5.22.2014

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread (with protein!)



Last week I mentioned my hobby of trying to bake yummy desserts that still fit into a health-conscious lifestyle. In the last year I've switched my focus from hitting a certain number of calories each day to instead caring less about calories and focusing on eating lots of protein and nutrient rich foods. This has given me substantial results not only in building muscle and general energy levels but also in mental sanity since scientists suggest not all calories are created equal. There were so many times when I would find myself counting calories, adding up every last cup of chopped vegetables, and finding myself hungry, cranky, and tired. Shifting my focus to eating LOTS of protein (right now I shoot for 1.6 g per pound body weight), healthy fats, and whole grain and minimally processed carbohydrates is much, much more satisfying for me.

So along with this change in my behavior, creative cooking has been huge in helping me minimize cravings or falling off the wagon, which is almost a non-issue now. This recipe for a dark chocolate zucchini bread recipe was loosely based off this Paula Deen concoction. The original contains over 3 cups of sugar, or 576 grams! My version contains no added sugar and no flour, making it also essentially gluten-free for any of you with allergies. It has a rich dark chocolate flavor, with a little less sweetness than a traditional dessert. The amount of stevia you can add is optional, so feel free to add a little more or less depending on your tasets. See below for instructions...

Ingredients:
1 cup + 2 tbsp Cellucor Molten Chocolate Whey Protein (or your chocolate protein powder of choice, look for minimal sugar for serving)

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 eggs
3 tbsp water
1 large zucchini
4 tsp stevia (optional)

Mix protein powder, cocoa, spices, stevia, and baking soda. Grate zucchini and add to dry ingredients. Incorporate eggs and water to batter. Heat coconut oil for a few seconds in the microwave or in a saucepan and add to batter.

Pour batter in a greased bread loaf pan (approx. 4" x 9" ) and bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes. enjoy!

Servings: About 8 slices
Approximate macros: (Per slice)
170 calories
4.8 g Carbs
12.7 g Fat
12.3 g Protein

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