Walnut Raisin Zucchini Bread

July 31, 2010 at 9:13 am 6 comments

Apparently, I never got the memo that you are supposed to SLEEP IN on Saturday mornings.  I had been awake for  a good 20 minutes already when I spotted the time on my clock…

Yes, this time occurs TWICE a day

I woke up content but work was on my mind, so of course it began to reel off a list of tasks I need to remember to do.  I just forfeited the idea of sleeping any longer and decided to face the day.  The sun hadn’t even risen yet!  The days are already getting shorter, which is actually appealing to me this year…

I decided to have some blueberries and cottage cheese for breakfast to tide me over…

Pre-dawn photography:  Kind of sucks

So that I could make some zucchini bread!  Check out the size of this monster:

More like the size of an eggplant…or Sasquatch.

My recipe called for 1 cup of grated zucchini which ended up taking only about 1/3rd of this guy.  What to do with the rest?  I am thinking chili for dinner…

I had a hard time finding a healthy recipe for zucchini bread so I decided to take the highest rated one from http://www.allrecipes.com and then amend it to make it healthier.  Next time, I would substitute 1/4 of the oil for applesauce.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand.  What kind of healthy baker do I think I am with no applesauce on hand?

Walnut Raisin Zucchini Bread

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg or 2 small eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 325 F and grease a loaf pan (or use a silicone one which requires no greasing!)

2.  Combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

3.  Beat the egg(s), oil, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just mixed.

4.  Stir in the zucchini, raisins, and walnuts.  Pour mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

5.  Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan.  Cut a slice (or two!) and serve with a steaming cup of hot coffee.

Verdict?  DELICIOUS.  It had a crispy outer layer but was soft and moist on the inside.  I loved the walnuts and raisins in it, too.  In a couple of days’ time, this will be good warmed in the toaster oven and smeared with nut butter!

After baking, I also watched Bright Star.  So much accomplished all before 9:00 am!  Of course, I will be ready for bed around 7 pm tonight.  How to spend the rest of the day?  I have no idea.  Looks like a beautiful one out there, though…

HAPPY CATURDAY!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heather (Perspective Is Everything)  |  July 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

    oh my-zucchini bread! it’s finally not blazing hot here, so i’ll be able to use the oven without baking the whole inside of the house 🙂
    someone just gave me a zucchini yesterday, too, so i know what i’ll be doing today!

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  • 3. Britta  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:31 am

    omg. heaven

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  • 5. Allison  |  August 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    How many weeks pregnant are you now? You might be starting the pregnancy-induced insomnia! Oh joy. I never really got it but I know lots of women who have. There were a couple of times that I would wake up really early and have trouble falling back asleep though. I’m pretty sure it’s your body’s way of preparing for the new life that will be awake every 2 hours!

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    • 6. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

      i am 26 weeks, 2 days pregnant. i have heard horrible things about pregnancy-induced insomnia and i want no part of it! 😉 last night i went to bed at the godawful time of 2:30 am and woke up around 8:30. 6 hours is just enough to get me through the day, but hopefully i sleep long and hard tonight! (dirty).

      Reply

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