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Wheat-free, Oil-free Zucchini Bread
Recipe from Cathy Fisher and her excellent blog, Straight Up Food!, where you'll find an array of vegan recipes without added salt, oil, or sugar. ©2013 Cathy Fisher. Reprinted with permission.

It's the perfect time of year for zucchini bread, and this recipe sure does it the right way.

10 Medjool dates, pitted & chopped
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup dry millet
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground (dry) ginger
1 3/4 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated apple (unpeeled)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped



1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a small bowl, cover the chopped dates with the non-dairy milk and set aside to soak.
2) Dry ingredients: grind oats and millet into flour in your blender (a high-speed blender will do a finer job) and place into a bowl. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
3) Wet ingredients: In a new bowl, place the grated zucchini and apple, and vanilla. Blend the dates and the non-dairy milk until very smooth, then add this
mixture to the new bowl and mix with a fork.
4) Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, folding in the chopped walnuts at the end. Pour into one standard size loaf pan (9x5-inch) lined with parchment paper, or use a silicone baking pan.
5) Bake the loaf for 65-70 minutes uncovered. The bread will be done when the top of the loaf is an even medium brown -- and there should be cracks in the top too. When you remove the loaf from the oven to test for doneness, insert a toothpick deeply. If it comes out clean, the loaf is done. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan, then let the loaf cool further on a cutting board for another 10-15 minutes before slicing.

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