Zucchini Bread With Dried Blueberries

November 10th, 2017 7:00 am by Kelly Garbato

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So this is a little off-season for me, but I last week I inexplicably found myself craving zucchini bread like mad. (“Inexplicable” because it’s been at least two years since I’ve last eaten the stuff. Why here? Why now? Why me?) I also wanted to try it with Mags who, if you remember, is one fussy-ass eater who is partial to sweet breads, among other things.

Since I have ten pounds (give or take) of dried blueberries hanging out in my pantry, I decided to experiment with blueberry zucchini bread. Spoiler alert: it is predictably delicious, though I did find myself wondering about other variations: zucchini blueberry lemon, perhaps? Or maybe lavender blueberry floats your boat? Two words: blueberry peach. Okay, so they’re all a little summery, but when it snows on Halloween for the first time since you relocated to the Midwest, a taste of summer is most definitely in order.

Anyway, point is, this recipe makes two loaves, so feel free to try out your own rad combos. Blueberry and cinnamon, fwiw? Totally a winner.

Thanks go out, yet again, to Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit for the delicious dried blueberries.

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They’re also wonderful in oatmeal, and the dogs love to snack on them, too!

 

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Zucchini Bread With Dried Blueberries

Ingredients

2 cups grated zucchini
3 tablespoons flax seed + 9 tablespoons warm water, blended for one minute [or an egg replacer equivalent to three eggs]
1 cup oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour [I used a combination of 1 cup whole wheat + 1 1/2 cups white + 1/2 cup rye]
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg [optional; omit this ingredient if you plan on sharing with your canine friends]
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 generous handfuls of dried blueberries

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 8.5″ × 4.5″ loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Mix the grated zucchini, egg replacer, sugars, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl.

3) In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder.

4) Gradually mix the dry ingredients in with zucchini mixture. Add in the dried blueberries. Stir well.

5) Pour the batter into two pans, divided evenly. Bake at 350F for 40 to 60 minutes. (Mine was nicely browned after 40 minutes, so keep an eye on it starting at 30 minutes!) Let cool before serving.

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