Multigrain Zucchini Date Loaf + Big News!
There are few things in life that deserve an all out celebration. It just so happens that today, we are celebrating TWO very important milestones. The first milestone that had to be shared with you is….that this post right here, is the 100th post for Honeyed Home! That is 100 recipes that I have put truly hard work in to. I have to say I feel very proud. I am proud of myself for the effort, the time, the sweat, the tears, and often times, the strenuous struggle. Although, the past 100 posts were occasionally difficult, they were also true accomplishments and incredible triumphs made right in my kitchen. I can not wait to see what the next 100 posts will be and where I will be by then. It all seems so surreal. I feel extremely satisfied in my work and appreciative for the people who have stuck by me through the entire process. I honestly could not do it with out the support of so many friends, strangers, and of course, my rock…my husband. Oh my gosh! Speaking of husbands…My husband, Kris, and I also wanted to share with you some other BIG and important news! We couldn’t be more excited to announce that we are expecting! Our little one is joining our clan in March of 2015. That is why there have been minimal posts around here lately. Frankly, I have been too sick to even look at food. Normally, I scour the internet and look for inspiration from some of my favorite food bloggers (whom are listed on the right-hand sidebar of this page) but during the last month I couldn’t bare the sight of any food photographed in any way. I was genuinely disgusted by most things. Even salad! Salad! Usually, this is my first choice for a quick meal any time of the day but when the nausea set in, a piece of lettuce looked revolting. That was when I knew I was really struggling. So, I am sorry for the lack of visits the last few weeks, but now that I am beginning my second trimester I am feeling more and more like myself every day. I am back folks and probably more excited to cook and eat than ever before! Here is to celebrating the two most fabulously important landmarks that Honeyed Home has yet to to come across! Cheers!
This multigrain zucchini date loaf is so worth every ingredient. It is packed with nuts and whole grains and is perfectly sweet while the zucchini keeps it super moist. It is one of my favorite things to make as I often have the ingredients already on hand. If you don’t have a loaf pan, a regular sized muffin tin does the trick and then you are left with individual little portions. So delicious either way. This is a magnificent recipe for a brunch or breakfast gathering. Enjoy friends!
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup finely chopped and pitted, fresh medjool dates (about 6 dates)
- 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup oat bran
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan and set aside.
- Place the walnut pieces on a small baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes and then set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the walnuts.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk and the apple cider vinegar. Let that mixture sit for a few minutes until it becomes frothy and semi-curdled. Add the melted butter, the egg and the vanilla and whisk until combined. Add in the finely chopped dates and the grated zucchini.
- In a medium bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together with a fork. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
- Pour into the greased loaf pan*(see note). Bake at 350 for about 55 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool before slicing. Store in an airtight container.
- It seems there are a lot of ingredients here but every thing can be found conveniently at your local Trader Joe’s.
- If you do not have a 9×5 loaf pan, a regular muffin tin would work just as well for zucchini date muffins!