Multi-Grain Zucchini Bread with Flax Seeds

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Author Notes: The zucchini challenge may be long over, but the surplus of zucchini lives on. I adapted this from a buttermilk-wheat quickbread recipe in the book Vegetariana (circa 1984). It's great with a cup of coffee or tea, and freezes well.drbabs

Makes 2 loaves

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 tablespoon bran
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped into small pieces (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour 2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, bran, oatmeal, baking powder, flax seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.
  3. Stir the buttermilk, agave syrup, oil, vanilla and beaten eggs together until well blended. Fold in the zucchini, add the wet ingredients to the dry, and fold together till well-blended. Fold in the walnuts and raisins (if using).
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and smooth the tops. Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
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about 2 years ago Anna Biton

I replaced half of the oil with applesauce, added a few handfuls of chocolate chips, and made it as muffins. Baked at 400 for 20 minutes. Worked out very well. Thanks!

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so glad you liked it. I'm thinking of making this with butternut squash instead of zucchini--I have a ton right now.

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about 4 years ago healthierkitchen

have you done it with pumpkin? I just made a cookie from a blog that used pumpkin puree but no butter or oil at all. Surprisingly good!

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That sounds great! i'll experiment with pumpkin--great idea!

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about 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Just made this today, and did one loaf pan and one pan of muffins. I haven't tasted a slice yet, but did grab a muffin, as did my husband and daughter, and so far, we've all loved them. So happy to have some healthy snacks! I do a banana bread with whole wheat flour (I usually use white whole wheat) and oatmeal which is similar to this. Loved the addition of the wheat germ and the flaxseeds (which I did buy and use!).

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

How funny that I just logged into the site today and saw your comment! Making muffins out of this is a great idea, and I'm glad you and your family liked them.

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about 4 years ago healthierkitchen

I added the flaxseeds to my banana bread yesterday and it worked out great! Thx.

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about 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm making this tomorrow. It looks so darn good. I've been making quick breads and muffins all summer for my sons to take as snacks when off doing their various activities. They both insist that whatever I make for them be super healthy, so this will be perfect. Can't wait to try it . . . and I happen to have all of the ingredients on hand! Stay tuned. ;o)

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I hope you enjoy it!

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about 4 years ago lapadia

This looks great Dr. Babs! we have a lot of zucchini right now, and they keep on growing. Also, I have often wondered about the combo spray from Trader Joes, I am going to have to get some.

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I know we're supposed to use butter and flour if we're serious bakers, but that stuff is so darn easy.

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about 4 years ago healthierkitchen

looking forward to trying this one - it's right up my alley! I haven't ever used flaxseeds (I think they're in my breakfast cereal), though I know I should. Do you think it will work without?

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yes, it's very forgiving--I hope you enjoy it!