Chocolate and Zucchini

by Gena on August 26, 2011

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Hello from Phoenix! I’m posting mid-travel to Portland, where Vida Vegan Con is just starting to kick off. It’ll be such an exciting weekend of blog posts, and I hope you’ll be tuning in!

Today, my very lovely and talented friend Clotilde has featured me on her blog as part of her “cooking on vacation series.” Other bloggers who have contributed while Clotilde is traveling are Heidi Swanson, author of 101 Cookbooks, and Molly Wizenberg, author of Orangette. These blogs, along with Clotilde’s, house some of the finest food writing and recipes on the web, so I’m pretty flabbergasted to be in their company. Thank you, Clotilde! If any of you are interested what tools and ingredients travel with me on vacation, what my fondest vacation cooking memories are, or if you want to hear about my most traumatizing food experience was, check it out!

While we talk about Chocolate and Zucchini, I thought I would share my favorite new smoothie recipe, which employs both. This smoothie is essentially lifted from an ingenious smoothie concoction that Valerie made just a little while ago, and which you can find here. Given my propensity to put green vegetables in just about anything, and sneak my carrot pulp into smoothies, it actually surprises me that this never occurred to me before. Valerie made her chocolate and zucchini smoothie with zucchini pulp; I just grated 3/4 cup zucchini and froze it. You could certainly do either: the result will be a delicious, filling, and veggie-ful smoothie no matter what!

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Chocolate and Zucchini Smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Serves 1

1 small frozen banana
3/4 cup grated zucchini, frozen
3/4-1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
1/3 cup blueberries (optional, but I needed to use them up before I left for NYC)

Blend all ingredients on high, and top with whatever your’e in the mood for. More cacao nibs would be great, though I was personally in the mood for the granola spin on my no-bake sunflower oat bars. It was delicious!

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This recipe could, in theory, qualify as an entry for Valerie and Victoria’s chocolate and zucchini blog party:

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A fun chocolate/zucchini recipe round up that’s going on from now till the second week of September. But since I basically copied Val’s excellent smoothie, I’ll need to come up with something a little more creative! Maybe you guys can help me with suggestions.

On that note, back in the air I go. Back with dispatches from the Pacific Northwest soon!

xo

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Kim @ vegan mama-to-be August 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Have you been to Portland before? Hope you enjoy our vegan-friendly city – let me know if you need any recommendations :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Have fun at the conference! I know lots of amazing women are going to be there, many of whom I’d love to meet in person (including you!) and Heidi. Love her and all her amazing cookbooks as well as being in the spirit and vibe of it all…but another trip for me was not a practical decision so will be glad to read your posts and others’ posts about it.

Chocolate makes everything taste better. Nuff said.

Have fun!

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles August 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Have so much fun at the conference!! I can’t wait to live vicariously through your posts. I’m pumped about this recipe! My roommate’s grandmother just gave us a two foot long zucchini from her garden.

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Ashley August 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Congrats on the guest post. That is amazing!! And wow, SUCH a good smoothie idea. Love it!! Have so much fun at the conference. Definitely wish I was going. Have fun with Sarah. :) xo!

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Victoria (District Chocoholic) August 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Nice! Chocolate and zucchini! So much of both in my kitchen right now. If we have electricity this weekend, maybe I’ll FINALLY try this smoothie…

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Hi there, new to blogger. You got me at “chocolate” hello. Have to try this one. thx xxLynda

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Lynda August 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

oops sorry! didn’t mean to be annonymous! forgive the newbie. xxLynda

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CK August 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Great article on Chocolate and Zucchini about travelling! I’ve added hemps seeds to my list for my Europe trip next week along with gluten-free bread, almond butter, quinoa, meal replacement bars, Vega bars, and probably some sort of dried fruit and/or seed mix. That with a good juice bar at the airport and I’m set!

I read all the other travel advice columns in the series.. yours was the only helpful one although the others were super cute. Makes me realize how different I eat! :) Off to eat some raw cacao beans now…

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm

You learn something new everyday – I never knew you could freeze zucchini! I put it in everything – my addiction right now is zucchini oatmeal. It’s like the bread, but in oat-form. :) Next up: this ice cream!

