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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It seems like every time I grocery shop, a zucchini or three lands in my cart. No matter what time of the year, it happens magically. Some weeks, I’ll grill it, toss it in a stir fry, or shred it and add it to my morning oats. This time of year is when our garden starts to produce mega loads of zucchini so there’s no need to buy it in the store. Our bumper crop gives us plenty!

A favorite sweet treat of mine has always been zucchini bread. It’s one of those quick breads that brings back the memories of my childhood. My mom would always make it during the summer with zucchini fresh from our garden. I was always super picky as a kid so I never actually ate zucchini. That is unless it was in zucchini bread. The “green stuff” in it didn’t even bother me. It just tasted freakin’ good! I think my taste buds went into overdrive the first time she made a chocolate version. Chocolate and vegetables? Now that’s a simply marvelous way to eat vegetables!

My tastes have changed quite a bit since then. I don’t need to sweeten up my veggies to eat them. In fact, I’d rather let the natural sweetness and flavor come through.

But I still will not pass up chocolate and vegetables.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry as much as possible
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray pans lightly with cooking spray/oil or line with parchment paper. I used two mini loaf pans.
  3. Shred zucchini and place in a colander with paper towels. Squeeze it till most of the moisture is gone. Set aside.
  4. Combine eggs, honey applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and almond flour.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  7. Stir in shredded zucchini.
  8. Pour into prepared pans.
  9. Place in oven and cook 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting or trying to remove from pan.

Here’s a few more zucchini recipes that you might be interested in:

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup

Zucchini Muffins

Vegan Zucchini Lemon Cookies

What’s your favorite quick bread?

Cherry Almond Granola Bars + Meal Planning

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s out there!

Grandpa and kiddos - happyfitmama.com(Pic from my parents visit almost 2 years ago. It’s one of my favorites.)

I won’t get to see my dad in person today but hopefully we’ll be able to Facetime at least.

In our house, we are celebrating with me running a 5k (Happy Father’s Day to me! haha!). I’m not sure how well it’s going to go since Mr. L shared his cold with me. I was hoping to have a redemption race after spacing out at last month’s 5K. Fingers crossed I make a speedy recovery and will be able to run fast!

After the race, we will be doing whatever Ron wants. I’m sure they’ll be some outdoor fun time followed by dinner out, his choice of course.

Since Ron loves dried cherries, I thought I’d share an easy granola bar recipe that dads and the whole family will love.

I mean, really, who doesn’t love a good old fashioned granola bar?

This one is so easy to make with ingredients I’m sure you have in your pantry right now. It’s versatile and adaptable.

Don’t like dried cherries? Add a different dried fruit.

No almond butter? Use any nut or seed butter of your choice.

Want chocolate? Add in chocolate chips.

The possibilities are endless!

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Cherry Almond Granola Bars
  • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 2 Tbsp chia seed
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • ½ cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  1. Line an 11x7 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, mix oats, coconut and chia seeds. Set aside.
  3. In separate microwavable bowl, mix almond butter, honey and vanilla.
  4. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir till smooth.
  5. Pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture.
  6. Stir till combined.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Press and smooth evenly.
  8. Place pan in the refrigerator for 1- 2 hours to harden.
  9. Slice into bars and enjoy!


So what’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Dinner out for Father’s Day

Monday: Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches + sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Baked cod and massaged kale

Wednesday: Chicken + Veggie Stir fry

Thursday: Black Bean Burgers + green salad

Friday: Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Saturday: 4th birthday dinner!

What are you having for dinner this week?