And We’ve Got A Home Run Here Folks!
Wow, the first time I pulled this loaf out of the oven I was quite surprised. I mean in the past I have had plenty of flops…and to be honest, this was my first attempt at this recipe creation, so I was expecting to have some tweaks before finalizing this recipe. To my surprise, I hit a home run first time out to bat! I mean really, how often does that happen? (Never!)
Summer is in full swing in my area and with summer comes zucchini and summer squashes. One of my favorite things to make is zucchini bread! I was quite challenged by myself to create a delicious organic chocolate zucchini bread recipe that was Paleo friendly, gluten free and grain free. I also wanted to make a loaf without flour, especially without coconut flour.
Why I Choose Not To Use Coconut Flour Anymore
I am not crazy about using coconut flour anymore. I have found coconut flour to be very inconsistent with final results because it all depends on the brand of coconut flour that one uses. Some brands are very dense, others are lighter. Even if you measure coconut flour on a scale, it still can be dramatically different depending on which brand one uses.
I receive more complaints with my recipes that use coconut flour. One it has a different texture then what many are use to. Two, you have to use a ton of eggs to help it rise and oftentimes I get an eggy taste to the dish.
Coconut flour has an extremely high fiber content and many have digestive issues when consuming coconut flour. Me personally, I do not digest coconut flour well. I can eat it in small doses but to much and I start to suffer from digestive issues. How about you, have you noticed any digestive issues (gas, bloating, heavy feeling in the gut) when eating coconut flour?
If you do experience digestive issues, this is a sign that your body is not tolerating it and it might be best not to consume it.
Organic Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
So lets move onto this amazing recipe shall we? I was inspired by two of my recipes to create this recipe. If you haven’t had a chance to try these out, I encourage you to. They are fantastic!
Both of these recipes do not use flour as a central ingredient, instead they use a nut butter.
The Star Ingredient
So todays recipe showcases a new ingredient that many of you might not have. There are a few things that I would like to discuss about this product. Have you noticed all the rave lately over Nutella?
I personally have never tried it. One time out of curiosity, I picked up a brand of chocolate hazelnut “Nutella like” butter at the store and I couldn’t believe how much sugar was in it! Not only that, it was filled with toxic ingredients…and many so called health food blogs were promoting this! What?
So the last time I was at my health food store, I stumbled upon Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Blend. I turned it over to read the ingredients and I was pleasantly surprised to see: dry roasted hazelnuts, dry roasted almonds, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa, organic cocoa butter, organic palm fruit oil, vanilla, and sea salt.
Were all of these ingredients perfect? No…but it has way less sugar and they focus on whole natural ingredients. Much better then the other chocolate hazelnut “Nutella” like brands out there. And remember folks, it is about balance. It is ok if it isn’t perfect. It clearly is a better choice then others.
I love hazelnuts, and love chocolate, and who doesn’t love almond butter too? So I thought this would make a perfect base for a delicious nutty organic chocolate zucchini bread recipe!
So if you need to get your hands on some of this, you can order it here: Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Blend. It truly makes a delicious loaf of chocolate zucchini bread! Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into a piece of this bread? YUM!
Nutritional Information: Calories: 180 Fat: 13.3g Carbs: 13.6g Protein: 4.7g
- 1 cup Justin's chocolate hazelnut butter blend or if Paleo, use almond butter sweetened with 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 1-2 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 1 cup shredded zucchini (squeeze excess water out of the shredded zucchini)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp grade b maple syrup
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (enjoy life)
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- In a medium bowl combine the chocolate hazelnut butter, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt and blend with a hand held mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed.
- Add baking soda and vinegar (will fizz up) and blend for 30 more seconds.
- Stir in shredded zucchini. If really watery, squeeze out excess water.
- Place in a lined or greased loaf pan. You can use one 5x9" pan or 2 mini loaf pans.
- Top with 1-2 tbsp of mini chocolate chips.
- Bake for 23-28 minutes if you have mini loaf pans and 35-50 minutes for large loaf pan. Start testing with a toothpick at 35 minutes and when it comes out clean when inserted in the center, it is done.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack and serve. You can also serve warm too.
The pictures in this post were made with mini loaf pans.
Click Here To See A Video On How To Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Update: I had several viewers that were having some difficulties with this recipe, so I did a quick video to show you how easy it is to make this zucchini bread.