Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Zuchini Bread-Zippety Do Dah!

April 30 is here already! First, I'm trying to figure out what happened to the month of April! And, second, it means this is the last day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I can't believe I made it through the entire month. 

I've gone the entire month without sharing any recipes. (Ususally, recipes are my backups when I can't think of anything to blog about. Opps, I just spilled my secret. Don't tell anybody, OK?)

In honor of the letter Z, I will share will you this luscious recipe. And also, just for today, I will declare that there are zero, zilch, zip calories in this bread. So, make it today, because tomorrow, the calories will be back in!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
 (Courtesy of Paula Deen)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. orange zest
Whipped cream for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (2) 9 by 5 inch loaf pans. 
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices, and baking soda.
In large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips, and orange zest. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream!! 

One bite of this will have you exclaiming "Yum!" (Opps, that was yesterday's word.) One bite of this will have you exclaiming "Zippety Do Dah!!"


  1. I would love some with my morning coffee. Great recipe. Kudos to achieving the A-Z Challenge. Oh, and your secret? It's safe with me! ;-)

  2. Now that is one fantastic Z and great finish! Thanks for sharing!

    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

  3. Mmmm sounds delish! April went fast for me with all that blogging! I agree zest now rest :O)

  4. Darlene, this is a delightful post and the recipe looks scrumptious. Congrats and so glad I met you.

  5. Well done!!! Looks like a great recipe. Zippity do da~~~ why didn't I think of that for today's post?! I love that word...oh no now I'll be singing that song all day...Its quite catchy. Blessings, Joanne

  6. That looks delicious. Might try this one on the boys - sans the chocolate chips....

  7. Looks delicious and congrats for making it through the challenge!

  8. WELL DONE on successfully completing this mammoth challenge!

  9. Darlene, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

  10. This is the second Zucchini Bread recipe I've read today. Yours sounds yummier. More sugar AND chocolate chips?? Count me in!

    Congrats on surviving the challenge! We did it!

  11. Firstly well done on making such a fine job of this challenge. i would have faile dmiserably.
    Secondly, huge thanks for the recipe. I now have a way to get back into Hubby's good books. I'll put my pinafore on and get baking :)

  12. I would definitely have failed because I obviously can't type properly...should have put I would have failed miserably :(


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