I mentioned that we have boatloads of zucchini this summer and that Little Smith isn't so sure about it... well in a late summer twist he has decided that he actually likes it (especially cut into matchsticks and stir-fried), but I am really really over zucchini! It has started piling up in the fridge with hopes that I'll pickle it or something. I'm trying to use up that zucchini in just about everything that I make these days.
I love to bake muffins and quick breads and I started playing with this recipe about a year ago when Little Smith went on a (mercifully brief) strike from eating almost everything except carbs. It was a frustrating time and I wanted to get some veggies in him so this bread (and it also makes great muffins) was our staple. Back then I cut way back on the sugar until it was almost inedible because he was eating so much of it... but now that we all eat a variety food, I put the sugar back because it really does taste so much better. The banana makes it extra moist and sweet. So fast and so yummy.
Zucchini Carrot Bread with Banana:
- 2 c flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 tbs melted butter
- 1 large banana, mashed
- 1 1/4 c grated carrots
- 1 c (can go a bit more) grated zucchini
Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a large bowl beat together the eggs, sugars, mashed banana, and melted butter.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet in three parts, stirring after each addition just to combine. Fold in the grated carrots and zucchini.
Pour the batter into the pan and tap to spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool for a few minutes then turn out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.
This stuff goes fast in our house, it's perfect for breakfast, dessert, and snacks. Little Smith loves it so much and calls it cake... er actually 'cah'.
I'm thinking that I'm going to make a few more loaves tomorrow to bring as a hostess gift for a little trip we're taking this week-end with my family. I need to do something with that zucchini!
I think breakfast treats are the perfect gift and this bread does keep reasonably well wrapped tightly in saran wrap or foil. Sweet, tasty, and a little veggie in there for your conscience too!