I have been on the hunt for 'food fillers'. Max never seems to be satisfied with the food I give him (it's not that he doesn't like it, it is just never enough!). I have put off snacks so they won't ruin their appetites for dinner but now it is getting out of hand and I don't want them filling up on heavily processed snacks- however I also don't want to be or have the time to bake something every day for the little princes.
Nic suggested some bread ( I already feel like we should be buying shares in a bakery!) but then I thought about zucchini bread and thus began my search for a good recipe. The internet is very useful for a quick search as I am sure you all know. After looking at about 5 different recipes I decided on one- due to the fact it made two loaves! It is very quick and easy and I thought it was a winner, however when I ate some it was really sweet and not a good choice for an everyday snack so I have decided to cut the sugar back and add whole wheat flour. The results were great. Boys shovel it down and don't bother me until dinner and I feel better knowing they are eating a little vegetable before dinner- so be it it's mixed with sugar but that is OK with me. I think the breakfast cereal has more sugar than the bread!
Zucchini Bread (my version)
2 cups All purpose flour (plain flour)
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon- ground
1 tsp all spice
1 cup vegetable oil
1 & 3/4 cups sugar (other recipe 2 & 1/4 cups)
3 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup nuts (walnuts or almonds)
Preheat oven to 325 (165) and grease two 8x4 inch pans or there about.
Sift flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices into a medium bowl- set aside.
In a large size bowl- beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until well combined and thick.
Add dry ingredients to wet and beat until well combined.
Stir in zucchini and nuts then pour into pre-greased pans.
Bake for approx 1 hour or until the skewer comes out clean. One of my dishes took an additional 20 minutes so it does vary.
Cool for 5 minutes before taking out of pan and then leave until cold. I put one in the freezer and it freezes really well.