Noooooo!!! Stop, don’t roll your eyes …. Courgettes are a delicious and versatile veggie that work so well in so many recipes, and in cakes – they are just as good, as it helps to make the cake super moist and guilt free!
Contrary to many beliefs, the courgette is in fact a fruit since it is full of seeds. In the UK, courgettes are in season from June-October, so now is the perfect time to make some delicious courgette recipes, as you will get the most out of its subtly sweet, slightly bitter flavour.
The rich and creamy texture of the courgette works wonderfully in this indulgent chocolate courgette cake, a slight twist on traditional courgette loaf for all you chocolate lovers out there!
You will need:
2 large eggs
125ml vegetable oil
85g soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour
150g almond flour
35g cocoa powder
100g dark chocolate chips
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
85g walnut, roughly chopped (optional)
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and sugar, then add the courgettes and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then pour into the tin. Bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool, then serve, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Here are some ways you can use any leftover courgettes:
- Courgette fritters
- Eat them raw in salads
- Chop, grate or shred them into bread or porridge
- Add small, finger-sized courgettes to stir fries