Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yummiest light zucchini bread

I have decided that I love pineapple the most out of each and every fruit out there. I craved it like mad with my last pregnancy and am still loving it after. I think it has magical powers to replace the taste of fat in recipes. Does that make sense at all? A week or so ago I did a search for a good zucchini bread recipe and found one on Prudence Pennywise' blog- I used Whole Wheat flour and followed the recipe almost exactly. My only change was that I added a handful of chocolate chips and I replaced half of the 1/3 cup of oil (already amazingly small amount for 2 loaves), with white bean puree. It was so incredible. My family ate and ate and ate and ate. I made it late one night and it was gone by mid morning the next day, 2 loaves!!! Here are some pictures I snapped before they were gobbled up!

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (20 ounce) can chunk pineapple
about 2/3 cup buttermilk (I used powdered)
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (I used brown)
3 eggs
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 cups unpeeled shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, salt and cinnamon. In a 1 cup measuring cup, drain , the juice from the pineapple. Add as much buttermilk as you need to make 1 cup of liquid. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients being careful to not over mix. Add the remainder. Pour into two greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool for ten minutes and remove from pans.


  1. Can I comment on my own post? I also made pineapple chili, copying a recipe from the trunk or treat we attended. It was yum! Normal chili ingredients- beans, canned tomatoes, chili powder, lean ground beef, plus a can of chunk pineapple, about 1/2 the juice, to that, add to taste...ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey, garlic salt and I added a little brown sugar. It is sooooooooooo delicious. It is my absolute favorite chili, my mother in law raved and I ate it for 3 days!!!! Inspired by my friend Courtney @

  2. pineapple is amazing. Did you know that my Dad's favorite cake of all time was applesauce cake that Grandma Bottini made? I don't think that we ever found that particular recipe, but I came close by using crushed pineapple and applesauce in the cake. He loved it! If you take an applesauce cake recipe and substitute half of the applesauce with pineapple, you will be surprised. Yum. Haven't made this for years and years.

  3. mmm pineapple. that pineapple chili sounds good too. I guess I'm hungry....