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Chocolate Zucchini Mud Cake

Here’s a recipe from Triumph of the Lentil that I recently shared with the readers of the Portland Farmers Market Blog.  It was zucchini season here around 6 months ago and I’d found my kitchen full of zucchinis from our garden, so I invented this recipe and found that it’s especially great for using up the giant zucchinis that aren’t really good in anything else.

Don’t be fooled by the zucchini in the title, this is actually a decadent tasting mud cake.  Made in a bundt pan it is thin and crispy on the outside, and moist and dense on the inside, so much that it doesn’t need any icing or accompaniments, but to make it a bit fancier-looking you could drizzle it with melted vegan chocolate or icing.  This mixture also makes delicious muffins, making 24 medium sized ones.

Kitchen time 10-15 minutes. Baking time 60 minutes.

Gluten-free option, low fat option, nightshade-free, onion- and garlic-free, under 45 minute option

Ingredients

2 cups flour (barley, wholemeal spelt, wholewheat pastry or gluten-free)
1 3/4 cups raw sugar or rapadura
3/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
3/4 cup oil (olive, sunflower or melted coconut) or apple purée
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 – 2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

Preheat the oven to 175c (375f).

Grease and flour a large bundt pan, or some muffin tins.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, chickpea flour, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt. Break up any lumps and mix until evenly combined.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the oil, water, zucchini and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients, stirring until no traces of flour remain.

Pour into the bundt tin and bake for around an hour, until the top is firm and the knife comes out with a couple of moist crumbs (not batter!) when put through the middle of it, around 60 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the outside and invert onto a plate. Leave the bundt tin on top while it cools. Best served after it has cooled down.

For 24 muffins: bake for 20-25 minutes.

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