Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cucumber Bread

Everyone always rave about zucchini bread but why not cucumber bread? To me, those 2 veggies are very similar so I thought I'd experiment. Cucumbers have more water content than zucchini and made this bread more moist, which is always a good thing! The chocolate chips and cocoa added a lotta flavor and made this healthy bread taste a bit more decadent. Did you know that cucumbers are great for your skin? They also contain a good amount of vitamin C, which can boost your immune system. I just love it when I can actually feel good about eating a chocolatey baked treat!




Ingredients:


2 c all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 c vegetable oil
1 c coarsely grated cucumber
1/2 c chopped pecans
1/2 c chocolate chips


Prep:


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5-in loaf pan.


2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar with the eggs and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is evenly moistened. Add the cucumber, pecans and chocolate chips.


3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the loaf is risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool on a rack for 30 minutes before unmolding and serving.

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