Lower Sugar Zucchini Bread


Oh my this Zucchini bread is so moist and delicious there won't be a morsel left I promise! What a great way to get your kids, little and big to eat their veggies and nuts! If you want to make it even lower in sugar just leave the chocolate chips out!

*This recipe makes two loaves but I did use one 9.2 x 5.2 and the other loaf pan I have is 9 x 5.  I filled them both half full. 


Ingredients:


3 eggs


1/4 cup coconut oil 


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce


1/4 cup organic cane sugar or you could use coconut palm sugar.  See below.


3 teaspoons vanilla


2 cups Bob Red Mills All Purpose Gluten/wheat free flour (plus more if needed) 


1 teaspoons baking powder


1 teaspoon baking soda


1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 / 2 cup chopped walnuts (I had some on hand so why not! They’re good for us!)


2 cups shredded zucchini (I used one med to large size zucchini) from the garden.  If you’re buying them at the store you might buy 3 small. 


1/2 c raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two 9x5 pans with cooking spray. Beat eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla until it gets foamy.  Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour to eggs.  Consistency should be thick- not runny- so add more flour if necessary.

 

Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips, then pour half of the mixture into each pan.  Bake about 45-50 min until it passes the clean toothpick test.   With my oven I put it on 48 min.

 

Health benefits of zucchini (courgette)

"The biggest difference" comments the Food Channel, between black and English walnuts” is flavor." Like anything that grows wild, the black walnut tastes "more robust and out-of-the-ordinary than orchard-grown nuts," like the English walnut. Either the mild-flavored English walnut or the rich, dark black walnut can prove tasty in your recipes, depending on the flavor you want.

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of thousands of people prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was a myth

Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.

Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. 

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Bottom Line: Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.  Read more at - http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

If you’re going to use coconut sugar, then use it sparingly. It’s slightly “less bad” than regular sugar, but definitely not something to eat every day or too much of.

Coconut sugar is in the same boat as honey.  It is healthier than refined sugar, but definitely worse than no sugar at all.  Remember what it says in the Bible about eating too much honey? 

“If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.” Proverbs 25:16

Yuck who wants to do that?!! 


“I would rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the light.”  Mary Gardiner Brainard

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