Depression-Fighting Chocolate Zucchini Spice Bread

1/2 cup
Cocoa powder
1 tbls
Powdered ginger
2 tsp
Ground cinnamon
1 tsp
Ground allspice
1 cup
Almond meal
1/4 cup
Cocoanut flour
1 tsp
Baking powder
1 tsp
Baking soda
3/4 cup
Eggs
1/3 cup
Maple syrup
1/4 cup
Coconut milk
1/2 cup
Pureed avocado
1 tsp
Vanilla extract
2 cups
Zucchini
1/3 cup
Chocolate chips

Note: Most of the fresh fruits and vegetables sold in your local grocer’s produce department are not GMO. However, a few exceptions that are of “high probability” for being GMO (unless, their labeling states they are certified organic) includes; summer squash (both zucchini & yellow varieties), sweet corn, edamame (soy), and papayas. Therefore, if you purchase zucchini from the market try to buy ones that are certified organic.  

This recipe has a rich, mellow taste of chocolate, a snap of spice, and a mere hint of maple sweetness. It is also packed with ingredients that can help ease depression, is Paleo diet acceptable and gluten- free, as well.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Grease a medium (8” x 4”) loaf pan with coconut oil.

  3. In a large bowl combine the cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, almond meal, coconut flour baking powder and baking soda.

  4. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, coconut milk, pureed avocado and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients and the zucchini into the dry ingredient bowl and blend until evenly combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  6. Cool and refrigerate before cutting into slices.

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