I had a craving for zucchini bread but wanted to come up with a recipe I could share. Since I knew nothing would compete with Grandma’s recipe I decided to do something different. I made a healthier yet totally delicious version with a twist.
The result is a zucchini pumpkin bread made with white whole wheat flour. By using pumpkin purée (which I found in my freezer from last year’s garden harvest) I was able to greatly cut down the amount of oil. And of course the white whole wheat flour is more nutritious than regular AP flour. Then to make it a special treat for the kiddos I came up with a creamy and fluffy cinnamon filling.
The recipe makes 24 sandwiches, 12 per loaf of bread. You could easily freeze one loaf and save it for later. That is what I usually do. Nothing like having an emergency treat in the freezer to thaw! Hope you enjoy it as much as the boys and I do!
Whole Wheat Zucchini Pumpkin Bread Sandwiches
3 c. white whole wheat flour
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. pumpkin purée
3 Tbs. canola oil
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. grated zucchini
6 oz. package Laughing Cow cinnamon cream flavored cheese, warmed to room temperature
8 oz. package whipped topping
Preheat oven to 350 and grease two loaf pans. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl whip the eggs until frothy. Mix in the pumpkin, oil, sugar, vanilla and zucchini. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until everything is mixed together, being careful not to over mix. Divide evenly in two loaf pans. Bake for an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the filling remove wrapping from all the cheese wedges. Place the cheese in a mixing bowl and whip for about two minutes on medium speed of a mixer. Add the whipped topping and whip it all together until well blended.
Once the bread is cooled cut each loaf into 12 slices. Cut each slice in half, cover one half with filling and put other half on top to make a sandwich.
Yields 24 sandwiches (two loaves of bread plus filling)