Here is my story on how we got to this Healthy Peach Zucchini Bread…
Wow – does this summer feel different – and I’m pretty sure I am not the only one feeling this way 🙂
We are home, home and home – which isn’t a bad thing but so different from the past 5 summers I’ve spent travelling with my daughter for dance.
I’m here to see our plants grow, to enjoy our backyard “lounge” which always has a great selection of yummy red wine, and to hang with my boys – all things I’ve kinda missed.
COVID has certainly done a number on us, but it has done a few positive things in our family.
First, we are enjoying our “backyard” – as are many Albertans. The hiking trails are packed each weekend, parking lots in the mountain parks are full and people are out enjoying fresh air, scenery and simpleness of putting one foot in front of the other. This is amazing.
Second, we are cooking more – bbq’s and simple meals or crazy complicated recipes – you name it, we’ve tried it all!
Thirdly, we have time to enjoy fresh food and produce. Ok ok, I’m not growing anything – except my arrant tomato plant – but my parents are!!!! AND we get the excess of their bounty! :)) I am totally enjoying the harvest that is August – the peaches, the rhubarb, the zucchini (OH MY!)
My peach problem is seriously a thing. I live for August when the peaches are ripe and I can use them in everything.
Peach Pizza ? Yes please.
Peach salsa? Bring it on.
Peach Pie? Don’t mind if I do…
So the story behind my healthy peach zucchini bread is a COVID compilation of sorts.
We need snacks for hiking, we need to use up the zucchini (which no one in my family likes to eat just plain so I have to hide it) and I have a peach obsession.
There you have it – the reason for my healthy Peach Zucchini Bread.
All three problems solved AND it is even pretty darn low in sugar, can be made gluten free, and is seriously delish.
So – because I spend so much time with Dani – I need to stress the health benefits of both zucchini and peaches…
Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A and C. We can work with that.
Fiber, antioxidants, rich in vitamins A, C and B. Also, zucchini is extremely hydrating – good for skin and eyes.
Umm – there really is no downside to zucchini. Just eat it.
So – here is the recipe…
Healthy Peach Zucchini Bread
- 1 cup Spelt flour
- 1 cup Whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup Wheat Bran
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups grated zucchini grated on large side of grater
- 1 cup fresh peaches cut in small chunks
- 2 Eggs
- 3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup oil of your choice light olive, canola, coconut (melted and cooled) vegetable
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup brown coconut sugar depending how sweet you like it!
- 1 peach sliced for the top *optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9' x 5' loaf pan with either cooking spray, or parchment.
- Mix dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
- Grate Zucchini, then wrap grated zucchini in a few paper towels. Squeeze excess water out and set aside.
- Combine wet ingredients (peaches through sugar) in another bowl. Add grated zucchini. Mix.
- Add "wet ingredients" to the flour mixture and gently fold together.
- Once blended, pour batter into loaf pan and top with sliced peaches if you choose.
- Bake for approx. 50 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack for 1 hour.
Check out the notes in the recipe if you want to make this loaf gluten free. Also, my family is used to my “healthy baking,” but other families might find that this recipe is not sweet enough. Please feel free to add a little more sugar, as noted in the recipe, the first time, to get the family on side.
On a side note, we’ve had many requests for the type of “spelt flour” we use. I love NUNWEILERS – which I have found at all the major grocery stores – I also use their whole wheat pastry flour.
If you are planning a COVID friendly dinner party in August and you love peaches like I do – try our Dinner Party Perfect Peach Blueberry Crumble OR if you want to use your fresh tomatoes try our Hot and Spicy Homemade Salsa – just a couple ideas to keep you busy in the kitchen!!
Here’s hoping you have an amazing August harvest – and try this snack for yourself.