Monday, August 22, 2011

You're Invited!

This time of year, the proportion of zucchini in my diet peaks, although lags slightly behind tomatoes and peaches. While I enjoy it simply prepared, roasted or sauteed, sometimes it is necessary to infuse a little something extra. My fellow DC bloggers, Victoria of the District Chocoholic and Valerie of City|Life|Eats, have invited any interested blogger to participate in a Zucchini Chocolate Blog Party. Yes, you heard me right, a celebration of two spectacular edibles!
The idea is to share a recipe of your choice that involves chocolate and zucchini. It can be sweet or savory, use any type chocolate or summer squash, and ascribe to one of four challenges:
  • Challenge: A recipe using chocolate and zucchini
  • Plant-Based Challenge: A vegan recipe using chocolate and zucchini
  • Gluten-Free Challenge: A gluten-free recipe using chocolate and zucchini
  • Ultimate Challenge: A vegan and gluten-free recipe using chocolate and zucchini
Based on my track record, you can probably guess what I chose. My situation was complicated slightly due to the fact that I am residing at my parental units' home, but I managed to scrounge up a few ingredients and make use of the large patty-pan squash from Sunday's farmers market. Some leftover frozen cherry halves were icing on the cake. Enjoy!

Chococherry Zucchini Cookies (yields 12ish large, vg, gf)
1 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup vegetable oil (can substitute applesauce for lower-fat version)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown or turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond meal
2/3 cup oat flour (or other gluten-free flour)
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Cherry halves - about a dozen

1. Grate zucchini into a bowl. Add oil, sugars, extract, and cocoa powder, mixing until uniform.
2. Combine rest of the dry ingredients until it all comes together. For cookies, the dough should be pretty thick, so add more oat flour as needed. If you decide to make mini cakes, it can be a little more batter-like.
3. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough onto a lined cookie sheet. Press a thumb into the center of the cookie, and the place a cherry half in the dent.
4. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until outside of cookie set. Allow to cool before consuming... or, plop a scoop of vanilla soy ice cream on top and dig right in!

I think this is one of those "bake your cake and eat it too" moments.


Victoria said...

Oh I love it - zucchini, chocolate, AND cherries. Yes!

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

Yum. This looks fantastic!! Thank you for submitting this recipe to the Zucchini Chocolate Party!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I might be in the plop some ice cream on top and start eating group! ;-) These look delicious. LOVE the ingredients. Came over from Valerie's! :-)