Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

3 loaves of gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice zucchini bread
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

February 12, 2024

Of all the bread recipes I have created, gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice zucchini bread is my son’s favorite. When I first perfected this recipe, he was a growing teenager and always hungry. As he headed to the kitchen, I reminded him that oats and zucchini are high in fiber. Thus, I cautioned him to eat no more than two slices. Of course, he consumed too many slices of this delicious cinnamon spice zucchini bread. Later with tears of laughter, he shared that he should have listened to my warning.

In 1996, when my son was a toddler, my neighbor shared the financial benefits of milling grains. Years later, I began to learn more about the nutritional benefits of freshly milled flours. What a journey!

Delicious and Healthy Zucchini Bread

In the fall of 2022, I wrote a series of blogs on improving gut health with nourishing foods: Why Milling Grains Enhance Your Life and Saves Money and 5 Ways to Save Money While Eating Healthier. These posts share simple ways to improve your health that I learned back in the 1990s. Writing them prompted me to dig a little deeper to learn more about today’s foods. What I learned made me say no to non-GMO foods and challenged me to create this new Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread.

Christmas Cheer All Year Long

Relief! My son likes this new Cinnamon Spice recipe better than the old one. The old and the new recipes are both delicious. However, their textures are very different.

The new Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread recipe has a thin outer layer with a caramelized texture. Yum! One bite took away my craving for donuts. No worry, the extra fiber and protein kept my blood sugar stable. The older recipe used store bought coconut flour, which creates a soft, muffin texture. Make your choice and enjoy baking.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

4 organic eggs

1 cup of brown sugar (organic is your choice)

1 cup of white sugar (organic is your choice)

1 cup of organic olive oil

2 tsp organic salt

1 Tbsp Benefiber (optional-helps regulate blood sugar)

1 Tbsp protein (optional- helps stabilize blood sugar)

3/4 cup of organic amaranth flour (old recipe-coconut flour)

1 TBSP organic cinnamon

2 tsp organic nutmeg

1 tsp organic cloves

1 tsp organic allspice

1/2 tsp organic cardamon

1 1/4 cups of organic millet flour

3 cups of organic oat flour

1/2 cup of filtered, WARM water

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder

2 cups of shredded organic zucchini (typically from 2 zucchini)

1 cup of chopped organic pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions for Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

Crack 4 eggs into a small bowl. Before pouring them into the mixing bowl, make sure there are no pieces of broken eggshells. Of course, throw them away and start over if one of the eggs are bad.

Crack 4 eggs into a bowl to make sure eggs are good and there are no egg shells.

Add one cup of brown sugar.

One cup of brown sugar.
1 cup of brown sugar

Add one cup of white sugar, organic or not, and mix.

Pour into batter 2 cups of sugar and mix.

Turn off the mixer and add 1 cup of oil and 2 teaspoons of salt to the batter.

1 cup of organic oil
2 teaspoons of salt

Then, mix until gluten and dairy free batter looks creamy.

If you have unstable blood sugar, you may find it helpful to add 1 Tablespoon of Benefiber and 1 Tablespoon of protein to the zucchini batter.

1 Tablespoon of Benefiber is optional helping stabilize blood sugar.
1 Tablespoon of protein powder is optional to stabilize blood sugar

Now, mix again on low until the batter looks creamy.

Beat batter until it looks creamy and light

Gluten Free Dry Ingredients

Mill one cup of millet, which typically makes 1 & 1/4 cup of millet flour. Pour into the batter and mix on low.

Measure 1 cup of millet. Then, mill into one cup of millet flour.
Add millet flour to batter, stir by hand, and then mix on low.

Mill a 1/3 cup of Amaranth grain and a bit extra. Then, pour 3/4 cup of Amaranth flour into a small bowl big enough to hold the spices that you will add next.

Mill 1/3 cup of Amaranth Grain to make 3/4 cup of gluten free Amaranth flour

Now, add the following: organic ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cardamon to the bowl.

2 teaspoons of nutmeg
Measure 1 teaspoon of ground organic cloves
1 teaspoon of ground Allspice
1/2 teaspoon of Cardamon

Mix spices into the gluten free amaranth flour. Then add the spiced flour mixture to the batter. First, gently mix batter on low. If you mix at a higher speed the flour puffs into the air. Once the flour is mostly mixed in, increase the mixing speed until the batter looks creamy.

