How do you turn a green vegetable into a sweet, moist, and delicious dessert? Bake it into some zucchini bread, of course! This versatile bread is perfect with butter for breakfast, smeared with hazelnut spread for dessert, or warmed up in the toaster for a mid-day snack. And although it seems like it'd be somewhat complicated to make, it's surprisingly easy if you know the right steps. Here are the step-by-step instructions for how to make zucchini bread.
From what type of vanilla to include to exactly what kitchen tools you'll need, I'll walk you through how to make zucchini bread that would make your mom proud. (But don't worry, you don't have to share it with her.)
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First up, grab some heavy-duty mixing bowls and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
via: ShutterstockGrab a medium-sized bowl and sift together the following dry ingredients: 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
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Grab your largest bowl and start adding your wet ingredients.
via: ShutterstockAdd 3 large eggs, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 2 cups of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Whisk it all together until smooth before you begin grating your zucchini. Need to upgrade your kitchen utensils? The set on the next slide is a must-have addition to your kitchen.
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Now, let's get grating!
via: ShutterstockTake a large zucchini and grate it into fine shreds until you have 2 cups. If you can't get 2 full cups from one, start shredding a second until you have enough. Place shredded zucchini on a piece of paper towel and gently squeeze it over the sink to release excess moisture.
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Here's a pro tip before we continue: don't skimp on the vanilla.
via: ShutterstockHigh-quality vanilla is the secret ingredient to baking a good loaf of zucchini bread. It adds that subtle flavor that makes the chocolate taste sweeter and the moist cake even richer. So when I say "add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract", feel free to add a few extra dashes for good measure.
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Now it's time to combine your wet and dry ingredients.
via: ShutterstockAdd your shredded zucchini to your wet ingredients then fold in the dry ingredients until everything is just combined. The batter should be thick, so don't worry if it seems too dry. Add 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, but be careful not to overmix.
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