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Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf

Nicoletta November 15, 2018

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf, a delicious chocolate bread with “healthier” ingredients such as shredded zucchini, extra virgin olive oil, coconut crystals, dark chocolate, and spelt flour. Great at breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, and after dinner sweet treat.

Song of the day: Paradise by George Ezra.

Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

What is always present in our pantry? Dark chocolate bars. Good ones, organic mostly, fair trade sometimes, with at least 70 % cacao and up. There’s nothing that chocolate can’t solve. Whenever I feel sluggish, down, sad, or peckish, I reach for a piece of dark chocolate and that can help save the day.

 

 

We have a very good recipe for a double chocolate zucchini cake, one that I make every year at the end of Summer when the abundant zucchini crop just begs to be utilized in a myriad of recipes.

This year the garden produced even more zucchini, and after having our fair share fresh, some were shredded and stored in the freezer for later use.

Time has come to use a bag of frozen shredded zucchini

The bigger zucchini are the ones I like to shred and save for cakes, loaves, and muffins. Not that the small ones wouldn’t be as good, but we like to save them for savory dishes. I measure 2 cups of shredded zucchini and into a freezer bag they go. When I need them, like in the case of this Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf I just have to take one bag out the freezer, let it thaw and squeeze out the excess moisture (do not squeeze too much, though, you need some of that moisture).

Zucchini in a cake?

Together with pumpkin, the use of zucchini in baked goods is something I learned since I came to Canada. Before, if you had asked me, I would have probably laughed at you. I am liking this cultural exchange, some of my Italian learnings pour into my new Canadian life and vice versa.

Inspiration

I got the inspiration for a double chocolate zucchini loaf, or bread, from a fellow Canadian food blogger, Renée Kohlman, and her wonderful cookbook “All The Sweet Things” which recently won the Taste Canada Awards for single-subject cookbooks.

I adapted her recipe and added my own touches, using ingredients like spelt flour, olive oil, coconut crystals, that you can recognize as being part of the ingredients I use the most in my baking.

Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

The result was a wholesome zucchini bread with an inner delicious self. Moist and chocolatey, it screams decadent while being of the healthier kind. The zucchini just disappears and only provide softness, moistness, and some lovely green speckles throughout.

If you have yet to try baking with spelt flour, maybe this Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf might be the recipe you need to take the leap. I substitute spelt flour 100 % for the all-purpose and it does not affect the proportions of the other ingredients. Although spelt flour descends from wheat and it is not a gluten-free flour, it is digestible for people with a sensitivity to gluten.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf

We like a slice of this loaf at breakfast with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee, in the afternoon with tea or coffee, and after dinner with a glass of milk (that’s a picture of my husband, right there, lol). Loreto describes its flavor as rich and luxurious yet not too sweet to make his teeth chatter. He said he reminded him of a cake that a next door neighbor used to make when he was a child, very moist and rich in that healthy chocolate flavor.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Song of the day: Paradise by George Ezra.

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Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf cake
  • Category: Breakfast, Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International

Description

Double Chocolate Zucchini Spelt Loaf, a delicious chocolate bread with “healthier” ingredients such as shredded zucchini, extra virgin olive oil, coconut crystals, dark chocolate, and spelt flour. Great at breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, and after dinner sweet treat.

Recipe adapted from the cookbook “All the Sweet Things” by Renée Kohlman.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped (I used 85% cacao)
  • 2 eggs, organic, free-range, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut crystals
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180°C). Lightly butter a loaf pan, then line with parchment paper overhanging the sides (so it’s easier to remove the loaf once cooked). Lightly butter the parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl add the spelt flour, then sift in the cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, salt. Stir in the chopped dark chocolate.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the grated zucchini and stir. Pour this mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let the loaf cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool completely on the rack.

Notes

  1. Store the double chocolate zucchini loaf in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.
  2. At the end of the Summer, I shredded our homegrown zucchini, and stored them in the freezer in 2-cup portions, ready to be used in soups or baked goods. I took one portion (2 cups) out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature. When thawed, I just squeezed it a bit in a clean cloth to remove part of the moisture and used it in the recipe.

Double chocolate zucchini spelt loaf

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sabrina November 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I just started using spelt flour which I now love. What a great recipe and one to have on repeat during zucchini season, thanks!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 16, 2018 at 10:39 am

      I love spelt flour! So happy you love it, too! You’ll find many recipes here that use spelt flour. This loaf is so decadent and delicious while being a wholesome loaf.

  • Reply Natalie November 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Looks so delicious and moist! I love chocolate zucchini loaves!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 18, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Thank you! It is truly delicious. Rich and moist, yet not too bad for you.

  • Reply Maria from She Loves Biscotti November 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I love the creativity behind this recipe.We are so fortunate to have so much inspiration all around us! This looks like a perfect loaf! Thanks for sharing Nicoletta ♥

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 18, 2018 at 9:17 am

      So true! Inspiration is all around us, we just have to keep our eyes – and senses- open to the new and unknown. Thank you, Maria!

  • Reply Helen December 5, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I’m going to try this with beets (chocolate/ beet combos are very popular in Great Britain btw)

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Helen! I know, chocolate beet cake is very popular in Canada as well. I have one on the blog, but is flourless. You can try this loaf with beets, let me know how it goes!

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