It snowed yesterday. A lot. Well, a lot for Victoria. Victoria is not a city known for snow and when it does snow more than a couple centimeters the whole city shuts down. When I woke up to almost 10 centimeters I knew that we are housebound for the day.
My girls played outside, my husband stayed home from work and I played around in the kitchen. I love it when we have days at home and I can get creative. I wanted to try something a little different for me and since I was already missing my Tim Hortons coffee which I was clearly not going to get, I decided to try and concoct a coffee flavoured treat. I am really happy with the way this turned out.
I think the flavor of the coffee and the chocolate chips compliment each other nicely. The coffee flavor really pops especially because this is not an overly sweet bread to begin with.
Here’s the recipe:
3 cups Grated zucchini (about 5 small zucchini)
1 cup Organic Cane sugar (if you don’t have this on hand you can use 1/ 2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar for a similar flavor)
2/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp pure vanilla
3 cups flour ( you can use half whole wheat flour if you have it and the coffee will mask the flavor)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp coffee granules dissolved in 2 Tbsp or warm water
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Combine the zucchini, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Dissolve the coffee granules and add them into the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until just combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips. Add however many you like. About a cup is quite generous. And that`s coming from a chocolate lover.
This recipe makes one REALLY large loaf or two small loaves. It lends itself really nicely to muffins as well.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool and enjoy. It`s a perfect treat for a cold day.
What do you like to do when the weather keeps you at home