~Chocolatey Banana/Zucchini Loaf~

I was given some yellow zucchini from our delightful 75yr. old gardening neighbour….Paired it with some chocolate and banana….Turned out really good. ¬†Took the photo’s just after it came out of the oven – you can see the milk & dark chocolate oozing out ūüôā ¬†( I love chocolate )

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-Ingredients Р1 1/2 c. flour,  1/2 t. baking soda, 1t. baking powder,  1/4 t. himalayan salt,  1 1/2 t. cinnamon,  1/4 c. baking cocoa powder,  1/4 c. ground flax.

3 banana’s, ¬†2 eggs, ¬†3/4 c. brown sugar, ¬†1/2 c. applesauce, ¬†2c. grated/squeezed zucchini, ¬†1 t. vanilla, ¬†3T. plain yogurt – optional

1/2 c. ground walnuts,  1 c. ( or more) chocolate pieces (from your favourite chocolate bar or chocolate carob chips, 3 or 4 T. fine coconut.

Preheat oven to 375′ – grease bottom of pan and sprinkle with coconut. Mix flour, ¬†b. powder, ¬†b.soda, ¬†salt, ¬†cinnamon, ¬†cocoa powder and flax together and set aside.

In food processor, mix banana’s – add eggs, ¬†brown sugar, ¬†and applesauce. ¬†Pour into larger bowl and add grated zucchini, ¬†vanilla and yogurt. Mix dry ingredients into banana/zucchini bowl until just combined ( no over-mixing ) Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate.

Bake 10 min. @ 375′ then lower temp. to 350′ for another 35-40 min. When done, let sit for 5 min. then loosen loaf sides from the pan with a butter knife and turn out onto a cake rack.

Notes:                                                                                                                            Let grated zucchini sit on a clean towel for 10 min. then squeeze out excess moisture.

Use really ripe banana’s for best flavour.

I used 1c. white flour and 1/2 c. whole wheat flour.

If you don’t eat eggs, you could use 1T. fresh ground flax seed mixed with 2 1/2 T. of water ( let sit for 5 min. ) to replace each egg.

All ingredients used were organic.  banana loaf 3