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Superfood Zucchini Bread

Warm up the oven ‘cos this superbread will have you bakin’ up a storm. Using zucchini as a nutritional base, this delicious loaf is sugar-free with dates and maple syrup for sweetness, and flax, chia and hemp seeds for superfood power.
Superfood Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 190g (1¼ cup) whole wheat pastry flour (or gluten-free all-purpose blend)
  • 25g (¾ cup) finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 55g (1/3 cup) ground flaxseed powder
  • 40g (1/3 cup) hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  •  2 tsp baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  •  60ml (¼ cup) coconut oil, melted
  •  120ml (½ cup) maple syrup
  •  120ml (½ cup) Califia Farms Unsweetened Almondmilk
  • 315g ( 1¼ cup) finely shredded zucchini
  • 135g ( ¾ cup) Deglect Noor dates, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350° F/Gas 4. Lightly spray a 1.5-quart loaf pan with cooking spray, and line with a strip of parchment paper, allowing an overhang of paper on either side to make a sling.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, flaxseed powder, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, chia seeds, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond milk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until just incorporated – do not over-mix.
  4. Gently fold in the zucchini and dates, distributing the ingredients into the batter using as few strokes as possible.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing out the top into a flat layer. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  6. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then use the parchment flaps to easily remove it from the pan and place it onto a baking rack to cool completely. Cut into thick slices to serve.

If storing, wrap the loaf tightly in plastic and store in a cool, dark place at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Recipe and Images Courtesy of Califia Farms

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