Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake



Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you like carrots in your muffins, avocado in your smoothies...

Zucchini in your cake?

I say yes to all. And if the zucchini cake also has chocolate, I'm definitely in. 

Doesn't it look good? 


Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It would look better if it didn't have zookiny in it.

WAIT A MINUTE!! I did NOT say that! My computer was hijacked! 

I just showed the picture above to Junior Goo Shoes. He took my laptop and typed the "zookiny" thing. I BLOGGY-SWEAR to you that is exactly what happened. 

After we both stopped cracking up, I decided, what the heck, I'd leave it in. I wasn't sure what I was going to write about anyway.  


Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Hopefully, you will be able to look past his comment, and agree that it's a pretty good looking snack cake. 

I mean, it's not going to win any beauty contests, or be voted "Best Looking." You would not make this to impress your future mother-in-law. It's not the kind of cake that you'd bake to for people to "ooh" and "aah" over.

But when you want something fairly healthy to snack on, or for a casual brunch, this is your cake.

 Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Like many of my healthy recipes, this one comes from the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook. Remember when I had a friend over for brunch and I made that Tomato, Basil and Kale Frittata? I made this cake for dessert. She liked it so much, I gave her some to take home. She sent me this email:



She clearly didn't mind that it had "zookiny" in it. 

When you make it, note that the "frosting" is made from melted chocolate chips (much healthier than sugary frosting). Once the chocolate sets, it will harden (I've shown photos both ways). 


Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


So, it's best to eat the cake within an hour or two after you frost it.  However, you can easily microwave individual pieces for 20-30 seconds to re-melt the chocolate. I like it better that way.

Without further ado...la recipe.


Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI SNACK CAKE
(recipe by Flat Belly Diet Cookbook)


1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat an 11' x 8" baking pan with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk the eggs, sugar, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.  Whisk in the zucchini and 1 1/2 cups of the chips.  Stir into the flour mixture just until blended. Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups chips over the cake.  Spread with a small spatula as they melt to form an icing, placing back into the warm oven, if needed, for about 1 minute. 

Makes 12 servings (361 calories per serving). 

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When Junior Goo Shoes went to bed, I thanked him for giving me something to write about. 

 "That'll be $5 a word."

Sheesh, that kid is too much. But he does keep me laughing.

Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes







LINKING WITH: 
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Weekend Bloggy Reading
Let's Get Real   
Whimsy Wednesday
Home Sweet Home  
Best of the Weekend 
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52 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever heard of this kind of cake before. It actually does look good. I'm assuming that you don't actually taste the zucchini. I must admit I love anything with chocolate, so I would probably like this cake.

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    1. Just think of it as a twist on zucchini bread, but the texture is slightly different because of the whole wheat flour. You cannot taste the zucchini at all. With all the chocolate, that's what you really taste!

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  2. I have no problem eating cake with zookiny in it. :)

    Years ago I taught in a school that served Chocolate Beatnik Cake and it actually had beets in it. No one would have ever guessed. It was delicious!

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    1. I have heard about cakes with beets in it, but never had it. I am sure I would not have a problem with that!

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  3. Oh, you are a temptress par excellence! ;-)
    Good thing I have no chocolate in the house because if I had, I'd be swinging the beater right now, at 11PM (I got zucchini!).

    I really like that healthy whole-thing touch. Next, whole chocolate chips?
    Cheers and good night from Vienna,
    where a poor little girl has to go to bed, dreaming of chocolate-zucchini healthy somethings,
    Merisi

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    1. I know I replied to this a few days ago, but where oh where did the comment go? I've been have some computer issues, and it may have just quit right while the comment was processing. Anyway, yes, that's me - a temptress! I like that role. I like the healthy thing, too. Now when are they going to come up with a healthy version of ice cream???

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  4. Amy, I haven't made zookiny cake before, but I do love zucchini cake/bread. I think it makes great snack if made with no chocolate frosting (and a perfect treat when made WITH chocolate). I can tell from the pictures it is fluffy and light. I like to bake with buttermilk/yogurt, they give cakes such a light texture.

    I plan on making it soon. Cinnamon and nutmeg might be great in this too!

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    1. I love zucchini bread, too. This has a somewhat different texture -- a little less moist -- because of the whole wheat flour. Yes, this is a treat with the chocolate, and I force myself to stop after one piece! I agree, buttermilk and yogurt are wonderful in baked goods.

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  5. OHmygosh that looks to die for. I love the combo!

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  6. You are killing me with that melted chocolate. It looks scrumptious! What a great way to sneak in some veggies.

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    1. And the best part is that you don't taste the zucchini!