Add seasonings to amaranth flour
Each time you add flour, beat and scrape sides of bowl.

Mill 1 & 1/2 cups of gluten free oat groats, which typically makes 3 cups of oat flour. Pour into the zucchini batter. Then, stir flour into the zucchini batter.

Mill 1 and half cups of gluten free oat groats to make 3 cups of gluten free oat flour

Activating Ingredients

Add a 1/2 cup of filtered, WARM water and mix.

Rinse oil out of measure cup with 1/2 cup of filtered water.

Then, beat on medium speed until combined. The warm water is very important, because it activates the next two ingredients you will add: baking soda and baking powder.

Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the warm gluten free cinnamon spice zucchini batter. Next, use a rubber spatula to stir the ingredients together.

2 teaspoons of baking powder
Measure 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Wash and peel 2-3 zucchinis. Then, grate the zucchini until you have 2 cups. Lastly, pour the grated zucchini into the batter and mix by hand.

Wash and peel 3 zucchini
Add 2 cups of grated zucchini to batter.

Preheat Oven

I save money by waiting until I am almost done making my recipe before preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Line Loaf Pans

While the oven preheats, line 3 loaf pans with parchment paper. Cover the bottom of the loaf pans with baking parchment paper, so it rises on the sides of the pan for easy turnout once done baking. This also gives the gluten free flours more fully absorb liquids,

Hint: spraying the baking pan helps the parchment paper stick to the sides of the baking pan. Reynolds parchment paper is chlorine free with no bleach.

Chlorine-Free Reynolds Parchment Paper

Bake, Cool, and Enjoy

Pour cinnamon spice zucchini batter into lined loaf pans of any size or shape filling them about 2/3 full.

If the oven has reached 350 degrees, put loaf pans in the oven and set a timer for 45 minutes. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle position.

The gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice zucchini bread is done when it looks brown, cracked, and pulled away from the sides of the loaf pan. Place the pans on a cooling rack and leave them for about five minutes. Then, flip the bread out of the pans onto the cooling rack. Cool for 2 hours.

3 loaves of gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice zucchini bread

Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

Cheri Moore
Spread a bit of cheer any time of the year, and especially during the holiday season, with a a loaf of Cinnamon spice zucchini bread.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 6 People

Equipment

  • 1 Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 organic eggs
  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 1 cup organic olive oil
  • 2 tsp organic salt
  • 1 Tbsp Benefiber (optional-helps stabilize blood sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp protein (optional-helps stabilize blood sugar)
  • 3/4 cup organic amaranth flour (old recipe uses coconut flour)
  • 1 Tbsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp organic ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp organic ground cloves
  • 1 tsp organic ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cardamon
  • 1 ¼ cups organic millet flour
  • 3 cups organic oat flour
  • 1/2 cup WARM water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded organic zucchini uses 2-3 zucchinis
  • 1 cup chopped organic pecans or walnuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Crack 4 eggs into a mixing bowl and mix on high until foamy.
  • Add 2 cups of sugar and mix again.
  • Next add 1 cup of oil and 2 teaspoons of salt. Mix again until it looks creamy.
  • If you need help stablizing blood sugar, add 1 Tablespoon of Benefiber and 1 Tablespoon of protein powder. Mix again.
  • Mill 1 cup of millet grains into 1 ¼ cup of millet flour. Add it to the mixer.
  • Mill a heaping 1/3 cup of amaranth grain to make 3/4 cup of amaranth flour. pour it into a small bowl.
  • Next add 1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of cloves, 1 teaspoon of allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamon to the small bowl. Stir with a fork to combine the spices and flour.
  • Add the flour and spices to the mixing bowl and mix on low till fully combined.
  • Mill 1 ½ of oat groats into 3 cups of oat flour. Add the oat flour to the mixing bowl and mix on low until fully combined.
  • Now add 1/2 cup of warm water to the bowl and beat on medium speed until combined.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Then mix again.
  • Finally wash, peel, and grate 2-3 zucchinis to make a total of 2 cups of grated zucchini.
  • Stir the zucchini into the batter with a spatula.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line two loaf pans with parchment paper and fill 3/4 of the way with zucchini batter.
  • bake for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes in the pans on a cooling rack before flipping the loaves out of the pans.

Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

Every Christmas, I enjoy surprising a few neighbors and friends with a mini loaf of gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice zucchini bread. What a perfect opportunity to meet a new neighbor and reconnect with a friend.

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