I am always on the lookout for new recipe ideas to add to my go-to list that are kid and family approved! I was so excited when I came across this bread recipe from allrecipes! With all the yummy fresh zucchini I’ve been getting from my neighbors garden this fall, I’ve been on the hunt for great recipes to use up all those zucchinis! I’m a huge fan of easy breakfasts that are both healthy and tasty as well as kid-approved! So if you need a tried and true recipe for zucchini bread or muffins, then you need to try this recipe because it makes the perfect breakfast or snack and is a great way to sneak in that extra serving of vegetables!
Muffins and bread make mornings easy!
Muffins are one of my go-to’s for a quick and easy breakfast item. In fact, we have Muffin Monday’s in our house! However, in full disclosure I definitely do not have time to whip out a batch of muffins in the mornings in time to get my family fed and out the door during the school year 😉 However, can I let you in on a little secret? What I love about muffins for breakfast, is that they are a great recipe to make a large batch of, and then freeze! This allows you to quickly pull them out, heat them up, and you have a yummy breakfast ready to go within seconds and no kitchen mess 😉
Chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe
What I love about this recipe and this double chocolate zucchini muffin recipe is that they work for either muffins or bread. The only part that changes is the pan and the bake time!
So whether you are in the mood for zucchini muffins or bread, make a couple of batches during those times that you have the baking urge and fill your freezer! For a last-minute breakfast, pull them out and microwave for a few seconds to thaw. If you are good at planning ahead and remembering ( I am not ;), pull out and place in the fridge overnight to thaw. The next morning, pop them in your toaster oven and breakfast is ready to go 🙂
If you plan on making the bread, I like to slice it once it has cooled and then place in Gallon Ziploc freezer bags. This makes it super easy to thaw and reheat!
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What you need:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups finely grated zucchini
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350
Preheat oven to 350°F (218°C). While the oven is preheating, spray your bread loaf pan so the bread comes out easily.
Step 2: Grate your zucchini
Hands down the easiest way to do this is using a kitchen appliance like this Ninja food processor. I can’t tell you how quick this processor made grating the zucchini! It allowed me to double/triple the batch and have several large zucchinis grated within a matter of seconds.
Step 3: Sift dry ingredients
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
Step 4: Beat wet ingredients
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugars together in a large bowl.
Step 5: Combine dry ingredients into creamed mixture
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
Step 6: Add zucchini and chocolate chips
Fold in zucchini until it is evenly distributed into the batter. Stir in semisweet chocolate chips.
Some recipes will call for squeezing out some of the water from the zucchini. I personally like to leave it as it helps add extra moisture to the bread!
Step 7: Fill your bread loaf pan
Using a bread loaf pan like this one that is about 8.5″ x 4.5″, fill the greased pan about 2/3 full of the batter.
Step 8: Bake
Bake in preheated oven for 40-60 minutes. When an inserted tester such as a toothpick comes out from the center of the pan clean, it is done.
Step 9: Cool
Leaving the bread in the pan, allow it to cool on top of a cooling rack for about 20 minutes.
Step 10: Remove from the bread pan
Remove the bread from the pan and place directly on top of the cooling rack allowing it to completely cool. Then you are ready to serve and enjoy!
Other breakfast food ideas
I love a recipe that is consistently good! This morning glory muffin recipe is sure to be a hit in your house as well! If you are looking for more great breakfast ideas to get you out of the cereal rut and get you out the door and to school on time, then check out this post on my top 10 favorite breakfast ideas! One of our favorites in our house is this authentic Brazilian acai smoothie bowl! With the recipe from a Brazilian (aka handy hubby), it is as close to what you would get on the beaches of Brazil 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! What is your household favorite, go-to morning breakfast in your house? I’m always on the lookout for new yummy recipes to add to our morning routines 🙂