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baffled111 02-19-2007 12:44 PM

Favorite Lo-Cal Recipes
Hi everyone,
I thought it might be nice to share our favorite lo-cal recipes, so as to inspire one another. Below is one of my favorite dessert treats: Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Made with 1/2 sugar and 1/2 splenda, it's 114 calories per slice; made with all sugar, it's 144 calories per slice. And it contains chocolate chips! The texture is better with all sugar, but it's pretty darn good either way.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or sub 1/2 cup of w.w. flour for extra fiber)
5tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
tsp baking soda
tsp baking powder
tsp salt
cup white sugar
cup splenda (or more white sugar)
1 egg
cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking power and salt; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, splenda and egg, and beat until well blended. Add the applesauce and vanilla. Stir in the zucchini and then add the dry ingredients. Mix until just moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips and spoon the mixture into the loaf pan.

Bake in preheated over for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The calories above are based on cutting the bread into 13 slices. I like to eat it warm spread with just a little Brummel margarine. It's delicious!

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