I feel like I should buy stock in Greek yogurt. Fage specifically.
Since Costco opened by us over a year ago I’m pretty sure I’ve bought a giant tub of 0% Fage 2-3 times a month. I can’t keep it in the fridge! We use it for “normal” yogurt (mixed with vanilla stevia drops and fresh fruit), in coffee yogurt, as a substitute for sour cream, as a delicious sauce for pasta, and also in my baked goods.
We’ve all seen those Pinterest banners with the things you can sub greek yogurt for. I think my favorite is for the oil in baked goods. It works beautifully especially in muffins and breads. You can cut the calories and fat and amp up the protein content so easily, without anyone knowing the difference.
The greek yogurt and zucchini combo make this bread super moist. It’s perfectly sweet, dense and spicy. And the chocolate chips put it over. the. top.
I ended up using half brown sugar and half stevia high fiber baking blend to cut the sugar content. If you don’t care, or don’t have stevia/splenda baking blends, brown sugar + white sugar will work just fine. Promise.
Oh yeah, and yes, that is a whole tablespoon of cinnamon. Don’t worry. Just do it. It works in the best way possible.
So if you are a better gardener than I am, and have giant zucchini on your hands that you don’t know what to do with – make this bread. And then send it to me, because mine’s all gone.
Zucchini bread with greek yogurt & chia seeds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Ingredients (2 loaves)
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ c warm water
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 c white sugar (or equivalent sugar substitute)
- 1/4 c canola oil
- 3/4 c plain greek yogurt
- 1 t vanilla
- 2½ c grated zucchini
- 3 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 T baking powder
- ½ t baking soda
- 1 T cinnamon
- 2 t nutmeg
- 1 t sea salt
- 3/4 c chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 c finely chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease two loaf pans.
Mix together chia seeds and warm water.
Add sugar, oil, greek yogurt, and vanilla; beat well.
Add grated zucchini; stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients.
Add dry mixture to wet and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened and everything is incorporated evenly; some lumps are fine. If adding additional mix-ins, fold them in now.
Divide batter between prepared pans.
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes, or until cooked through.
Let cool completely before serving.