Nothing says spring like the bright flavor of lemon! Lemon Poppyseed Zucchini Bread uses half all-purpose and half spelt flour for healthier quick bread. Let’s take a look at what spelt flour is and how to bake with it!
Why and How to Use Spelt Flour?
By including a little whole grain flour in baked goods, you can get some new and unique textures and flavors that will improve the overall taste of whatever you’re baking – especially if you experiment with the proportions.
Spelt flour is an ancient whole grain flour that has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. It adds a nice touch to quick breads, pancakes and muffins. In this zucchini bread I used half all-purpose and half spelt – this 50/50 ratio can vary depending on what you’re baking, sometimes you’ll want to go lighter on the whole grain. That’s for you to play around with!
Have you ever seen spelt flakes?
They’re just like rolled oats, but have a nuttier flavor than plain oats!
Worth a try for sure!
Zucchini bread is an excellent candidate for incorporating whole grain flour because the moisture in zucchini keeps bread from getting to dry and using lighter whole grain flours – like spelt – keeps your bread fluffier.
Whole grains provide a boost of protein as well as vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, manganese, zinc, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins to name a few.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup spelt flour
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbs lemon zest
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tsp Rodelle lemon extract
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 cup (packed) shredded zucchini, squeezed dry (about ¾ of a medium zucchini)
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- Prep the Zucchini: grate the zucchini, wrap in a few paper towels and squeeze the liquid out. Lay out on a flat paper towel to dry further while you prep the other ingredients. You can reserve any extra zucchini for my Zucchini Bread Oatmeal!
- Place all dry ingredients (flours through lemon zest) in a small mixing bowl - toss to combine.
- In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, lemon extract, yogurt and egg yolks. Using a hand mixer, blend until incorporated. Gently mix in zucchini.
- Add bowl of dry ingredients to the wet. Mix by hand until just incorporated.
- In another small bowl, beat the egg whites until white and foamy.
- Fold the egg whites slowly + gently into the batter. This step helps keep the bread light & fluffy.
- Bake at 350 in a well greased standard loaf pan (8.5" x 4.5") for 40-45 min.
- A toothpick inserted in the middle should pull out moist crumbs.
How to grate a zucchini? Then squeeze it!
Remember that zucchini is mostly water – if you have experience growing zucchini, you know the day after a rainstorm zucchini grows overnight into a monstrous size – it’s kind of like the Incredible Hulk! (I used to love that show!) Anyhow, you need to squeeze that water out so that you’re not adding liquid into the batter. A coarse, medium size grate is perfect for baked goods and will end up a lot smaller once the moisture is reduced.
To easily draw the moisture out, just place the zucchini shreds on a paper towel, fold up the sides and work your arm muscles! Squeeze it over the sink until it stops dripping. Place the shreds out on a dry paper towel until ready to use.
These artisan extracts make an awesome gift!
Tips on How to Make Zucchini Bread Healthier
- Substitute whole grain flour for part of the recipe like I’ve done here.
- Swap the canola oil for unsweetened applesauce in a 1-to-1 ratio.
- Replace the eggs with flax eggs – 3 Tbs water + 1 Tbs ground flax = 1 flax egg
- Opt out of the sugar glaze.