As we approach the end of summer, many of us are left contemplating the bountiful harvest of zucchini from our gardens. A seemingly endless supply can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, this glut can be a blessing in disguise for those of us who aspire to sustainable living. I recently discovered a delightful, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly recipe for coconut flour zucchini bread on a website titled Small Footprint Family. This bread not only makes for a wholesome treat but also stands as a testament to the philosophy, ‘waste not, want not.’
This bread is a delicious way of using up zucchini, and the best part is, it freezes well. So, you can savor a slice of summer even in the depths of winter. The recipe is simple, utilizing ingredients like finely shredded zucchini, coconut flour, pasture-raised eggs, raw honey or maple syrup, ripe banana, and spices, among others. The addition of apple cider vinegar and nuts of choice is optional, depending on your dietary preferences.
But the journey of zucchini doesn’t end at bread. The website also provides various ingenious ways of preserving zucchini. You can dry it, pickling it, or freeze it. Making zucchini chips in a dehydrator is an innovative way of turning your zucchini into snackable delights. Alternatively, thickly sliced zucchini can be frozen for stir-fries or sautés later in the year. You could even grate it, squeeze out the excess moisture and freeze it for use in soups, stews, muffins, and breads throughout the winter months.
The recipe can easily be adapted to make zucchini muffins as well. All you need to do is tweak the baking time slightly. The website suggests an ingenious idea. Pour the batter into silicone muffin cups and freeze the batter. Once frozen, remove the batter ‘pucks’ and store them in the freezer. When you crave a hot muffin, simply pop a few ‘pucks’ in a muffin pan and bake them. It’s simple, and it’s incredibly smart.
In conclusion, our garden’s bounty holds endless possibilities for sustainable living, and this recipe is just the beginning. It not only helps manage excess zucchini but also furnishes a nutritious treat for the whole family. I encourage you all to try this recipe and embark on your journey to self-sufficient, sustainable living. Remember, every small action contributes to a greener world, one zucchini bread at a time.