Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread

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Recipe Overview

The Game Plan

How Long it Will Take with Kid Chefs

  • 1 hour 35 minutes total (30 active, 65 minutes bake time)

Recipe Yield

  • Makes 1 loaf in a 9” X 5” pan

  • Serves 8

Suggested Serving Size

  • 1 slice per person (cut the slice to be about 1” thick)

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Grown-Up Tips

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Grown-up Pro Tips

  • To make this go faster when your kiddo’s in the kitchen, consider shredding the zucchini ahead of time. But no worries if you don’t (kids enjoy this step!). You can also buy spiralized fresh zucchini at the grocery store (sometimes called “zoodles”)

  • It’s fastest to shred the zucchini with a food processor, but no problem if you don’t have one! An old fashioned box grater works great, as does a new fashioned spiralizer.

  • If you can’t find dark chocolate chips, no problem. Buy 6 oz. of dark chocolate bars, put them in a freezer bag, and break them apart with a rolling pin, the flat size of a meat tenderizer, or a kid’s toy hammer.

  • You can store the zucchini bread tightly wrapped at room temperature for 2 days. Or, you can freeze it and reheat it in the microwave to make it last longer (put plastic wrap or wax paper in between slices so you can reheat individual slices).

This recipe is dietician approved!

Did you know that you can drastically cut down on the amount of sugar in common baked goods by using substitutes like extra ripe bananas and/or applesauce?

The sugars in fruit are naturally occuring and thus aren’t considered “added sugars” in the diet or recipes like this one. When you allow fruits, like bananas, to ripen and brown, their starches breakdown in a way that make them extra sweet. This means that even though they make baked goods like this bread taste sweeter, you get to tack eating them onto your fruit intake for the day instead of discretionary calories of foods with added sugars. Such simple sugar swaps can make baked goods a healthier option for breakfasts, snacks, or before bed!
— Ashley Smith, RD
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Dietary Needs and Substitutions

Recipe as Written

**Dairy-Free if dark chocolate chips do not contain dairy. Check the label.

Recipe can be made

To make Vegan and Egg-free:

  • Replace eggs with flaxseed eggs:

    • Instead of 3 eggs, use 3 Tbsp. of flaxseeds and ½ cup of water.

    • You'll need to grind the flaxseeds into a fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder (or use 2 ½ Tbsp. flaxseed meal).

    • Then you whisk flaxseeds in the water until it becomes gelatinous.

To make Vegan:

  • Besides the flaxseed eggs, check that dark chocolate chips do not contain dairy.

To make Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free:

  • Replace the all purpose flour and whole wheat flour with 2 cups of a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend.

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