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Ali (urbanfruitbat) August 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Are you starting to feel like more of a real cheffer now? I think this looks lovely.
As for chocolate zucchini, I say do some raw cookies with cinnamon, ginger, cocoa and cardamon, with either pureed zucchini or grated zucchini, kinda like a play on chocolate zucchini bread!

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Baking N Books August 27, 2011 at 12:40 am

These are 2 of my favorite ingredients :)

Have a great trip!

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Amira @hungrydancers August 27, 2011 at 2:06 am

Love this! ive been trying to add spinach to my smoothies and every time I do it anyone i tell looks at me crazy! at least this isnt a bright green smoothie like mine turn out! very excited to try this tomorrow with all the zucchini in my fridge!

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Marianne August 27, 2011 at 2:51 am

Do you think it would okay without freezing the zucchini? I can’t use frozen fruits in my smoothies right as I only have an immersion blender to work with. I might just have to try out something similar tomorrow morning for breakfast :)

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Casey August 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

I have a recipe I shared a while back on my blog for carob zucchini raw cookies, no nuts, dried fruits or grains at all. Really cool for a light snack or dessert!
Zucchini is so versatile!

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Bryant Avery August 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

Have fun in Portland! I hope you get to go to Blossoming Lotus. The best vegan spot in PDX. :)

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Jen August 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

I kind of hopped off the veg smoothie bandwagon after my obsession with green monsters ended a while back, but I’m making a mental note to make a chocolate zuke smoothie one day! It sounds great. I’ve tried frozen cauliflower in a smoothie before! It was a long time ago, but I remember it being kind of gritty. Probably not the best veg to put in a smoothie.

In the way of suggestions, I’m seeing a chocolate and zucchini dessert hummus in your future. :)

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Get Skinny, Go Vegan. August 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow. Have never put zucchini in my sweet smoothies!
Sounds great though, as it works in sweet bread.

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Ela August 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hope you have an awesome time in Portland! Darn, though–I just got back from Tacoma–a meetup almost in the sphere of possibilities…

Congrats on the guest post too–and have a great time over there.
love
Ela

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Christine (The Raw Project) August 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Can’t wait for your Vida Vegan Con coverage, I wish I was there! This smoothie looks wonderful, I love adding veggies to mine.

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats August 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

Gena, I was thrilled to see your guest post over at C&Z. I particularly loved the tips you gave for travel :) As for putting zucchini pulp in a smoothie, that was all inspired by you, and I think you did not just copy my recipe – you made it even better. Faye at Raw Lawyer added hemp seeds to it to boost the nutrition, so I think next time I make it, I will incorporate both of your suggestions :)

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love chocolate and zucchini together, but had never thought of putting zucchini in a smoothie. I have been experimenting with veggie juices in smoothies (golden beet juice with blueberries and bananas is delicious!), but this gets me thinking “out side the box” on what other whole veggies could added. This is going in the blender tomorrow morning.

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Shannon August 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

It’s such a community feeling to be surrounded by other passionate people. The more I read your blog and share in your dedication to veganism and a healthy diet, the more I try to think outside the box with food. Thanks!

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JL goes Vegan August 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Gena, this recipe looks incredible! This is one of the many (many, many) reasons I love your blog. You give us easy to make – incredibly delicious – dishes!

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Marlena Torres September 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

I’m drooling over this recipe! Looks totally delicious!

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Fawn (Me Amoeba) September 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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Thanks

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John Marquez September 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Choc and zucchini now that’s thinking out of the box. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing

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Jennifer Nicole September 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Oh my, this is absolutely my breakfast tomorrow morning. I picked up most of those ingredients at the farmer’s market this morning, and can grab the rest at the store this evening. Yum!

Years ago, I had the tastiest vegan chocolate zucchini cake with the smoothest, richest frosting…and haven’t been able to find a recipe that even comes close since. I’m still hunting, but this will tide me over in the mean time!

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Fawn (Me Amoeba) September 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

Haven’t tried making this one but I am looking forward to it. Anyways, what’s up with your search for that tasty vegan chocolate zucchini cake? Have tried this one?

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marla latinakova May 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Looks like chocolate pudding. Does it taste like it too?

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