Mel’s Chocolate-Goodness Zucchini Loaf

If you have read this blog at all, you know one thing about me.  I love dark chocolate. I eat it daily for breakfast (after my two boiled eggs) because it satisfies my sweet tooth. However, on occasion, I want something different so bingo, Mel’s Chocolate-Goodness Zucchini Loaf to the rescue!

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In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to “Healthy, Healthy, Healthy” and this recipe is resting there immediately after I post.  While it isn’t gluten-free, or keto-friendly, it is considered healthy in my book and certainly very delicious.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened Hershey’s powdered cocoa

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

2 large organic eggs

3 small shredded zucchini (after peeling… I used small shredder.)

1/4 cup of olive oil (yes, olive oil!)

1/4 cup of low carb yogurt (I used Carbmaster, Cinnamon Roll flavor)

1/4 cup of Stevia in the Raw

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Canola non-stick spray

Berries for slices

Shred zucchini after peeling. Spray a small loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth.  Then, pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (based on oven differences.)

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Small shredded zucchini
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This is the type of yogurt I use for my baking loafs.
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The final slice of yummy!
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These two love smelling the loaf baking.

Cool for approximately 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with your favorite berry.

Enjoy,

Mel

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Pecan Bites – Keto Friendly

 

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Keto foods are delicious if you love butter, heavy whipping cream, and coconut.  Since I love all of these items, I really enjoy eating keto-friendly, low-carb recipes.  Most recently, I created a delightful chocolate pecan bite that isn’t too sweet, but can be sweetened to your desire with a little extra sweetener.  I use monk fruit sweetener but you could use Stevia if you prefer. These little gems aren’t difficult to make and can really jazz up your dessert options without causing too much stress on your time schedule.  I made a small batch and we ate after a Chicken Cauliflower casserole.  (I will share this recipe later.  In fact, due to adding so many keto-friendly foods, I have decided to create a category on the website to ensure those who are interested in these recipes can find them all at the click of a few selections.)

Ingredients:

2 heaping tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour

1/3 cup Coconut Flakes (Organic and unsweetened)

2 Tbsp. Salted Butter

1 heaping tablespoon Hershey’s Cocoa

1/2 cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter (nothing added but peanuts and salt)

3 oz. Cream Cheese

9 Pecan halves (for the top)

Monk Fruit Sweetener (with Erythritol) 2 Tbsp. (You can add more if you want a sweeter version.)

This is the easiest recipe ever!  You will add melted butter and cream cheese together.  Cream.  Then, add all other ingredients except for the pecan halves.  Mix well.  Make into round balls.  Then, top with pecan halves and push down to desired thickness.  Put in refrigerator until ready to eat.  Enjoy! This recipe should make 9 bites.

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Coconut Flakes are so fluffy and yummy!
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I like using this stuff for desserts.
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Calories per bite: 105, Fat per bite: 12.5, Carbs per bite: 3.5

Items you could purchase to make yours are listed below.

 

Chocolate dreams,

Mel