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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

July 18, 2010

These taste like brownies but hold together in slices like a bread. A great way to sneak veggies into something that tastes like a dessert ūüėČ


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine the eggs, oil, butter and extracts; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.

*If 2 Loaves are too much to consume for you at one time, freeze the second to eat later.*


Little Frugalista


Save Money Eating Oatmeal

March 22, 2010

Oatmeal is a fantastically nutritious¬†and inexpensive thing to eat for breakfast. Store brand Whole Grain Old Fashion Oats cost about $2.10 for 42 oz.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1/4 a cup of these oats make a very decent sized breakfast (equivalent to the little packets you can buy and enough to feed Mr. Frugalista, not that he’s big. He’s just the biggest of the family and it was good for comparison ūüôā )

This means 21 inexpensive cheap breakfasts at about .10 a meal. 

I personally eat my oatmeal the exact same way every morning and have for years (1/8 cup TVP,1 packet Stevia,1TBSP All Natural Chunky Peanut Butter,microwaved in water/pictured above) but my kids however like a little change every now and then.  Below is a list of things you can stir into your oatmeal to provide variety and nutrients.

At the risk of sounding like Bubba from Forest Gump (“Shrimp this and Shrimp that), Stir in ideas:

Raisins, 2 Shakes Cinnamon Powder, Equal, Sugar, Stevia, Raisins soaked in boiled water (to plump), Dried Cranberries, Milk, Soy Milk, Almond Milk, TVP(for protein),  Nutmeg, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Maple Syrup, Honey, Applesauce, Jelly, Preserves, Applebutter, Fresh Fruit, Trail Mix, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter,Molasses, Dried Dates and finally Chocolate Chips (no worse nutritionally then eating a Poptart or Chocolate Chip Pancakes plus you still get the nutrients from the Oatmeal)

Hopefully this gives you a few ideas for your next Oatmeal Breakfast