Pumpkin, banana, zucchini, walnuts, chocolate chips…yum. There is a lot of stuff in this recipe from Janet & Greta Podleski. The “Loaf of Your Life” recipe was in the original Looneyspoons cookbook, but the authors sent out a new and improved (and even healthier) version in the March 2012 issue of their Recipe Newsletter.
I made this bread with my daughter Samantha, and it was great to see her fascination with grating the zucchini after telling me how “gross” it was when we picked it up at the grocery store. Of course, once baked into this delicious bread, she had no further issues with the zucchini. There is hope.
Pumpkin-Banana-Zucchini Loaf with Flax & Walnuts (adapted from Janet & Greta Podleski’s March 2012 Recipe Newsletter)
1 cup each whole-wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 cup grated packed zucchini, unpeeled
1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt (I used fat-free Fage)
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used 1/4 cup and sprinkled on half of the loaf)
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Don’t use a 8×4 pan. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients through egg until well blended. Add dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake on middle oven rack for 50 to 60 minutes (my oven needed 60 minutes), or until wooden skewer inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Wrap leftovers well and store in fridge for up to 5 days; can also be frozen.