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Fried Zucchini Batter

This is a super simple, very adaptable recipe to batter veggies for frying. I used zucchini, but it would work with just about anything you want to dip in a light batter and fry to airy crisp perfection.

Fried Zucchini Batter - Bakerlady

I ate these babies with (gasp!) no dipping sauce. The batter wrapper was perfect for me. They’d be great with some ranch though.

Fried Zucchini Batter - Bakerlady

This is the best batter I’ve ever used for frying up some deliciousness. The cornstarch makes it absolutely light as air.

Fried Zucchini Batter - Bakerlady

Yup. Fan-freakin-tastic!

Fried Zucchini Batter - Bakerlady

Print Recipe for Fried Zucchini Batter

Fried Zucchini Batter
adapted from Food.com

3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup water
1 egg

12-15″ long zucchini cut in 1/3″ slices or rounds

Directions
In medium mixing bowl mix all the above until smooth. Dip sliced zucchini in batter and fry in 1/3 inch hot oil till golden brown.

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Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake Perfection

My mother has been making this cake as long as I can remember. As a child, the thought of a vegetable baked into a cake was just supremely odd. Now I know that little flecks of zucchini melt into the chocolate batter making the texture and richness just perfect.

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Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

It’s zucchini season! Many of you, with greener thumbs than I, are reaping bountiful harvests of beautiful green squash. I’m so jealous! I kill just about every plant I touch, so a garden of homegrown deliciousness has never worked out for me. Also, it seems like a lot of work. Kudos to you vegetable garden type folks!

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Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Baked goods involving zucchini are considered a vegetable in my book. I’ve been exercising like a crazy person lately and watching my calories, so more vegetables is exactly what I need. This amazingly moist absolutely decadent tasting chocolate bread fit the bill perfectly. I don’t feel too badly about it since it’s reasonably low-calorie and very low-fat. Unless I eat the whole loaf. Hmmmm. Not gonna lie. That might happen.

Start by shredding some zucchini. You’ll need about one medium-sized courgette (yes, I just used the fancy-pants term).

Mix up some sugars and applesauce. You can use oil if you’d like, but I was going the uber healthy route with this. Then, stir in some eggs and zucchini.

Some dry ingredients get stirred in. Those little hands belong to my son, who loves helping me bake. I don’t want any of you to think I have freakishly t.i.n.y. mitts.

Then the final touch to this yummy bread. Chocolate chips. Ok, so it just ceased to be a bread and became a cake. I know.

Bake, slice and enjoy.

Rich chocolate. And I’ve convinced myself it is actually a vegetable. Yes. I am in heaven. Please don’t wake me from this dream.

You will be too. There are little pockets of melty chocolate chips in every bite and the bread is all gorgeous and moist. Enjoy!

Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Bread
adapted from Slice of Feist

1 & 1/2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup high quality Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash of salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Applesauce
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Directions

In a large bowl, combine your applesauce, sugars and vanilla. Mix in your eggs and shredded zucchini. In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Stir until combined. Mix in your chocolate chips.

Scrape your batter into a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan (I always do a little parchment paper action on the bottom too), and bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it.

Zucchini Pizzas

Stay with me. I know the title of this recipe sounds a little odd. But I promise, these are delicious. Sort of like a deep-fried zucchini meets a pepperoni pizza. In one delicious mouthful. Not much goes better with a lazy Sunday watching football than pizza. Unfortunately, I’ve already way surpassed my quota for slices eaten this season. So, I set out to make myself something to munch that would be hearty and filling with the flavors of pizza and none of the guilt. Zucchini pizzas were born. These little babies are delicious and a mostly healthy alternative to cheese drenched bread on game day.

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