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Chocolate Zucchini Cake (dairy & soy free)

September 6, 2011 by LaDonna Loehrke  
Filed under Recipe Box

It is that time of year, when seeing the abundance of zucchini from our garden, that my family requests I make Chocolate Zucchini Cake for them.

Now with the changes I have made in my diet over the past year I knew that the recipe, a friend shared with me many years ago, was going to require some revising before I could enjoy a piece, also.

I looked over the recipe to decide what needed to be reduced or replaced and set out to make a cake that both my family and I could enjoy and that I would feel better about serving. To some it may not seem healthier, but if I made all the changes that I wanted to they would probably not eat it, so I have learned to make baby steps in the right direction to retrain their taste buds.

In this recipe I lowered the sugar, replaced the butter, buttermilk  and chocolate to make it dairy-free & soy-free, replaced 1/2 the oil with applesauce and  replaced 1/2 the white flour with whole wheat pastry flour. I hope you enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake (dairy & soy free)

A recipe, from a friend, that I revised

Serves: 12

7/8 cup organic brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup organic cane juice crystals

3 Tablespoons Wildtree Natural Butter Flavor Grapeseed Oil

1/4 cup Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce ( I made homemade)

3 farm fresh eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon juice mixed with So Delicious Dairy-free Coconut Milk Beverage to equal 1/2 cup (*used in place of buttermilk)

1 1/4 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/4 cups organic unbleached white flour

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

5 Tablespoons organic baking cocoa

2 cups grated fresh zucchini, not drained

2  1.4 ounce Enjoy life Boom Choco Boom Dark Chocolate Bars (they are dairy-free & soy-free), broken into small pieces

Preheat oven to  325 degrees and oil and flour a 9 x 13″ baking pan.

In a bowl, combine flours, spices, salt, baking soda and cocoa; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugars and oils together. Add eggs, vanilla, *buttermilk, and applesauce. Mix well.

Combine dry ingredients with the liquids; mix well.  Stir in zucchini and pour into prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle the broken pieces of chocolate bar on top of batter.

Bake for 35- 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and serve.

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