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“Skinnier” Zucchini Bread with Vegan Options

No animals were harmed in the baking of this bread. Was tested on a 6 pound peekapoo, who survived and wanted more.

Zucchini Bread… with vegan options. How to make this diabetic smile 🙂

Ingredients

2 beaten eggs (vegan=2 egg equivelant of Ener-G)
4/5 cup agave nectar (guestimate 2/3c + 1/4c)
2 teaspoons vanilla, REAL VANILLA. Imitation is crap.
3 cups grated zucchini. Ring the grated zucchini out in a cheese cloth or strainer.
2/3 cup melted butter (vegan=2/3c Earth Balance)
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups minus 5 TB whole white wheat flour (pastry flour will be lighter than all purpose, but bread flour or all purpose will work)
3 TB FRESHLY ground flax seeds, NOT the already milled stuff. The oils in the milled flax is no where as beneficial as the fresh. I prefer golden flax.
2 TB Wheat Germ
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch of unrefined fine sea salt
*if you want to be naughty (non diabetic/vegan friendly), add a 1/2c of white chocolate chips. I don’t believe nuts belong in bread but if you do, walnuts or pecans will work, just don’t serve it to me. I do like to add toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or any other goodness you have hanging out in your pantry.
*you can also go crazy and add organic rolled oats, oat bran, etc. Just grind the oats first, and for every tablespoon of extra oats or bran added, take away a TB of flour.

Preheat the oven to 325°F . Mix together: agave nectar, eggs, & vanilla. Then mix in the zucchini and melted butter. Sift baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seeds, wheat germ, and flour, then add a cup at a time. Fold in the naughty goodness (white choco chips…mmm).
Divide the batter equally between 2 non-stick sprayed loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be sure not to overcook. Who likes dry zucchini bread? Yuck.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then carefully put loaves onto wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 2 loaves (one for you and one for me).

If you left out the naughty add-ins, slice & toast in the morning for a fiber and healthy breakfast (and if you aren’t vegetarian, a side of bacon works well). Heck, if you added in the naughty goodness, slice & toast in the morning for a slightly sweet and fiberlicious breakfast.

**Note: Eating an entire loaf at a time does not qualify for skinny OR healthy. Moderation people, moderation.

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