Best homemade Christmas gift breads easy to make

Homemade Gift Breads for Teachers & Friends: Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Affordable and Best Homemade Christmas Gift Breads

Homemade Christmas gift breads are perfect with my Chocolate Zucchini Bread  from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites  Want the perfect teacher’s gift while also saving a little money? Homemade gifts are just the ticket for your children’s teachers this time of year. Give the gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget – delicious treats with a trim and terrific twist!

Homemade Christmas Gift Breads-make-ahead gifts!

Homemade goodies reserve a special place amongst the array of store bought gifts. One of my favorite gifts to give are quick breads. With so much going on this time of year, everyone is busy but no problem – quick breads are  easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen.  A great idea is to make different sizes, wrap with plastic wrap and tie together for gifts.
One recipe = 4 small loaf pans.  If you don’t have miniature loaf pans, here’s some nonstick affordable pans.

Homemade Christmas Gift breads -my favorite Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread

that’s so popular is my Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread made with Bisquick and cream cheese.      I use frozen blueberries when I can’t find fresh and the bread is just as good!  This recipe is sooooo delicious and easy.  Remember, quick breads freeze well too!  Chocolate Zucchini Bread, is one of my absolute favorite nutritious-and-delicious quick breads–even this ingredient combination.homemade Christmas gift breads Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

Just wrap the individual loaves in plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer until needed. Instead of one large loaf, I like to prepare the breads in different size loaf pans and give a combination of different loaves. Give one, two, or several types of bread, depending on how well you like the person.

Makes 16 slices

2 cups all-purpose flourhomemade Christmas gift breads Chocolate Zucchini Bread
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat a 9 × 5 × 3-inch nonstick loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Set aside.
3. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
4. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Don’t overcook. Cool in pan.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 187, Calories from fat 34%, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 26 mg, Sodium 96 mg, Carbohydrate 28 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugars 14 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat

Terrific Tidbit: Zucchini is grated by using a grater or  shredding blade on  food processor.

Quick Tip:  Mini loaves of quick bread make wonderful homemade gifts. Make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, place in zipper-lock bags, and freeze until ready to give.

Check out more of my favorite quick breads.  If you’re looking for a great holiday gift, check out my cookbooks and enter discount code DEC2015 for additional 20% off cookbooks!

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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She has consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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