Over the summer we spent a lot of time at farmer’s markets. There’s something about visiting each vendor and knowing they’re not just people selling goods – they’re community members too. The items are grown here and harvested here and processed here by each farmer’s own hand (or a hand they’ve chosen at least.) It’s comforting.
Our favorite farmer’s market is out in Millarville – a nice jaunt down the Cowboy Trail and you’re there (at least for us, being in the West.) We pack up the kids and head out early, for Saturday standards anyhow, because many vendors sell out of their most popular items. Last time we missed out on New York Strips because they had all sold. Sad. Sad.
But we did find a few extra large zucchini squashes were left and while that doesn’t make up for missing out on steak – this Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake most certainly does.
Rob is doing well and we’re all adjusting to new realities and one of those realities is that we are really watching what we eat. It’s the only way he can work on maintaining a healthy weight seeing as he can’t really exercise anymore. I had started this new regime before he got sick and he’s adapted it as well. It’s inspired by paleo which essentially means we aren’t eating grains or sugar or dairy. How then, are we talking about chocolate cake? Well, this one is made with almond flour and coconut sugar and dark chocolate!
This is as healthy as delicious chocolate cake can get here people. I’m not saying you can eat this for breakfast…..but if you’re going to have a treat why does it have to be full of nasty things? Making things at home without wheat flour or other starchy flours (rice? potato? No thank you.) and without white sugar is one of the ways we’re working towards being in better shape and so far so good. But we still need treats. We’re human right?! I think so.
This cake reminds us that we are. Eat it. Enjoy it. Don’t feel guilty.