Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I'll admit...this post is a bit stale.  I promise you, though, that the Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe below is ANYTHING but stale.  But before we dig into the goods, I want to share a little snippet of Easter with my family.  

A brunch celebration was back by popular demand, and we gathered at my aunt's house after church.  One of the hits of the spread was homemade waffles.  True to form, my mom whipped up some heart healthy batter (click here for the recipe), but also kept the old standby that "would make Paula Dean proud".

My mom, maker of waffle batter, heart health champion

My contribution to brunch was a dark chocolate chip zucchini bread. I cannot take credit for developping this recipe.  The original belongs to Gina at Skinnytaste.com.  I did, however, modify it just a bit to suit my needs--by eliminating the butter and substituting eggs whites for whole eggs, I was able to make it a bit more virtuous and still maintain the flavor and texture.  Give it a try, let me know what you think!


CHOCOLATE CHIP ZUCCHINI BREAD

(slightly modified from Skinnytaste.com)

You will need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1-1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini (do not finely shred, doing so will make your bread a swampy mess that no one likes)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add chocolate chips to the dry ingredient mixture and stir
  • Mix the egg whites, vanilla, apple sauce and zucchini. 
  • Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. 
  • Pour batter into a loaf pan (I used 9'' by 5 '')
  • Bake at 325 for 45-55 minutes

My favorite part of Easter brunch wasn't the zucchini bread or the waffles...it was spending time with Karsyn, my little (second) cousin.  At only a couple of months old, she snoozed through the entire brunch engulfed in her taffeta dress. What a little sweetheart!

Adorbable!

"Don't take my picture" - Momma & baby

New cousin!

Easter colors

After brunch, we lingered out on the deck, soaking up the sun and shooting the breeze.  If only there were more days like this.