Healthy Chocolate Spelt Zucchini Cake


After visiting family friends who own and run Sapo Bravo Farm (Organic Fruits & Veggies) in Lytton, BC, I came home with A LOT of Zucchini

 

I decided to finally make a zucchini loaf/cake! It was delicious, simple and healthy! Here is the great recipe!

 

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I tweaked the recipe I found from Anja’s Food for Thought. I decided to add some additional flavours! I added fresh raspberries (from our bush), chocolate chips, some ground coffee (with coffee beans decoration), yogurt, and hemp seeds.

 

Ingredients:

1 & 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp (Himalayan, as always!)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil (I used Avococado Oil. Would have used Coconut if I had not run out)
1 & 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
1/2 cup fresh Raspberries (frozen ones patted if they are very wet/icy)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (most of mine were put on top)
A handful of coffee beans, ground up. Then some on top for decor!

 

This makes 1 awesome, healthy loaf!

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Directions:
> Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line a loaf pan. I used parchment paper.

> In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder.

> In another bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in yogurt, syrup & oil

> Combine wet  with dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in grated zucchinis, raspberries, chocolate chips, walnuts and any other flavours you wanted to add.

> Pour/Ladle batter into loaf tin and bake for 45 Minutes – 1 hour (or longer). This depends on how “wet” your zucchini was. Use a tooth pick to check – it should come out clean. My loaf took close to 1 hour 10 minutes, as my organic farm zucchini were very fresh and moist.

> When loaf is baked, let it cool. Then you are ready for a “treat”. It’s so healthy, you can have 2 slices 😉

 

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Some other flavour ideas I had were:

> Maple Coffee

> Carrot & Zucchini (w/ cream cheese icing, of course)

> Coconut Lime

> Earl Grey

> Cardamom Pecan

> Walnut Chai

 

Zucchini is a great, neutral base for just about any flavour combination! Which flavour would you choose?

 

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