Chocolate (Protein) Zucchini Bread

ImageServing Size: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla or pure maple syrup

2 cups finely grated zucchini

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup chocolate protein powder mixed with small amount of water (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F or 165 C – grease and flour two 8X4 inch loaf pans

2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cocoa powder

3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla/maple syrup and sugar in a large bowl

4. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well until thoroughly combined

5. Add in protein powered mixed with a small amount of water if choosing to. (This stage is approx. because I usually don’t measure the protein powder – about 2 scoops of powder and just enough water so none of the powder is dry)

6. Mix in zucchini, chocolate chips and (optional) walnuts until well mixed

7. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40-60 minutes or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for approx 20 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack until cool to the touch.

*I will also use this recipe for muffins, the baking time just has to be adjusted it.

** Zucchini bread and muffins freeze well 🙂

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