Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Reposting in honor of my beloved Zucchini ( and the fact I made some more healthy suggestions)


This is without a doubt one of my most favorite things to eat in the entire world. I just love this stuff. I have to be sure to have lots of people to share it with or I will eat it all myself. It is really a sad state of affairs to admit such a lack of self- control but it is what it is. This cake is just so moist and yummy. And yes, I use wheat flour! The fact that it has something green in it helps justify in my mind the enormous portions I consume.

A warning: If you have picky eaters like I do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT let them see you put the zucchini in! Last summer my pickies devoured this stuff. This summer I made the mistake of telling them about the zucchini. Two kids would not even try it! Of course that meant there was more for me. But as you now know, that is not a good thing.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup oil (I prefer coconut oil)

1 3/4 cup sugar ( I prefer Coconut sugar)

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour milk (if you don't know your cow personally, mix 1/2 cup Almond milk with 2 teaspoons lemon juice and let stand for 10 minutes- it works)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sifted flour (I really do use all white winter wheat but you can substitute with part white flour if you scared--but you shouldn't be)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp salt

4 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder

2 1/2 cup grated zucchini

1/4 cup ground walnuts or pecans

1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips ( I prefer dark)

What you do:

1. cream butter, oil, and sugar

2. add eggs, milk, and vanilla

3. In a separate bowl-sift together dry ingredients

4. blend dry ingredients into butter mix

5. add zucchini and mix well

6. spread in a 9 x 13 pan (greased and floured) sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips

7. Cook in a preheated 325 oven for 45 minutes-55minutes until toothpick comes out clean

The trick to this cake requires some degree of self-control. You have to wait to eat it until the next day (or at least a few hours). For this exercise in delayed gratification you will be rewarded. The cake will taste twice as good- I promise.

 Enjoy the harvests of summer.

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cake

I just created something beautiful. Well, okay maybe not much to look at but beautiful to the taste buds. And it is a great way to use up leftover oatmeal (which we always seem to have plenty of around here).

One of my sons may have a peanut allergy and so my usual use for leftover oatmeal, Peanut Butter Bars, seemed kind of mean to make today. He was starving!  So a quick search on the Internet turned up a recipe that I can't link because it was in a super long thread. But I changed it a ton anyway including cutting the sugar in half.

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cake

Cream Together:

1/2 C Coconut Oil*
1 C Coconut Sugar**
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla

Add in and beat:
1 Overripe Banana
2 C leftover cooked oatmeal
1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

In a separate bowl, stir together:

1 1/2 C whole wheat flour (use white winter wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

Beat the cream mixture and flour mixture together. Then add:

1/2 to 1 C dark chocolate chips

Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan and cook for 30- 40 minutes at 350 degrees until done.

My kids all agreed this is a definite keeper. Even my peanut hating son (also known as the "Pickiest Eater on the Planet") loved this cake!

*Great news! Costco is now selling Virgin Coconut Oil at a lot more affordable price than what I could find online anywhere else!

** Not sure where to find Coconut Sugar? I buy mine at Amazon. This is the brand I currently use- Madhava Organic Blonde Coconut Sugar and I love it. I have also found coconut sugar at Whole Foods Market, Sunflower Market, and The Good Earth. Look at your local health food store.

And of course you can substitute other sugars or oils in this recipe, but I am sold on the benefits of coconut!