Foodie Friday: Breakfast Makeover- Vanilla Spice Zucchini Bread

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This week is all about taking unhealthy breakfast dishes and making them nutritious AND delicious! I LOVE breakfast, like really love it! It is by far my most favorite meal of the day.  I look forward to waking up and brewing myself a big cup of coffee and enjoying my breakfast before the kids get up.  It is my special little alone time that I get to actually savor a meal and sit and “relax” for 5 minutes- maybe 20 if I am lucky.  

Foodie Friday: Breakfast Makeover

My favorite thing to enjoy with coffee is a piece of bread with a little bit of almond butter.  Most days I just throw a piece of gluten free toast in the toaster oven but when I have time to bake I like to make my own bread, especially of the seasonal variety.  In this case my latest bread recipe being  Vanilla Spice Zucchini Bread.  It really is just so scrumptious especially with a cup ‘o’ joe! 

Vanilla Spice Zucchini Bread | #GlutenFree

Most of the recipes I have found for zucchini bread are full of unhealthy ingredients like sugar and vegetable oil so in order to give this a healthified (is that even a word?) makeover, I substituted in some applesauce for oil and added a scoop of protein for some nutritional value, flavor and good measure  😉 

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Foodie Friday: Vanilla Spice Zucchini Bread #GlutenFree



Doesn’t this bread look just delightful for breakfast?

Vanilla Spice Zucchini Bread
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  2. 2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  4. 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Vega)
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 mashed banana
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  11. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup shredded zucchini, patted dry
  13. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl combine and mix dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl mix mash the banana, add whipped eggs and mix.
  4. Mix in apple sauce and extract.
  5. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients making sure to mix well.
  6. Once combined, gently mix in zucchini and walnuts.
  7. Pour mixture into a greased bread tin and bake for approximately 45 mins. May have to bake a few minutes longer just to ensure bread is done throughout.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Enjoy!
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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply September 5, 2014

I still haven't tried courgette bread, but it looks delicious.
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted...Comment on Healthier Chocolate Cake by DanniiMy Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    Thank you! It was so tasty I already ate it all :)

Reply September 5, 2014

I love, adore zucchini bread. I'm going to be posting a recipe for chocolate protein zucchini bread next week! I consider this its nice twin :D
SuzLyfe recently posted...Pre Race and Horse Show Rituals #FridayFiveMy Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    Hahahahaha, that's awesome! I can't wait to see your recipe and try it out! Yay! :D

Reply September 5, 2014

Waaaaa that sounds delicious!!! I love zucchini bread & have actually been thinking about making some while I can still get monstrous delicious zucchinis. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!!

    Reply September 5, 2014

    The zucchinis I got from my mom's garden were HUGE so I had to find some way to use them up and this was perfect! Let me know what you think if you make it :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply September 5, 2014

I have yet to try zucchini bread, but you bet when I do it's going to be this recipe!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted...Five Race Day RitualsMy Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    I just can't believe you have never tried zucchini bread! Let me know what you think of it if you make it! ;)

Reply September 5, 2014

This looks amazing!

Reply September 5, 2014

I totally love you Annmarie, you post the most amazing things! You read my mind- I need something I can bake and then take with me to work- esp since my schedule will change soon to have me coming in at 5!! Eek!
Montana recently posted...Foodie Friday: Blueberry Paleo PancakesMy Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    Haha, I totally love you too Montana! Mostly because I think we are pretty much the same person :P I am happy I was able to come up with something that could help with your early morning departure from the house. Five AM is seriously way too early to be at work!

Emily @ Whatever Floats Your Oats
Reply September 5, 2014

This looks so good! I don't bake very much since my body doesn't handle sugar very well but this bread looks like something I could do. Thank you!
Emily @ Whatever Floats Your Oats recently posted...My favorite healthy breakfast – Overnight Oats!My Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    My body doesn't handle sugar very well either, really which is why I always sub out honey/syrup, etc for protein powder. It gives it flavor plus fills me up for longer!

Cassandra @PoweredByBling
Reply September 5, 2014

I love zucchini bread - albeit it is best with creamy grassfed butter smeared all over it, but I like your idea of the almond butter. I never thought of using a scoop or two of protein powder into it. I'm trying this next time I make know when the garden yields that last push of a million and one zucchinis!
Cassandra @PoweredByBling recently posted...Foodie Friday Breakfast Makeover: Egg-less, Dairy-Free Homemade WafflesMy Profile

    Reply September 5, 2014

    Yay! Let me know how you like it! It is definitely the time of year for zucchini ;)

Reply September 5, 2014

Oh em gee! I just need zucchini and I can make this too! *-* I've never made zucchini bread before but have always wanted to try! :]

I use "healthified" all the time. It should be a word if it isn't already. :O
Farrah recently posted...Foodie Friday: Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Cookies ‘N’ Creme French ToastMy Profile

    Reply September 6, 2014

    I am so happy that you acknowledge "healthified" as a word- I often think I just make these things up! :P

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