepworks

Again, I was intimidated for no reason. It was easy to make, but the listed 10 min prep time should really be longer for the grating and getting rid of the excess water. I wish I would have tried it sooner, so I could have been eating it for longer. If you love zucchini bread, I’d suggest this recipe for time and taste. Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road calls it the BEST zucchini bread ever, which might be a stretch, but I’m forever happy I made this!

What intimidates you in the kitchen? Sooo many things for me, but I’m trying them, one recipe here and there.

Happy cooking baking friends!

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