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Pumpkin Spiced(!) Zucchini Bread

3 cups flour (all purpose, or whole wheat)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 TBSP Spice by Rachel Sweet PUMPKIN SPICE MIX

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 large or 2 small zucchini

2 eggs

1 cup coconut oil (can use vegetable oil but coconut is better)

3 tsp vanilla (optional)

1 cup sugar

Put a small dollop of coconut oil in the bottom of two 8 x 4 inch pans and use a paper towel to spread the oil around. Make sure to get the corners so you can take your bread out of the pan easily later!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Measure the coconut oil into an oven safe glass dish and put it in the oven as it heats up to melt it if the temperature inside is lower than 70 degrees. Coconut oil hardens at lower temperatures so this will be unnecessary in the summertime.

Wash the zucchini and cut the flower end off. There is no need to peel as the color adds to this wonderful treat! Use a cheese grater to shred the zucchini into a bowl or onto a cutting board. Grate it right up to the top of the stem and then discard the stem. Set the grated zucchini aside.

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 tablespoon of PUMPKIN SPICE MIX, and the walnuts. Mix well.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Then add the melted oil, vanilla (optional), and sugar and mix well using a whisk or a fork.

Add the contents of the bowl containing the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Then add the grated zucchini and mix everything until well incorporated.

Pour half the batter into each of the greased baking pans. Bake for 60 minutes, and then insert a butter knife into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean or nearly clean, the bread is done. If it is sticky and coated in the batter, it needs more time. When the knife comes out clean, take the loaves out of the oven. Use potholders to hold the pans and dump the bread out onto a plate to cool. If you oiled your pans well the bread should come right out! Slice and eat while still warm or microwave for a few seconds for that fresh from the oven taste!



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