Chocolate Almond Zucchini Loaf

This mouth-watering vegan loaf can curb a sweet tooth any day! I really enjoy the soft moist texture combined with the crunchy almonds. Mmmm Mmmm good!

Modified from this recipe.

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Ingredients 

  • 2 C. shredded zucchini
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas
  • 1/4 C. agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 C. vegan yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 slivered almonds
  • handful or rasins or dried cranberries…or chocolate chips!

Directions

  • Pre heat over to 350 degrees F
  • Mash banana and combine in bowl with agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and vanilla.
  • In separate bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, b. soda, b. powder, cinnamon and all spice.
  • Add zucchini to banana mixture and combine.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Stir in almonds and rasins.
  • Pour into greased bread load pan and bake for 45-50 mins.

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Best part about vegan baking?   You can eat all the batter and dough you want!!

Hope you enjoy this sweet loaf as much as I did!

Deconstructed Almond Date Tart, Topped with Fruit and Whipped Coconut Cream

Date and Almond base topped with fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream

This is a great dessert to make if you are crunched for time. It’s quick to make without sacrificing appearance or flavour! These tarts score a 10/10 in both categories!  These tarts have minimal sugar added- they are sweet enough with the dates and fruit.  I have made them with strawberries and banana but any fruit topping would work!

Serves 5

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Ingredients

  • 1 C. raw almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 C. dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup (more if desired)
  • 5 ripe strawberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  • Chill can of coconut milk in fridge. Preferably overnight but I find that sticking it in the freezer for an hour or so also works!
  • Add almonds and salt to food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Add dates and honey and process until everything is finely chopped and combined, resembling a crumbly dough.
  • Use hand to arrange almond date mixture on chosen dishes, pressing together to compact the mixture into desired shape.
  • Slice fruit and place on top of date tarts.
  • Top with freshly whipped coconut cream! (for directions on coconut cream, see below)

Directions for whipped coconut cream

  • Once can is chilled, open it up!
  • The milk has separated into two parts. It is the thick creamy part on top that you will be whipping. Pour clear portion of can into separate cup to be used for something else…a smoothie perhaps!
  • Place white coconut cream into bowl with vanilla and whip until fluffy.
  • Easy as that!

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Now sit back and enjoy your decadent dessert! You’ve slaved all day in the kitchen making it…or so everyone who is eating it thinks!