Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Everything for this decadent and veggie packed quick bread can be done in the food processor - no bowl washing required! Adapted from http://thehungryartist.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/monthly-lego-build-and-double-chocolate-zucchini-bread-with-secret-ingredient/
- 1 cup about 1 oz fresh spinach, cooked
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ripe banana
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1⁄3 cup demerara sugar
- 150 g dessert style tofu (I used Sunrise Soya Custard Flavour)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder (optional but nummy!)
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 3⁄4 cup barley flour
- 3⁄4 cup oat flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 medium zucchini, shredded
- 1⁄3 cup large chocolate chips
- 1⁄3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8x5" loaf pan.
- In a food processor, puree the spinach, oil, banana, applesauce, sugar, tofu and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the salt, cinnamon, chili powder and cocoa and puree until smooth.
- Pulse in the flours, baking soda and baking powder until just combined, then pulse in the zucchini, chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds.
- Scrape into the loaf pan and smooth the top.
- Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until it tests done.
- Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then unmould onto a wire rack.
Although I'm a skilled and experienced cook, this recipe is far too complicated for the average cook's pantry - even mine (and I thought I had everything in my larder). I wouldn't buy many of the ingredients just to give this one a try.