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  7. That looks like a wonderful recipe. I have one but it is quite a bit different. I am copying this down to use when I have an overabundance of zucchini-xo Diana

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Diana. It's a bit different than a zucchini bread because of the whole wheat flour.

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  8. I used to make alot of zucchini bread late summer so I am quite sure this cake would be good. I think the zucchini adds to the moistness in recipes like these ...yum! :)

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    1. I love zucchini bread, and this is very similar - but the texture is a little different because of the whole wheat flour. The zucchini does keep it moist, though.

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  9. Oh yum! You make everything look so good.
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! I was worried that it wasn't very "fancy" looking but, it is a good, unfussy cake. Well, except for the melted chocolate, which helps a lot!

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  10. This looks and sounds delicious - thank you! Though to make it healthier, I would forego using the vanilla yogurt and use plain yogurt instead (no added sugar or chemicals) and add vanilla extract. And use a healthy oil such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil instead of canola. I'm trying to think what I could use instead of white sugar...maybe I'll experiment with a little bit of sugar but mostly raw honey.

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    1. I'd love to hear how it turns out with the substitutions! Thanks so much for stopping by, and leaving a comment, Melanie!

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  11. I like zucchini cake... But mine isn't with chocolate chips... On my list of cakes to try, then!

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    1. Everything is better with chocolate, isn't it ;) It definitely makes this cake very tasty!

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  12. Yummy! Anything with chocolate is a winner in my book.
    Mary Alice

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    1. I'm reading that same book you are, Mary Alice! The chocolate is a winner book :)

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  13. I hope you understood that my comment was meant tongue-in-cheek, felt very tempted and desperate imagining the great taste of that zucchini chocolate cake!
    Believe or not, the morning after, a friend brought along two bags of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips, at 72 oz. each. She had shlepped them in her carry-on luggage all the way from DC! Friends forever. ;-)

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    1. Of course I understood, Merisi! That is too funny, about your friend shlepping the chocolate! That is a very good friend! My friend once brought back home-made baklava all the way from Greece that Aunt made. Not quite as heavy as the chips, though!

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  14. Your cake looks great. I love chocolate anything. I will oooh & aaaah over your cake. My kids love zucchini to so we've got to give it a try. Thanks for your recipe and also thanks for sharing it with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.
    Angel

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    1. Aw, thank you for oohing and aaahing over my cake! I do hope you try it, and enjoy it!

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  15. Okay, I'm in! That has to be delicious and I'm printing the recipe as we speak!! Ahhh..chocolate~

    Nancy

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    1. Enjoy it, Nancy! I froze some and I am going to have it for breakfast tomorrow.

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  16. You know I was completely fine - until I hit the photo with the chocolate icing - and now I'm sitting here drooling -
    so first I'm pinning - and then I'm running downstairs to look for chocolate...............
    XOXO

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    1. I hope you found some chocolate, Suzan! It's really good when the chocolate is still soft, or softened up in the microwave. Are you still drooling?

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  17. Oh, I love zookiny (lol) bread, and this one looks delicious! Chocolate! ♥ I am soooo glad you brought this to Treasure Box Tuesday- PINNED! :)

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    1. Thanks, Joy! It's a slightly different texture than other zucchini breads because of the whole wheat flour. Thanks for hosting the party!

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  18. Your cake sounds delicious – I’m copying the recipe. I have been experimenting making brownies with chocolate chips, orange juice and Grand Marnier. But I’m going to visit the small grand kids, so your cake would be healthier for them…

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    1. Oooh, those brownies sound interesting! Hope the grand kids enjoy the zucchini cake!

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  19. Thanks for the recipe. I also feel very special to be quoted in your blog. Again, it was delicious and will try to make it myself.

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    1. Well, that's because you ARE special! Glad you enjoyed the cake...let me know if you make it, and how it comes out.

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  20. Love this recipe! Full of chocolate and healthy zucchini - what a combination. Thanks for sharing this on your #simplybebetsy gallery.
    Sharon and Denise

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    1. Considering it is cake, it's actually pretty healthy!

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  21. Yum, this looks absolutely delicious! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  22. It amazes me how versatile "zookiny" is :) Thanks for sharing with Let's Get Real this week!

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    1. Happy to share, Nicole! Sorry I'm a bit late responding to your comment!

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  23. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing with the Let's Get Real party. I'm pinning it to our group board.

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    1. Thanks so much, Gaye! Sorry it took me so long to respond!

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  24. Definitely Pinning this! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  25. This sounds - and looks - so good! Anything with chocolate is a winner with me!

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