Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese

Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com Today I want to share a healthier twist on a classic zucchini bread, which is gluten free, grain free, and paleo friendly. Introducing Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese, high in fiber, and protein sans dense or refined carbohydrates. I don’t know about you, but I naturally gravitate towards warm, comforting, carbohydrate-rich foods in the fall and winter seasons. Therein lies a problem, typically most of us get a little carried away eating too many carbohydrates than our bodies need (especially if you’re not active!) and with the  fall and winter holiday treats approaching us, this is a time to be even more mindful. So let’s enjoy and feel guilt-free about this bread indulgence!

I remember as a little me, my mother making fresh zucchini bread towards the end of the summer due to our overgrowth of zucchini in the garden. It was one of those smells and experiences that always floods my mind in the late summer early fall when the smell in the air changes and the crisp mornings ensue. This is the time of year I crave warm and delicious banana or zucchini breads just like she used to make (and still does!). Several months ago I introduced the Grain-free Banana Bread with Cinnamon Cashew Cheese Spread as an homage to my mothers recipe, now it’s the zucchinis turn!

A classic way to serve banana or zucchini breads is to top them with a rich and sweet cream cheese or some type of sweet fluffy topping, which is a perfect flavor and texture combination with the spongey zucchini bread. Naturally, when I was thinking of remaking this recipe with a dairy-free twist for me, I thought of how I can keep the integrity of this classic experience and still meet my dietary preferences (gluten free and dairy free). Now of course, if dairy works for you feel free to use a real cream cheese, but give this Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese a try first- it won’t disappoint!

Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com

Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread
 
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A high protein, lower carbohydrate grain-free (paleo friendly) take on the classic zucchini bread, topped with cashew cream cheese!
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Recipe type: Bread, bakery
Cuisine: Bread
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 3 zucchinis (about 3 cups total: 1 cup shredded, remaining cups pureed)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cold pressed organic coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease (with coconut oil/butter) a bread loaf pan (or you could use muffin tin for muffins).
  3. Shred the zucchini with a grater or food processor with the shred blade (you will want 1 cup of this total).
  4. With the remaining zucchini, puree in a blender.
  5. Combine all the wet ingredients (vanilla, eggs, coconut oil/butter, zucchini) into a bowl with a hand mixer (or of course your trusty Vitamix).
  6. Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl (coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon).
  7. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients.
  8. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the batter has come together.
  9. Pour the dough into your lightly greased pan.
  10. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes (depending on your oven settings, mine took about 45min.). Check after 30 minutes. Note all oven settings are different, and this bread may require longer baking times than others.
  11. Let set and cool (this is the hard part!).
  12. Slice and serve with a spread of Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, peanut butter, almond butter, jam… the possibilities are endless!
Notes
This is a very delicate bread, be careful when taking it out of the bread pan and allowing it to cool completely before cutting.
Store in the fridge after eating.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/10th recipe Calories: 200 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 20 (net 14) Sugar: 12 Fiber: 6 Protein: 8

Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com

The Grain-free Banana Bread was served with Cinnamon Cashew Butter, recently I shared with you the Classic Cashew Cheese used for more savory dishes, and now below is the sweet version I use as a basic cream cheese. This Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese can be used with any sweet dish, dipping fruit, spreading on toast with cinnamon, dolloped on a Simply Oat Pancake, etc.

Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese // nutritionstripped.com

Sweet Cashew Cream Cheese
 
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A non-dairy sweet, thick, and creamy cashew cream cheese to be used like classic cream cheeses.
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Cuisine: dip
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¼ cup local honey (use stevia to taste for sugar free option)
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews for at least 2 hours or until softened.
  2. Simply blend all the ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender/food processor until thick and creamy.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
  4. Keep for 5-7 days.
  5. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite topping on Zucchini bread? Do you have many zucchinis left from the summer season?

Have a sweet day!

xo McKel

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Comments

    • says

      Hi Kylie!
      Yes the skin on the zucchini’s blended will create a little bit of a green color- if you don’t like that simply peel away the outside of the zucchini next time OR use all shredded zucchini and no pureed. It still tastes delicious to me ;)

  1. Isabella says

    Hi , I love your website ,
    Quick question , are your oven temps in Celsius or farreinheit and is your oven fan assisted ? Thanks ! I can’t wait to try this )) I made your pancakes today and they were great ))

  2. maria says

    I made this yesterday (during the ice storm)… Not bad for my 1st try ever. . And my boys 3,4,6yrs. Old love it!! Especially mt youngest. .it was my first time making any of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing your genius recipes.

  3. Sam says

    I made a modified version of this today to accommodate an even more stringent diet plan that I must follow, and I loved it! Definitely going to try using this to make banana bread next time. Can’t wait to check out some more of your recipes :)

  4. Maja Popov says

    I made this bread last Saturday and it tasted delicious! I have a couple of questions. What’s the best way to store it and how long should it be good for? I kept it in a bread bin and last night (so on Tuesday) I had to to throw about a quarter of the loaf in the bin as there were already a few mouldy bits on it. My bread came out also a bit wet in the middle even though it was nice and brown on the outside.

    • says

      Hi Maja,
      I store the bread in the fridge for up to a week, it will mold and go bad if you keep it out at room temperature for storage. Next time, try making it will a little less liquid, it sounds like it could’ve been too wet or not baked long enough. Hope that helps! xx mckel

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