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Chocolaty Zucchini Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Makes

3 loaves (16 slices each)

You'd never guess zucchini is the "secret ingredient" in this easy-to-assemble bread - it has such big chocolate taste! Charlotte McDaniel, from Williamsville, Illinois, informs, "I freeze extra zucchini from my garden in summer and make this bread to give as gifts all winter long."

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Whisk the eggs, oil, butter and extracts. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into three greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 174 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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