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The most Flavorful and Healthy Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is an all-time favorite for many, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s a delicious and healthy treat that’s perfect for any time of day. However, making the perfect zucchini bread can be a challenge. Getting the perfect balance of flavors, texture, and moisture can be tricky, and it’s easy to end up with a dry or flavorless loaf. But fear not! Baking the perfect zucchini bread can be a breeze with the right tips and tricks.

My sister Erika is a better baker than me, which is true. She can sometimes be a little too happy with her spices when baking, but somehow her baking goods always come out great. She was gracious enough to share her recipe with me. So today, I am sharing it with you.

Below you will find everything you need to know to create a moist, flavorful, and healthy zucchini bread that will impress even the most discerning taste buds. We’ve covered everything from selecting the right ingredients to baking techniques and tips. So, grab your apron, and let’s get baking!

Zucchini Bread

You are in for a treat if you love ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in your baked sweet bread. This recipe is actually made with Whole White Wheat.

What is whole wheat white flour?

Whole wheat white flour is milled from the hard white wheat berry. It contains the wheat berry; the difference is in the white berry’s bran, resulting in a lighter-colored, sweeter-tasting flour. Retaining the bran and germ yields flour with more fiber and naturally occurring nutrients. (thekitchn.com)

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients for Perfect Zucchini Bread

  • Whole white wheat flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Large eggs at room temperature
  • Coconut oil
  • Sugar organic sugar, preferably
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dark rum, Rum Barbancourt if you can, but any other dark rum will be good as well. Remember that not all dark rums are the same. Taste and aroma are different.
  • Zucchini
  • Walnuts or pecans: you can omit the nuts if you are allergic to nuts.

Tips for Baking the Perfect Zucchini Bread

Baking the perfect zucchini bread can take a bit of practice, but with these tips, you’ll be a pro in no time.

  • Use fresh zucchini: Fresh zucchini has more moisture than older zucchini, which will help keep your bread moist.
  • Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough bread. Mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Don’t overbake the bread: Overbaking the bread can make it dry. Check the bread for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  • Add ingredients in moderation: Adding too many nuts, chocolate chips, or other ingredients can throw off the balance of the bread.
  • Let the bread cool before slicing: Letting it cool completely will help it hold its shape and make it easier to slice.
  • When cooking with White Whole Wheat flour, you must add extra moisture so your baked goods do not come out dry. I would recommend adding fruits or veggies when the extra moisture is needed. The moisture from the zucchini will keep the bread moist during baking; there is no need to worry about that with this zucchini bread.
  • The coconut oil is a better alternative than regular oil because the texture is very light.
  • Spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg add tons of flavor to the bread.
  • Another show stopper, dark rum, adds a subtle taste with its smooth and soft scent of cane sugar. The special dark rum used is Rhum Barbancourt.
  • This recipe makes 2 loaves, pan size 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 in.
  • Always use good ingredients in your baked goods.

Variations on Zucchini Bread Recipes

Zucchini bread is a versatile recipe that can be customized in many ways. Here are a few variations on the classic zucchini bread recipe:

  • Lemon Zucchini Bread: Add the zest of one lemon to the batter and substitute lemon juice for the vanilla extract. And you may also want to substitute the coconut oil for lemon-infused olive oil for a more lemony flavor.
  • Carrot Zucchini Bread: you will need 2 cups of grated zucchini for this recipe. If you want to add carrots, add 1 cup of shredded carrots and 1 cup of grated zucchini bread.
  • Grate one large carrot and one large zucchini and add them to the batter.
  • Chocolate Zucchini Bread: add one cup of mini chocolate chips, preferably.

*Note that we rarely use another brand of dark rum because we love the strong and beautiful taste and aroma of our Haitian rum; we can really provide any feedback for other brands of rum.

Zucchini Bread

Serving Suggestions

Zucchini bread is delicious on its own or served with a spread of butter or cream cheese. Here are a few serving suggestions:

  • Toast a slice of zucchini bread and top it with butter and honey for a sweet breakfast treat.
  • Serve warm zucchini bread with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a tasty dessert.
  • Cut a slice of zucchini bread into cubes and use it as a topping for a salad.
  • Cut the zucchini bread into cubes for dessert cups topped with strawberry sauce and whipped cream or yogurt.

Storing and Freezing

Zucchini bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. To freeze zucchini bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Zucchini bread can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Healthier Options

If you’re looking for a healthier zucchini bread recipe, try these substitutions:

  • Substitute sugar with honey or maple syrup.
  • Substitute oil with unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas.

This vegetable bread is a delicious and healthy treat that’s easy to make and perfect for any time of day. With the right ingredients, technique, and variations, you can create a moist, flavorful, and healthy zucchini bread that will impress even the most discerning taste buds. So, grab your apron and start baking!

This wonderful tasty Zucchini Bread is best enjoyed as breakfast, snack, or brunch. The bread freezes well if wrapped properly and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Source:

http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-deal-8-12459

Zucchini Bread

The most Flavorful and Healthy Zucchini Bread

A moist and delicious zucchini bread made with whole white wheat flour and flavored with spices and rum. Easy to bake and freeze, this recipe makes two loaves or one long loaf.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 3330 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups whole white wheat flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda sifted
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups sugar organic sugar preferably
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons dark rum
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup nuts walnuts or pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9.25 by 5.25 or one 12 x 4 1/2-inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, sift all dried ingredients with the exception of the sugar and nuts.
  • In another large bowl, beat eggs and oil together. Stir in vanilla extract and rum. Add sugar and mix well to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, to the sugar and egg mixture, stirring after each incorporation.
  • Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined
  • Pour batter into prepared pan(s)
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 15 – 20 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.

Notes

  • Use fresh zucchini: Fresh zucchini has more moisture than older zucchini, which will help keep your bread moist.
  • Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough bread. Mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Don’t overbake the bread: Overbaking the bread can make it dry. Check the bread for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  • Add ingredients in moderation: Adding too many nuts, chocolate chips, or other ingredients can throw off the balance of the bread.
  • Let the bread cool before slicing: Letting it cool completely will help it hold its shape and make it easier to slice.
  • When cooking with White Whole Wheat flour, you must add extra moisture so your baked goods do not come out dry. I would recommend adding fruits or veggies when the extra moisture is needed. The moisture from the zucchini will keep the bread moist during baking; there is no need to worry about that with this zucchini bread.
  • The coconut oil is a better alternative than regular oil because the texture is very light.
  • Spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg add tons of flavor to the bread.
  • Another show stopper, dark rum, adds a subtle taste with its smooth and soft scent of cane sugar. The special dark rum used is Rhum Barbancourt.
  • This recipe makes 2 loaves, pan size 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 in.
  • Always use good ingredients in your baked goods.
  • Flour and other dried ingredients must be sifted.

Nutrition

Serving: 16gramsCalories: 3330kcalCarbohydrates: 355gProtein: 47gFat: 210gSaturated Fat: 142gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 1828mgPotassium: 1301mgFiber: 28gSugar: 204gVitamin A: 626IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 353mgIron: 10mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published on August 15, 2016. Revised and updated with more content.

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