Hot mess bread


No, the bread’s not a hot mess. I am.

I gave up added sweets for Lent. I still don’t really know what this means, but basically I’m not adding sugar to anything, and I’m not eating things like cookies and candy that have a slippery way of sneaking into my daily diet. Fruit is ok, Larabars ok – those have sugar but only from fruit, not added sugar.

Day 3, I’m lethargic, feisty, and I snipped at lady in Starbucks because I wanted a pumpkin loaf (it’s good, people!) but ordered a grande china green tips. Sigh.

I was planning to make Zucchini bread from the Whole Foods website. Then I realized it had 3/4 cup of sugar. What to do? I could substitute honey or maple syrup, but that seems too easy. Why not just substitute honey for everything? I could see where that would go, and it would not be pretty. So I did some googling and decided to add some fruits to substitute for the sugar. I decided on some dates and banana. Hence, hot mess bread was born:

Hot mess bread (aka vegan squash banana date walnut bread), adapted from Zucchini Bread

Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (WF wants freshly grated nutmeg – who do I look like?!)
1 chia egg (1 T chia seeds soaked in 3 T water for ~10 mins)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons plain coconut yogurt
4 dates
1 banana
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup grated squash (they were out of zucchini at trader joe’s)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray an 8-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Place the dates in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer on the stove top about 6-8 minutes.


Remove from heat and remove pits from the dates, mash with a fork or process a few minutes in a food processor.


Turns out the dates didn’t make quite 3/4 of a cup, so I added a small banana and mashed together.


In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk together chia egg, oil, applesauce, yogurt, date-banana mixture and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir. Fold in zucchini and walnuts then transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until risen, about 50 minutes.

Take a zillion pictures of your hot mess bread while swatting your dog out of the way (yes, that is her nose below). Eat half of the bread in one sitting.


Speaking of messes, I love a good mess picture:


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4 thoughts on “Hot mess bread

  1. jessica says:

    AHHHHH- A dream come true for me….your newly created blog. I cant wait to read and follow and maybe even try to make one of your delicious recipes. IN LOVE ALREADY!

  2. […] I gave up added sweets for Lent (ugh – how many days left?!) I have been substituting the honey for an extra half of a banana […]

  3. johanna says:

    Yum! Marin recently fell in love with dates at John and Jane’s. I’ll have to make this for her!

  4. […] I did learn a thing or two from 40 days added-sugar-free: […]

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