It’s Zucchini Season. Don’t Make Eye-Contact With Your Neighbor.

I read that quip on a local lumberyard sign a few years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. Zucchini season is a time when enthusiastic gardeners want to throw in the towel, er, zucchini they’re so overrun with those cute little green squashes.  Well relax one and all as I have found a delicious zucchini bread recipe that won’t make you groan and roll your eyes. It’s got chocolate in it, people. You can eat it for breakfast or dessert and still feel good about getting your vegetables.  The recipe uses a 1 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini (about one medium squash).  If you don’t want to bake 42 loaves to get through your harvest, run the lot through your food processors shredder, package in ziplocs in 1 1/2 cup portion, freeze and bake this puppy up all winter long.

The recipe is from one of my fave cooking magazines, Cooking Light. I’m publishing a link to Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread rather than the actual recipe as I’m not sure how the copyrights work with big magazines. I recommend baking a little less than the 60 minutes they suggest for a moist, slightly underdone texture (dry cakes and breads are a pet peeve).

Oh, and be sure to use fair trade cocoa (Dagoba, Equal Exchange) and chocolate chips like Rapunzel (available at Whole Foods and New Seasons).

Next up in my “Cooking Your Garden’s Harvest” series (like the name? I just made it up) is Garden Fresh Roasted Salsa.  Coming tomorrow or very, very soon.



  1. Katrina said,

    August 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I was just reading the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) 2009 Chocolate Scorecard and Dagoba has dropped from ‘Sweet’ to ‘Semi-Sweet’ because of its 2006 acquisition by Hershey, which ranks ‘Bitter’ on their progress toward ending child labor in cocoa supply. Dagoba’s founder wrote that he “hopes” Hershey will uphold Dagoba’s value, but ILRF is pessimistic considering Hershey’s track record. ILRF doesn’t specify any circumstances beyond the acquisition to support the lower ranking; at this time, it seems solely based on Hershey’s ownership. I could find nothing on Dagoba’s web site referencing Hershey.

  2. beth said,

    August 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    this is so true! literally the day after i read your blog post, i was out weeding and my neighbor came over with 2 zucchini in hand. “you guys like zucchini?”, he asked. i do. my husband doesn’t. but he’s already handing them to me, so what can i say other than, “we do! thanks so much!” no more looking neighbors in the eye. :) maybe i’ll try that recipe now. a few years ago i made a zucchini chocolate cake- not bad!

  3. Becky Manderscheid said,

    August 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Beth, I’m really loving your blog. And this is a great one. I’ve been shredding and freezing zuccinni all summer… and baking zuccini bread. My mom is visiting and she just baked a couple loaves today. Isn’t gardening fun!?!

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