I remember the first time I had zucchini bread. Clearly, it was love at first taste because why else would it be such a moment? I guess that was the first sign that I would grow to love food as much as I do. My initial impression of zucchini bread though was wondering why anyone would ruin bread by putting a watery vegetable in the batter.
These days, I often ask myself “what weird vegetable can I sneak in this recipe?”. Nothing is sacred anymore, I guess, not even bread. Zucchini bread just works though and this recipe is now a staple in my house.
The base of this recipe tastes similar to a moist, yellow cake with rich vanilla. When you add in the sweet zucchini and decadent dark chocolate, it’s one of the best bread/cake/absolute heaven you’ll ever have. When I first shared this recipe on Instagram, I got numerous texts and messages that this bread is one of the best ever. It’s kind of a big deal.
- this zucchini bread, probably
Even better, it’s gluten, dairy, and soy free so you can enjoy your old favorite in a new way or even make a new favorite. Welcome to the world of putting vegetables in bread; you’ll wonder why you never did it before.
Gluten + Dairy Free Zucchini Bread
1/3 c ghee or coconut oil, softened
1/3 c pure maple syrup
2 whole eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 medium zucchini, shredded with excess water squeezed out
1/2 c unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 c blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp mineral salt
1/3 c of dairy free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line loaf pan with parchment paper. In stand up mixer, mix liquid ingredients and zucchini until frothy. Gently mix in almond flour, baking soda, and salt until fully incorporatedthen fold in chocolate chips. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to fully cool before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
If you want to switch things up, omit the chocolate chips and add in shredded apple, coconut, and cinnamon. You could also swirl in a dollop of peanut butter before baking. The options are limitless so be creative and try new things!