Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Zucchini Bread

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I should start this post by mentioning that I am exceptionally wary of squashes and zucchini. So when Andy proudly came home admonishing 3 very large zucchini given to him by a farming neighbour, I was less than thrilled. They took up precious space in our rather small refrigerator, and I had no idea what to do with them. Andy, as usual, wanted soups and stews, but as it has been 90 degrees here for the last 3 weeks, I wasn't about to let that happen. Our kitchen gets boiling hot if you so much as look at our oven.

Lucky for him, I suppose, he asked then for zucchini bread. My mum loves the stuff, naturally, and she was enthusiastic about me making it. So, with a (very brief) break in the weather that brought us into the low sixties, I turned the oven on, found a non-vegan recipe for zucchini bread, and went to work.

Lucky for you, then, here is the most delicious thing I have ever made with zucchini. (It's a pretty short list, though.)

3 cups AP flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 banana, mashed*
1 c canola oil
2  c white sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 c grated zucchini
1 c chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and lightly oil two loaf pans. 

Sift all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, in order given, from flour to nutmeg. In a separate (and larger) bowl, mash your bananas, and cream them together with the sugars. Add in the oil, and whisk in the vanilla. Using a large cheese grater with a plate or cup underneath (although I heartily recommend OXO's grater with the measuring cup/tupperware add-on) grate your zucchini. 

Add your dry ingredients to the mashed banana and sugars in three batches, stirring until everything is homogeneous. Then,  Add in your grated zucchini, and finally, the walnuts. 

Using a measuring cup, add your batter to the greased loaf pans, making them equal in amount. Then, bake them for 50-70 minutes (depending on your oven - mine took about 65).

* You can, if you are a banana hater, sub in 1 c of unsweetened applesauce, or merely use an egg replacer. Try Bob's Red Mill or Ener-g, if you are in the market for that.

2 comments:

  1. Great loaf. I will say, I tweaked mine. I changed two cups of APF for whole wheat; omitted the sugar and added 1 1/3 cup of agave. Added 1/2 cup of flax seed meal. Turned out great!

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    1. Great idea-- I think we'll have to try that next time!

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