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Chocolaty Zucchini Bread Recipe

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."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings

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 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

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