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Spiced Zucchini Ginger Holiday Bread

This post is sponsored by Thrive Algae Oil.  Thank you for supporting the growth of Food Heaven!!

Anybody else in the holiday spirit? Once November hits, I start thinking comfort foods, seasonal produce, thick woven sweaters, and…Spiced Zucchini Ginger Holiday Bread! At my farmers market, they always sell zucchini bread when the weather starts to cool down, and it tastes SO good. I figured I’d give it a shot myself, and this one right here is a winner.

Zucchini is a type of summer squash that can typically be found all year long. Its peak months are from June to late August, but they’re available during the cooler months as well. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B12, and manganese. Zucchini also provides vitamin A, potassium, phosphorous, and folate. We love freezing zucchini and adding it to smoothies, and also like to throw it into stews and salads. I love that this vegetable is so flexible, and can be enjoyed in sweets like this one! 

The secret ingredient for our Spiced Zucchini Ginger Holiday Bread is Thrive Culinary Algae Oil.This everyday cooking oil is completely neutral in taste, which makes it perfect for baking because the sweet flavors you’re looking for really shine.It’s also better-for-you to bake with than canola or vegetable oil because it has the most heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (90%) and the least saturated fats (4%) of any oil.In fact, one tablespoon has the same amount of monounsaturated fats as a whole avocado!Beyond baking, you can cook, roast, sear, sauté, and fry safely with Thrive thanks to its high smoke point (up to 485°F degrees), which means it doesn’t burn at high temperatures. For an example of its versatility, check out this Curry Roasted Potato Bowl we recently did! 

If you want to try Thrive, you can find it on Amazon and in stores like Whole Foods, Target, and Walmart!

Alright, so let’s get started! Preheat the oven to 350F. In a bowl, sift your dry ingredients well- the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat the rest of the ingredients- the eggs, oil, grated zucchini, walnuts, vanilla extract, and grated ginger. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix together until combined. Avoid over-mixing. An electric hand mixer will help to make this easier!
 
Once done, pour into an oiled loaf pan (we used a 9×5″ pan, anything close to those dimensions work!) Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, slice and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze the leftovers! Thaw and reheat when ready to enjoy! 
 
As always, let us know if you give this recipe a try! Have a happy and joyful holidays <3 
 
Holiday Spiced Zucchini Walnut Bread
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Algae Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1" knob grated ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, sift your dry ingredients well- the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  3. In another bowl, beat the rest of the ingredients- the eggs, oil, grated zucchini, walnuts, vanilla extract, and grated ginger.

  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix together until combined. Avoid over-mixing. An electric hand mixer will help to make this easier!

  5. Once done, pour into an oiled loaf pan (we used a 9x5" pan, anything close to those dimensions work!)
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  7. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, slice and enjoy!

  8. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze the leftovers! Thaw and reheat when ready to enjoy

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