This post is written by Dana Sue Hinkle, co-owner and founder of Creative QT and mom to five kiddos! Learn more about the Hinkle family and the heart behind Creative QT here.
So while Adam and I are living on our family farm currently, do not be fooled- we have black thumbs. We can’t keep plants alive. Seriously, keeping small humans alive on a daily basis is my goal. But nonetheless, every year we plant a garden in hopes that something might grow. Well, I have excellent news for anyone who is similar to us about lacking a green thumb- all you have to do is put these tiny seeds that weigh less than a half an ounce in a mound of dirt and a month or more later out come 89 pounds of zucchini! We have had zucchini coming out of our ears this summer, and I think that I am the only one that likes it sautéed and thrown over pasta. So we decided to bake with it….and YUM!
All five of our kiddos love to bake. Now don’t get me wrong, baking with a 3-year old, is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared for your kitchen to look like a bomb went off. But the PRIDE- oh’ the pride that they “helped make it” is so worth it. I am including our two-tried and true recipes for zucchini bread.
The first one if from our long time friend’s grandmother. The cinnamon sugar on top is key! My kids love this one (without the nuts, of course). But just this year, we gave zucchini away to another friend, only to have some of it come back to us in the form of a chocolate zucchini loaf. Oh’ my word! If you like brownies- this is the one for you. This recipe is DELICIOUS! I am probably lying to myself, thinking that it is healthier than a real brownie because it has green stuff in it, but I can eat it like it is going out of style.
And the beauty of both these recipes is that they can be frozen. I literally made 16 loaves the other week, and then I just slowly pull them out on Friday nights throughout the year, so that we can have a “coffee cake” on Saturday mornings.
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 2 cups grated zucchini (don't peel)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (my grandma accidentally wrote "baking power"....so you might want to put on your cape ;)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chopped nuts (we leave these out, but still put in the full amount (2 cups) of flour.)
- 2 TBLS of sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix eggs, sugar and oil and beat well. Stir in zucchini; sift dry ingredients together (hold 1/2 cup flour if adding nuts) -- add to zucchini mixture and stir well. Add vanilla.
- Mix reserved 1/2 cup flour with nuts.
- Add to batter and mix well. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8x4" pans.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes total (after 40 minutes take out of oven and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix over the top and put back in the oven until it is finished baking).
Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
This one came straight from good old Pinterest, here's the link. It is a MUST TRY!
Let us know if you give these recipes a try, we'd love to hear which one is your favorite!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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