I can remember summer days as a child when I would be sent out into my family’s garden to harvest zucchini. There was always zucchini, tons of it. Isn’t that what you hear everybody say who has a garden? It seems like zucchini is the invincible plant.
Well, except if you walk into my garden. No zucchini. Just a blank slate of dirt with a few random weeds. I have no luck growing anything. Even the weeds struggle. So while most people are in search of people to give away their zucchini to, I am one of those people begging others to pass some my way.
I crave the zucchini from my parent’s garden because that ultimately meant my Mom’s Zucchini Bread. And I know a lot of people say their recipe is best, but my mom’s combined zucchini with crushed pineapple for a loaf that was both sweet and incredibly moist. So in my opinion, zucchini bread must have crushed pineapple in it, just like hers. Zucchini and Pineapple were just meant to be paired together.
So when someone graciously gives me their harvest of Zucchini, this is the ONLY Zucchini Bread I will be baking. And after one taste, I think it may be the only Zucchini Bread you will ever crave again too. Not to mention this is a healthy version!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup canola oil or melted butter
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 to 3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
- 1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 8x4 loaf pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In another bowl, mix together eggs, honey, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini and pineapple.
- Divide batter between the loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Sometimes, this may take up to 60 minutes depending on your oven.
- Cool in pans for 15 minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely.
But in case you are gifted with the talents of a summer garden, check out how the gang from Sunday Supper have harvested the best summer has to offer.