Nutty and lightly spiced, this healthy courgette bread has just the right amount of sweetness!
It's #realbreadweek - finally, one of those themed weeks I can get behind. I adore bread but I'm very particular about the type of bread I eat. All bread is definitely not made equal.
As a nation, our love affair with bread runs deep. I mean, is there any ailment a slice of toast with melted butter can't fix? We have bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And again before we go to bed!
Bread (or the fear of having to give up bread) is probably the most frequent question we get.
Do I have to give up bread to live a healthy lifestyle?
What are the healthiest options when eating bread?
To answer quite simply:
No - you don't have to give up bread to live a healthy lifestyle - everything in moderation and bread definitely has a place in a balanced, nutritious diet.
And the healthiest options when it comes to bread...one that you make yourself!
Bake Your Own Bread
Now I know that's probably not convenient for everyone but I do have my reasons for always baking my own bread!
Compared to other foods like fruits and vegetables, bread is relatively low in essential nutrients.
It is high in carbohydrates but low in protein, fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
However, the nutrient profile can vary widely across different types of bread. When buying bread avoid white sliced pan and opt for high fibre whole wheat bread or sourdough bread.
Primarily, I love to bake bread because I can add ingredients that bump up the nutritional content such as nuts, seeds, yogurt, vegetables etc.
Mostly I bake bread because I LOVE the taste of homebaked bread. It is so much nicer than anything you'll purchase in a supermarket.
If you've never baked bread before, this healthy courgette bread is a great place to start. It's easy to whip together, it's got lots of nutritious extras. It's even got chocolate on top!
Healthy Courgette Bread
Here are a few pointers before you throw on your apron:
- This is a sweet bread. It's not overly sweet as it contains approximately a half a cup of honey. Most sweet bread would contain double this amount.
- When you grate the courgette, grate it onto a tea towel and sprinkle lightly with salt (salt will draw out the moisture). After a few minutes, squeeze the excess moisture from the courgette by wringing your tea towel containing the courgette over a sink.
- As I use coconut oil, this recipe can be dairy-free by using non-dairy milk.
- Healthy courgette bread freezers well - just slice it up before popping in the freezer.
Please let me know if you try this recipe - use the comments below! Your feedback is so important to me.