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Best Zucchini bread and/or muffin recipe

Tis the season and there are so many recipes out there. I need some guidance. What is your favorite? Healthy or not so healthy, just not too sweet. They're for my two year old grandson and his nursing mother plus various other family members.

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  1. I recently made the Cooks Illustrated one (it's on the website but you need a membership). Tasty, used up a lot of zucchini, and it was not too sweet.

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    1. re: DrMag

      I made this recipe as well and really enjoyed it.

      1. re: DrMag

        I have a new membership I need to activate so will do. thanks!

        1. re: Berheenia

          I'll third that recommendation. It was great. 1.5 lbs of zucchini, grated, and then you wring out the water to concentrate the zucchini flavor. Not overly sweet. Great recipe.

          Mr Taster

        2. re: DrMag

          I did get the recipe and they will be the first tried in Stage II making zucchini muffin trial. :)

        3. I like the James Beard recipe, I make it in smaller loaf pans and it adapts well to add ins, chocolate chips, raisins, etc...

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              1. re: Berheenia

                in the book it is on page 169
                the bread is called Carl Goh's Zucchini Bread
                the book states filberts or walnuts no chocolate chips.

                I make small loaves and freeze them for when I have company

          1. I came across this last week and tried it - loved it! Rosemary is the surprise ingedient, and I was surprised I couldn't actually taste it!
            I substituted brown sugar for white, because I was out of the regular; and substituted 1 cup of whole wheat for the white flour. The recipe calls for pecans, but you can leave them out if nuts are a concern for you.
            Makes 2 loaves, and freezes well.


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            1. re: hungryjoanne

              I am Joanne also-
              what type of yogurt did u use?
              I have fage and also buttermilk-do u think I can substitute?

              1. re: jpr54_1

                Hi Joanne - I used my usual organic 4% BF yogurt - it's pretty runny - not thick like Greek, so you'd probably be fine with buttermilk.
                I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what fage is!

              2. re: hungryjoanne

                This recipe intrigued me and it is scheduled for the next round of zucchini baking. I have a Rosemary plat that needs to be used and this sounds perfect. Thank-you!

              3. We have made these twice in the past week. They are made with whole wheat flour, but you would never know because they are very moist!


                I have halved the coconut oil and replaced with applesauce. So good, you would never know they are "healthy"! Your little guy will definitely like them.

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                1. re: arp29

                  I saw the recipe also-
                  I posted it http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982592
                  I an afraid to use the rosemary-
                  I will be making it during week.

                  1. re: arp29

                    THanks! I just answered Foodie2x who also posted this recipe

                    "Couldn't get coconut oil out here in the boonies so I used melted butter. I made 12 minis and 6 regular. They are cooling and will be sampled by my taster later. Thanks!"

                  2. I have made these muffins several times and my kids love them. A few changes that I make...I cut back on the butter and sugar. And my son would not eat raisins or walnuts so instead, I throw in some chocolate chips. And if I happen to have some overripe bananas, I mash them up and throw them in.


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                    1. re: valerie

                      Thanks! Just made them. They are cooling and look fabulous! I used craisins but no nuts and added some applesauce to half a stick of melted butter.

                      1. re: Berheenia

                        Great! I occasionally throw in some applesauce too or even chopped apples if I have some apples hanging around that are on the verge of going bad. These muffins are pretty forgiving!

                    2. Not so much a recipe as a tip, for when over run with zukes. A few years ago, sister decided that she'd be making zuke breads (sweet & savory) as part of holiday gift baskets. She shredded up zucchini, packed into freezer bags and containers already measured out for a basic recipe... like maybe 2 cups, not sure?? Then when she got baking, just pulled, thawed and baked away.

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                      1. re: kseiverd

                        This sounds brilliant! I already do this with ripe bananas. Thanks!

                        1. re: Berheenia

                          Yes, works great, just be prepared for all the liquid when you defrost, just squeeze it out well and you are ready to go. I had a couple to freeze today so I grated and steamed in the microwave for a few minutes to reduce some of the water. I'll be curious to see if this cuts down on the liquid when I defrost this batch.

                      2. Berheenia-I just made these a week or two ago and they were a HUGE hit. They are very cake like and not too sweet. The coconut oil adds a very subtle note while not being the least bit coco-nutty. Personally I think they could do with more zucchini and leave out the chocolate chips but the 12 and 7 years olds I served them too would disagree!


                        ETA- I just realized someone else posted the same recipe. Sorry for the duplicate!

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                        1. re: foodieX2

                          Couldn't get coconut oil out here in the boonies so I used melted butter. I made 12 minis and 6 regular. They are cooling and will be sampled by my taster later. Thanks!

                          1. re: Berheenia

                            I think butter will be great. Let us know what you think!

                            1. re: foodieX2

                              Thumbs up! A new addition to the rota!

                        2. DoubleChocolateZucchiniBread

                          this bread is in my oven right now-
                          great for a chocaholic-or anyone with a chocolate craving