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
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
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.
Speaking of messes, I love a good mess picture: