Mesquite Zucchini (squash) Bread

Mesquite Time is here!  YAY!

I picked some pods that were very dry and ready to make into flour.  In the blender they went - then sifted.  The seeds are very hard and won't break down so grinding into a usable flour can time a bit of time.  I've done this in the past trying to use a hand mill and using a blender seems to work out best; especially since it's just small amounts I'm doing.  Wishing it was more, Mesquite can be quite spendy to purchase, harvesting Mesquite pods can take time and making sure that you have good ones may that a good picking over.  All worth the effort.

Here is a recipe I made this morning using Mesquite Flour and other gluten free flour, as well as, fresh eggs and squash from our local Farmers Market it turned out quite delish.

Mesquite Zucchini Bread

1/2 Cup Mesquite Flour
1/2 Cup Sweet Sorghum Flour
1 Cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 Cup Grape Seed oil or other
1 Cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 Cup agave nectar (I used raw honey)
2 Cups grated zucchini (I used Zephyr two-toned)

Grease a loaf pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl set aside.  In large bowl beat eggs oil, agave nectar, lemon zest, and grated zucchini.  Gently fold dry ingredients into wet until all blended together.  (I used a wooden spatula/spoon for the entire recipe, it went together very well).  Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

We live around many Mesquites and can benefit from any we harvest.  Here are some Mesquite Links for you to check out.  Very interesting; you may also be surprised of the health benefits that Mesquites have.

Mesquite flour is a high-protein, low-glycemic superfood from desert trees, Natural News
Making your own gluten free Mesquite Pod Flour, Frugally Sustainable
Desert Harvesters
Mesquite As Food
Baja Arizona Mesquite and where I found this recipe Mesquite Harvesting Guide


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