I love zucchini bread and was really intrigued when I came across this recipe for zucchini sweet potato bread. Sweet potatoes in a quick bread? Why not! This is a very autumn-ish loaf but we've had a cold spring so one wintry day last week I decided to make this bread. It was AMAZING - I think it was best warm out of the oven but it's been delicious every time I've nibbled off it. If you haven't noticed, I'm more of a chocolate girl than a fruits & nuts girl. I add chocolate to most quick breads and cookies. But this one I didn't! I kept with the walnuts and cranberries and I'm SO glad I did!
Source: modified from Joy the Baker
Yields: 1 loaf
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or omit and just do 2 cups of all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup grated zucchini (about 2 zucchini)
1 1/2 cup peeled and grated sweet potato (about 1 medium or 1/2 pound sweet potato)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×5x3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- Sift the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, soda, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl.
- In a seperate, large bowl, beat the sugar, brown sugar, and oil. Add eggs one at a time, beat in vanilla extract. Mix in the zucchini and sweet potato. Add the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Fold in the nuts and cranberries and stir well.
- Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven about 65-75 minutes, until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in foil and keep at room temperature.
To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap then place in a ziploc freezer bag. Label and remove as much air as possible. You can also cut into slices before freezing then remove slices as desired (thaw/warm in microwave or toaster).