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Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Against all odds, there are still plenty of zucchini lining up for one last hurrah at the greenmarket. Trying not to be outdone by the arrival of their bright and beguiling autumn neighbors (butternut squash! pumpkins!), the earnest zucchini seem to be calling out “buy me, buy me!” And to them, I succumb. I can put off one more week of fall produce for one last shot of zucchini–with which I will say ta-ta to summer, once and for all, with this lovely vegan zucchini cake.

1 medium zucchini
1/2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup water
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teapoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium apple, shredded
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup Sucanat or organic brown sugar
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
8 ounces soy yogurt
4 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 12 tablespoons water until gelatenous
1/4 cup light vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla

1. Shred zucchini, place in a colander to drain for 15 minutes, then squeeze excess water out.

2. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.

3. Over medium heat, cook dates, stirring, in water until you have a smooth and thick liquid.

4. In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add shredded apple, then stir in zucchini, dates, cinnamon, cocoa, Sucanat, chocolate chips, yogurt, flaxseed gel, oil and vanilla.

5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:12PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:32AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Sounds good. Thanks for the recipe.

9:03AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Thank you

10:47PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Cheers :)

11:40PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Novel combination of zucchini and chocolate! Thanks for the recipe!

12:30AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

Interesting :). Thx!

12:18AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

Sounds yummy... Can't wait to give it a go!

6:34PM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

Thank you!

1:06AM PST on Jan 29, 2010

I'm vegan, thanks so much;)

12:11PM PST on Jan 28, 2010

Yum yum yum, can't wait to have a go at baking this! Thank you!

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