Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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Do you ever find yourself with a surplus of a specific food? And then trying so many different ways to use it cause you don’t want it to go to waste? Recently, I have somehow managed to keep acquiring zucchini. I don’t really mind cause zucchini is so versatile and there are many different things you can make with it. Sometimes, I will throw it in tomato sauce for my pasta to add some extra flavor and texture. Other times a simple saute in olive oil with some salt and pepper does the trick. It is also great in eggs, or shredded and thrown into pancakes. Mixing shredded zucchini into pancake batter is actually one of my 2 year olds favorite cooking tasks. And it is a great way to get her to eat some extra veggies too!

healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Making gluten free zucchini bread is another great way to use up zucchini. And you can totally make more than one at the same time (if you have multiple pans) and freeze for later. When looking for a good recipe online, to use my surplus of zucchinis, I noticed a lot of zucchini bread recipes used a ton of sugar. While I like my gluten free zucchini bread to be a little sweet, I don’t want it to be a super sweet dessert. So I ended up taking my Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe and changed it up to make my gluten free zucchini bread. The first try wasn’t what I wanted (too sweet and over baked) but the second try hit the spot.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Full Fat or 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (plus a few extra for sprinkling on top

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Add flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir until uniform. Add wet ingredients (zucchini, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract) and mix together. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top if desired. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile but we recently had to move fairly quickly so the past couple weeks have been occupied by finding a new place to live, packing, and then unpacking and settling in. Moving can be so stressful! Now that we are actually settled in, I should be posting regularly again.

I love plantains. I didn’t grow up eating them and I’m not sure if I had even ever tried one before I moved down here to south Florida, but I really enjoy eating them now. Because I don’t eat corn, or wheat (due to GI issues), I like to use plantain chips instead of tortilla chips as dippers for guacamole or salsa. However, store brand versions are not always the best choice, and are often deep fried, so I like to bake my own with heart healthy oil. I can also easily change up the flavors by adding my favorite spices.

Plantains are rich in potassium, which is very important for your heart. Studies have shown that potassium can even help to reduce blood pressure in those with hypertension. 1/2 of a medium plantain contains almost 450 mg of potassium, which is equivalent to about 1 cup of orange juice.

Sliced Plantain

Baked Plantain Chips

Ingredients:
1 Green Plantain
1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Paprika

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Cut off each end of the plantain and cut a seam down the middle through just the skin so you can easily peel the skin off.  Cut thin oblong slices. Place slices in a bowl with olive oil. Toss to coat. Add cumin and paprika and toss until evenly distributed. Lay on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, flipping halfway.

Baked Plantain Chips

Serves 2
Nutrition Info Per Serving
Calories: 140
Carbohydrates: 28.5 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Fat: 3.5 grams
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