Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread - The perfect breakfast/snack recipe for all that beautiful summer zucchini.
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A friend of mine recently let me know that a friend of hers opened a bakery nearby. This excites me because there are no good bakeries in my town. I have to drive a few towns over to get something that is bakery quality and this girl loves herself some fresh baked goods! This one is not exactly in my town but it's one town over and less than 10 minutes from my house; close enough.
After my son's swim lesson the other day we hopped in the car and visited the new bakery. My son had his eye on a chocolate muffin but when he asked for it the woman behind the counter said "sure, that's a double chocolate zucchini muffin". He immediately cringed and changed his mind. I told him I would order it for me, he could try it and if he didn't like it I would allow him to order something else. He reluctantly took a bite and then ripped that thing from my hands and devoured it before I had a chance to even pay for the thing. He loved it! He loved it so much he asked me to make them at home.
A few days later he reminded me that I hadn't yet made his muffins and added "oh and I saw some bananas getting brown in the pantry, can you make me banana bread too?". Ding, Ding, idea! I tell him my idea of combining the two and making a chocolate banana zucchini bread and he was over the moon. I get out my mixer and start putting the batter together and uh oh, NO COCOA POWDER! Whaaa! I couldn't stop, the kid was waiting, not so patiently in the other room for his bread. After a quick search of the pantry all I came up with were a bag of chocolate chips. It was a hard sell but he finally got on board with me.
The recipe made two loaves so I wrapped one and popped it in the freezer and we sliced up the other one and ate it right away. Josh couldn't get enough! He ate a slice for breakfast then again for snack later in the day. While it's not exactly healthy, I feel better about him eating something that has fruit and veggies in it rather than a processed snack cake.
I actually wasn't even going to post this recipe. I wasn't sure it was something people would be interested in but a few days after baking these loaves a friend was posting pictures of her home grown zucchini on Facebook and I mentioned that I had just made Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread and she asked for the recipe. I printed it out for her and she really enjoyed it. Another friend stopped over for a visit and I gave her a slice of loaf #2 and she loved it and asked for the recipe. Since then I've had quite a few people ask for it, so for all of you who wanted it, here it is! Enjoy!
Recipe Note: I use my food processor (w/ a grating disc) to grate the zucchini. You can also use a box grater if a food processor isn't available.
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