I am pissed off for no reason other than that it’s time of the month . This happens to us ladies once per month. No, no one has done anything to me. I am just pissy. The man keeps asking what he did. Poor thing. If only men could understand what it feels like to just be moody ….crave chocolate… and cry for no reason.
I want chocolate. I want butter. I do not want to work out.
I have the desire to eat that entire $2.00 bag of mini Reese’s cups hidden in the back of the pantry .That bag I never should have bought at Big Lots a week ago.But it was on sale. And I love Reese’s even if I only eat them a couple times per year. Sigh.
I decided to resist that temptation for a healthy, wholesome, yet decadent tread: Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
The word “zucchini” is misleading, because, friends, you will not even know it hides in the folds of the dark, creamy batter.Promise. I have tested it on numerous non-health-food-eating friends in the last month, and everyone says the same thing,
“MMM…That is good. So rich. What is that..that flavor?I can’t place it?”
It’s actually NOT the zucchini you taste when you bite into the moist, rich, warm chocolatey goodness, but just a hint of allspice.
This loaf holds up incredibly well for days because e it becomes more moist the day after you bake it, and is the perfect treat to bring to your neighbor’s house, your coworkers’ party, or you can slather a thick layer of almond butter on top and eat standing up in your kitchen when you come home starving from work.( Not that I have done that.)
Your friends will think they are eating an unhealthy chocolate loaf, when in reality they will be eating mostly superfoods like coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder, almond butter, zucchini, and whole grains.
You can’t beat that.
Numerous studies show that people think foods taste worse if they are healthy or vegan. In a recent study, a group of people was given different energy bars and asked to rate flavor between them.
They were first given a Powerbar, the chocolatey kind that tastes like a Snickers, and told it was just an energy bar. They were then given another bar, and told it was a vegan energy bar.
They rated the vegan bar as having a funky taste. Except…… THE VEGAN BAR WAS SECRETLY THE SAME!
PERCEPTION about health foods can easily become your reality. It just goes to show, you don’t need to tell anyone this bread is healthy or includes zucchini.
It will be our secret.
All that your health-food- hating friends or husbands or boyfriends will notice about this bread is how flavorful and decadent it tastes, not the list of , gasp, “healthy” ingredients.
And with that, I guess I will pick myself up off this chair and head for workout # 2 today. This 90 -day challenge will be the death of me. The man is just behind me by 5 points. I can’t miss a workout this week!
To Your Health,
Chocolate Zucchini Bread (PMS Bread)
||1 hour, 45 minutes|
Egg, Tree Nuts
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1.5 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Almond Butter, creamy
- 4 tablespoons butter, preferably organic or grassfed
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar in the raw or sucanat
- 2 eggs, large
- 1/2 cup water
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- 4 cups zucchini, grated finely
- 1 teaspoon allspice
|Combine and whisk together all the dry ingredients except chocolate chips and zucchini. |
|Beat the honey, sugar, butter, coconut oil, and almond butter well until combined and foamy. Beat in 1 egg at a time.Add vanilla. |
|Stir dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and beat until just combined. |
|Stir in zucchini and chocolate with a large spoon carefully. |
|Bake at 350 degrees in a large loaf pan for 45 minutes or until center is not liquidy. Test with toothpick in center for doneness. Can be made in 2 medium loaf pans, as well, as this makes around 15 servings. |
|Slather with almond butter and eat warm out of the oven! |