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It's National Zucchini Day! Easy Recipes To Try

What bread could be healthier than one with a vegetable baked right into it?

As we celebrate National Zucchini Bread today, flex your baking muscles and try your hand at making a loaf or two of a quick bread that features the green summer squash! 

Zucchinis are rich in zinc, niacin, protein, as well as vitamins B1, B6, B2, and calcium, so adding them into your bread can never be a bad idea.

Though zucchinis are usually combined with carrots or bananas in quick breads, there are a million other flavors you can combine it with, especially since its subtly sweet taste never overwhelms the palate.

Barbara Bakes has a recipe for Lemon Zucchini Bread that has a fresh, tangy, citrus sweetness perfect with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Lemon Zucchini Bread. Courtesy: Barbara Bakes

Ingredients for Lemon Zucchini Bread (from Barbara Bakes)
2 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup light sour cream
3 cups grated zucchini, peeled
Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
yellow food coloring, if desired

The quick bread is baked and cooled before drizzled with the lemon glaze.  

Lemon Zucchini Bread. Courtesy: Barbara Bakes

Zucchinis also complement chocolate. My Diverse Kitchen's recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread is perfect for vegans, as eggs in the recipe are substituted with yogurt and grated apple.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Courtesy: My Diverse Kitchen

Chocolate Zucchini Bread (from My Diverse Kitchen)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup packed grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated apple
1/2 cup yogurt thick plain
1 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

According to Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, the chocolate bread tastes good freshly baked, but she found that it's even better after having been chilled in the fridge overnight. 

Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Courtesy: My Diverse Kitchen

With its versatile taste, zucchinis do not only taste good with sweet ingredients, but with savory notes as well. A Cozy Kitchen has a recipe for Zucchini Cheddar Drop Biscuits that will surely satisfy cheese lovers. 

Zucchini Cheddar Drop Biscuits. Courtesy: A Cozy Kitchen

Zucchini Cheddar Drop Biscuits (from A Cozy Kitchen)
3/4 cup zucchini, shredded
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup grated cheddar
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 stick butter, cold and cubed
1 cup milk

The biscuits are fairly easy to whip up, and taste best with butter.

TIP: Use a silicone baking mat to help bake the biscuits evenly, without burnt patches at the bottom.

Know someone who loves to bake zucchini bread? Sharing is Caring! 

Zucchini Cheddar Drop Biscuits. Courtesy: A Cozy Kitchen

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