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We really liked this, and our new neighbors (for whom we made it) agreed :). I used whole eggs and powdered buttermilk. I also cut down the sugar b/c we don't tend to like things as sweet as others--3/4 c of raw sugar was fine for us. I also pressed some chocolate chips into the bottom when this came out of the oven (so they would melt in) and next time I plan to put them in the pan before I add the batter so they will be like a topping. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is that I think it needs a little something else for texture, either chocolate chips or nuts. Thanks for a yummy recipe, though--it is absolutely a great way to get a chocolate fix and feel virtuous about eating veggies at the same time. It also tastes pretty good with red wine :). Thanks for posting!
Note: this batter turned out very thick. Texture is very nice, tasty, moist and cake-like. I made it in a bundt pan, but think it could pass for chocolate cake if made in cake pans (with shorter baking time). I used milk soured with vinegar in place of the buttermilk -- it might come out even more tender if buttermilk is used. I plan to try it. For a cake or quick bread, it has pretty good nutritional numbers, esp. fat content. I used Penzey's Dutch Process Cocoa, Double Vanilla, nutmeg and Vietnamese cinnamon. I think the good quality cocoa flavor really comes through, so I'd hesitate to use a lesser one.
This is a wonderful way to use up zucchini!! I used 1/2 sugar & 1/2 Splenda, and just used 1 tsp cinnamon (skipped all the other spices!). I used 2 medium sized loaf pans & baked for 40 min at 350. Remember to squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini b/f measuring it, and then adding it to the batter. I gave the loaves away, but they looked & smelled delicious! Thanks for sharing
Only three because 50 min was ridiculous!!!! I baked for 65 and it was still raw!!!! and I have a very reliable oven. Good tasting, though.
Attempted this with xylitol and it was not successful. Stick with sufgar or perhaps Splenda.
Excellent. I cut a slice while it was still hot (the smell was so inviting) and the flavors were perfect. Being on a diet this makes a great snack and fills that chocolate craving too. Will make this again for a pot luck party coming up and after my next run to the zucchini plants in the garden! Moist, flavorful and satisfying. Thank you Nado2003.
I liked this recipe. I made it in a 9x13 pan. I used eggbeaters and skim milk. The only thing I didn't like is I thought it was too much cloves for my palate. Otherwise it's a nice low calorie cake.
Wonderful, moist and chocolatey! I did make several changes including using cinnamon but cutting out the nutmeg and cloves. I wanted the chocolate flavor to come through without too many additional spices. Also, I used 1/4 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil. A little less healthy perhaps, but made a very tender and still lowfat bread/cake. I used the fine holes on my grater to shred the zucchini. This made the bread moist without any zucchini texture. Finally I sprinkled a bit of sugar in the bottom of the bundt after greasing it to give it a bit of a crunchy-sugary top.