Hot mess bread

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.
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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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