The inspiration for this bread comes to us from my husband, Steve. He wanted a yummy snack with chocolate chips. Now you know, I love to bake, love love love it! I love getting dressed in an apron, I love using every bowl in the house, and I can’t help but envy the looks of admiration and adoration on the faces of those old black and white television families when the mother whips up some delicious treat. Yeah, June Cleaver here I come… Anyway, this quick bread uses healthy ingredients, no fat, and a modern convenience, the blender.
Steve’s Snack Bread
Preheat oven to 350.
2 cups of oats
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 large apple, or two smaller ones
1 small zucchini (or a large one of those ball shaped summer squashes)
1t lemon juice
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c chocolate chips
Place the first four ingredients into your blender(or food processor) and blend until finely ground like flour. Put this dry mix into a bowl. Next, place the chocolate chips into this dry mixture and stir to combine, then set this aside. Trim your squash of it’s stem and end, then core your apple(s). When presentation isn’t an issue I generally just cut chunks of the apple off of the core, leaving behind a long rectangular apple core. Put the apple and squash into your blender and then add the remaining ingredients on the list. Blend until smooth. You should have “around” 2 cups of fragrant puree.
I use a silicone loaf pan, so no prep is needed. If you are using a metal or glass loaf pan make sure that it is prepared ahead of time.
With a gentle hand stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture just until there are no dry spots left. Over-mixing lets the air escape and will result in a denser quick bread.
Bake this bread for one hour. Then, if you haven’t already, put on an apron to serve it to your family or friends. (I am pretty sure the apron is a prerequisite for the looks of adoration.)