Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Recipe

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One of my favorite ways to use up an abundance of zucchini is to make this dark chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe.

The zucchini and the coconut oil in the bread make the texture rich and moist, and the chocolate is so decadent and delicious that is seems more like a chocolate bread than a zucchini bread, so it’s a great recipe for converting vegetable-haters and picky eaters too!

I decided to call this recipe a dark chocolate chip zucchini bread because it doesn’t really look like your typical zucchini bread recipe. You can’t see the zucchini at all (even though there are two cups of it in there), and the color is dark like the color of chocolate cake.

I found this recipe in with my grandmother’s collection of old recipes, and I believe it was one of my great aunt’s recipes. The original recipe calls for raisins and nuts, so you could certainly use those in the recipe if you like, but my mother and I have always substituted chocolate chips in the recipe due to our incurable chocolate addiction 🙂 

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Scarborough Fair Maple-Glazed Carrots

Scarborough fair maple-glazed carrots

Everything is better with maple syrup, and these maple-glazed carrots are no exception!

These carrots are rich and buttery with savory herbs and caramelized in plenty of maple syrup to bring out their natural sweetness.

I decided to call these carrots Scarborough Fair carrots because this recipe uses all of the herbs mentioned in the song “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?” – parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

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Rustic Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cider Maple Buttercream

These rustic apple cider cupcakes have warm spices and pieces of apple and they are topped with an apple cider buttercream frosting made with maple syrup

Nothing says fall quite like the combination of apples and spices. These rustic spiced apple cupcakes are a blend of sweet apples and warm spices, and the maple and apple cider buttercream frosting is the perfect complement for them.

Are these cupcakes healthy ones? The answer to that is yes and no. It really depends on how you define healthy. These are homemade cupcakes made with all-natural real food ingredients like butter and eggs and fresh apples, so in that sense they are definitely a much healthier option than a store bought cupcake or something made from a packaged cake mix. 

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Old-Fashioned Maple-Sweetened Spiced Applesauce

This maple sweetened spiced applesauce recipe is a simple way to enjoy the flavor of fresh apples, and it's really easy to make!

One of my favorite things to make each fall is a big batch of old-fashioned applesauce. This spiced applesauce recipe is one I love to make because it uses several traditional autumn spices and because it’s sweetened with just enough maple syrup to give a hint of maple flavor.

You can use any type of apples for making this applesauce, but in my opinion, it tastes even better when you use fresh-picked apples from an orchard or a local farm stand. There’s nothing quite like the flavor of apples picked right off the tree!

I used a couple of different apple varietites when I made this recipe, including traditional favorites like Mackintosh and Cortland as well as a few lesser-known heirloom varieties like Golden Russet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Wolf River.

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Old-Fashioned Raspberry Shrub Drink Recipe

This 19th century raspberry shrub drink using a mix of fresh raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and sugar to create a drink that's both tangy and sweet.

Before modern sodas and bottled juices became so commonplace, shrub drinks were popular beverages because they were a way to enjoy a flavored drink and also to preserve the summer harvest of fruits like raspberries and currants.

This raspberry shrub drink recipe comes from a 19th century cookbook written during a time when shrub drinks were especially popular because of the temperance movement. While some shrub recipes contain rum, many 19th century shrub recipes use apple cider vinegar as a non-alcoholic substitute.

To make this drink, you start by making a syrup with fresh raspberries, vinegar, and sugar, and then you add as much or as little of the syrup as you like to a glass of water, so you can customize how strong you want it to be. The flavor is a blend of tangy and sweet, and it tastes like summertime.

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Grandmother’s Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cake Recipe

This old-fashioned gingerbread cake recipe has a rich flavor with spices and molasses and a soft cake-like texture | ourheritageofhealth.com

There are few dessert recipes that seem quite as traditional as old-fashioned gingerbread cake.

Next to fruitcake and plum pudding, gingerbread is one of the quintessential old-fashioned desserts for the holiday season, but it’s also delicious at any time of the year. Even though we usually tend to think of gingerbread as a holiday dessert, in earlier centuries, gingerbread was often served for special occasions throughout the year, like Muster Day, for example.

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