Note: This post first appeared August 3, 2012; the recipe has been edited slightly to include some additional notes, a quick how to video (posted above) along with updated photography. The text is original and 4 years old (I can push press more than twice that weight now – woot!) and therefore slightly cringe worthy but, I assure you the paleo almond zucchini bread is still killer.
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This paleo almond zucchini bread is slightly crunchy on the outside and super moist on the inside. It’s the perfect way to use up summer zucchini.
Pretty much everyone makes zucchini bread around this time of year.
They run the gamut from super savory to sickly sweet as people try to justify it as healthy because it’s got vegetables in it. Yeah, that cup of sugar is totally balanced out by the grated zucchini, keep telling yourself that.
I actually think the coolest thing about the paleo diet is playing around with baked goods. It’s a challenge and when I can win them, I like challenges. When I fail and I can only push press 65 pounds while everyone around me is doing at least 25 pounds more than that, I get frustrated and want to throw things. Luckily, the weights in crossfit are rubber and the bread turned out awesome so no knives were flying around the kitchen.
I got lazy making my almond flour and definitely didn’t grind it as fine as I should’ve. It resulted in the best texture though, think somewhere between chopped nuts and sifted flour. Crunchy, but not too much that it doesn’t feel like bread. Contrasted with the moistness from the zucchini…perfection.
I’m totally amazed at how paleo breads even work. Like how do ground up almonds actually rise in the oven? I know that baking soda has something to do with it (obviously), but it just seems like a hell of a lot of work for the poor baking soda compared to traditional flours.
I guess I don’t really care though as long as this is the result.
ps- spread some of spicy chocolate walnut butter on a slice of this paleo almond zucchini bread and omg, it’s like an explosion of nutty goodness.
More paleo breads to try:
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour (or a combination of almond and cashew flour)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup grated zucchini, squeezed of excess water then measured to 1 cup
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 large banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add wet ingredients except zucchini and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Add zucchini and stir until combined.
- Pour batter into parchment lined loaf pan.
- Bake for about 35 minutes until top is browned and center of the bread is set.
- Remove from oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Remove bread from loaf pan by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper and place back on the wire rack to cool fully before slicing.