True confession: I made this bread (cake?) a few weeks ago when we weren’t in the middle of a heat wave. I totally (TOTALLY) understand if you don’t feel up to turning on your oven this week. Just tuck this little gem of a recipe away (or pin it!) for later. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.
Another true confession: I can never remember how to spell ‘zucchini’without spell check. Are there two ‘c’s or two ‘n’s? Both? Neither? Uggah. I have trouble with ‘surprise,’ too. That first ‘r’ throws me for a loop every time.
Anyway, here’s a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread. It would be really killer with chocolate chips tossed in. Of course, that might tip it into the cake territory. But who am I to judge if you still eat it for breakfast? I’m just a girl who can’t spell ‘zucchini’ to save her life.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Lightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Yields 2 loaves
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose, gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
- 3 tablespoons coco powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until bright and smooth. Mix in olive oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, coco powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
Divide the batter into prepared pans and bake for 60 minutes, until cooked through.
The banana stand came to New York! THE BANANA STAND. You know. From Arrested Development?
When it arrived at Times Square last week, a few coworkers and I made good use of our lunch break and dashed uptown to see it. By 11:30, the line for Bluth bananas was already absurdly long, so we cruised in for a quick photo op and high tailed it back to work.
Little did we know, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett were due to show up not long after left. We missed this:
(And that is why you never go to the banana stand early).
So, having been deprived of a Bluth banana and a chance to gawk at the the stars of Arrested Development, I decided to make some frozen bananas of my own. These are bite-sized, stuffed with peanut butter, and dipped in chocolate. Perfect for an Arrested Development Season 4 viewing party or a sultry summer afternoon snack.
Grab your cut-offs, drink some juice, take a teamocil and make yourself some frozen banana bites. It will not be a huge mistake.
Frozen Banana Bites
Makes 16 bites
- 3 large bananas, sliced into 32 rounds
- 2 bars of dark chocolate
- peanut butter
Using a double boiler, heat chocolate until melted. Remove from heat. Arrange banana rounds in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Smear peanut butter on half the rounds, and top with the remaining rounds to form 16 peanut butter banana sandwiches.
Using a fork or toothpick, dip each sandwich in chocolate, and return to the baking sheet. When all sandwiches are coated in chocolate, place the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove the tray from the freezer, transfer the frozen banana bites to a tupperware container. Return bites to the freezer for 30 more minutes, until the bananas are thoroughly frozen.
Eat immediately or store in the freezer.