After one of our trips away, we came home to this recently:
Why yes, those are indeed three freakishly huge zucchini! We began trying to figure out all sorts of ways to fix them in which we wouldn't just get bored, and one of the first thoughts was cookies. I've made them before, and the recipe I use is kind of a combo of a few with some tweaks to make them a good bit healthier. Here are your ingredients:
3/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. grated zucchini, drained
1 c. chocolate chips
First, cream together the butter and sugar. Then, add your egg and vanilla, and beat well. Add flour--I use whole wheat because it's healthier than all-purpose, but it will also make it "breadier". You can switch back if you'd like, but this still tastes delicious! With the flour, add the baking powder and soda, cinnamon, and salt. Beat the entire mixture together. In a colander, make sure your grated zucchini is drained a bit--squeeze it against the sides. When it seems not so drippy, add it and the chocolate chips, blend entire concoction, and scoop out spoonfuls on a greased cookie tray. Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes. They should be nice and moist because of the zucchini (it still holds a lot of water), and with far less sugar than the competing recipes, they should be healthier while still tasting great!
To make it even healthier--add in steel cut oats or nuts. Be sure to soften the oats for a bit ahead of time, and you'll still probably have to bake a bit longer. But they'll add some awesome fiber and protein.
I hope you guys all have an awesome weekend full of family fun and sun! Of course, don't get too much sun in the Southeast, or you may look like this:
Any big plans for you this weekend?