Being Creative: Turning Veggies into Baked Goods

This summer, we had an amazing community garden at work (Thanks, Columbus Foundation – you rock). Summer veggies were in high abundance! We had multiple zucchinis the size of some of the lil ones at work. This past weekend, we had one zuke left over from the day’s haul. I didn’t want this guy left alone to rot over the weekend, so necessity demanded that I adopt this zucchini.

Now if you’re my mother reading this, you are probably thinking “this girl has never willingly decided to take a vegetable home”, but I did. Look at me now, Ma! I took this zucchini home. After I got the behemoth squash in my kitchen, I’ll be honest, it was pretty intimidating. This is a large vegetable. So what do I do? Naturally, I take to Pinterest. And what do I find? I find a CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD recipe. That’s right. Chocolate.

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Had a quarter of the zucchini left over, even!

I found this baby, courtesy of twopeasandtheirpod, and man am I glad that I did. I took my recipe to the local Trader Joe’s, which, I was very glad to discover, has everything that one needs for this baking project. This is from scratch here, and I am not the kind of cook that regularly keeps flour stocked in her kitchen. If you are, then you are one step ahead of me!

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My Kitchen Aid mixing bowls are my favorite. Thanks, Ma!

I got to work prepping and shredding the zucchini (pro tip: I have since made this recipe 2 more times and the best times have been when the zucchini was patted with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.), mixing my wet and dry ingredients separately, and of course getting cocoa powder everywhere as one is prone to do when simultaneously dancing while baking.

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I enjoy that Trader Joe, when baking become his German counterpart, Baker Josef on their baking items. That’s good branding! 

You stick this bad boy in the oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 mins (every time that I have made it, I’m usually closer to 60-65 minutes, but I also used a 6×8 pan instead of her recipe’s 5×9). And then the oven does it’s magic!

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What comes out is the deliciously chocolatey bread that is honestly more cake-like than bread-like. It would also be great for muffin tins for smaller servings to eat throughout the week. I always eat one slice right out of the oven. Obviously you have to taste test your baking. How else would you know it was acceptable to share with the public? Its a great recipe for sharing with a group of friends, office mates, and even picky boyfriends. There is no way that you could tell that there were veggies in this gooey, chocolately bread. So look at that, Ma! I can eat my veggies…when combined with enough sugar, butter, and chocolate 🙂

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, especially if you have some lingering late summer zucchini! Enjoy!

-Jessie

P.S. Sorry about the photos – the lighting in my kitchen is not the best! #apartmentliving

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