If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I had a recent epic failure trying to sneak veggies into my families dessert. Zucchini “Apple” Crisp DOES NOT taste just like the real thing in case you were wondering!
However, I have this recipe a friend gave me years ago that has proven successful many times. I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use up the massive amounts of zucchini and summer squash my garden has produced already. The irony of it all is that I LOVE zucchini, and have tried unsuccessfully to grow it for years. I mean, isn’t that the thing with zucchini? That ANYONE can grow it?! Uggh not me. Until now that is. And now I have the typical gardners dilemma- what the heck do I do with it all??
I’ve made a triple batch of zucchini bread. We’ve had it grilled on the BBQ. Sauteed. Breaded and pan fried. Snuck into spaghetti sauce (that was a win!). Muffins, fritters, rice, stir-fry, you name it we’ve tried it!
And last week we had this amazing, moist, velvety chocolate cake. It went over like, well, like a fat kid and cake . A double batch disappeared in 2 days. And I felt only slightly guilty because at least it had veggies in it, right?!
You’ll likely have everything on hand already, so I highly suggest it if you’re looking to use up some of that garden goodness. Or if you’re just trying to sneak some veggies into your kids. Or your husband =).
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 C Butter
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1 3/4 C Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 C sour milk (add 1 tsp. lemon juice to milk)
2 1/2 C Flour
4 T. Cocoa
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 C Grated Zucchini
Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Spread into greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle 1/4 C. (or a little more) semi-sweet chocolate chips on top and bake for 40-50 mins. in a 325 degree pre-heated oven. Let cool, serve and enjoy!
This would be great with a little vanilla ice cream on top! We cut ours into bars and the kids called them brownies. I didn’t advertise the fact that it was zucchini cake, and I’m not sure any of them actually picked up on that. I’m so sneaky=)
Let me know what you think!!