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Gluten Free Lemon Zucchini Bread

I’ve been Gluten Free for over 5 years now, at first it was an adjustment but now, thankfully, it has become second nature. For the most part I’ve been able to find a close imitation of all the things I used to love, and believe me there are many #Foodie. All except for a cinnamon roll… Let me know 😉

That being said I am always on the look out of awesome Gluten Free Recipes or small tweaks I can make to family favorite recipes so I can continue to enjoy them. This Lemon Zucchini Quick Bread is one of my absolute favorites to make in the summer time! Especially when we have zucchini from the garden coming out of our ears, or if we found a long lost zucchini the size of your leg growing in the depths of the jungle we call our garden… Ben seemed to accidentally stumble upon a green thumb and keeps quite an impressive garden.

Between my dad’s tips and Ben’s dad’s helping hand, anything but would be a disappointment.  This year we have had quite the battle with deer, spider-mites, and grasshoppers. Hoping that next year a fence will make a difference but if not send us all of your tried and true tips!

If you are new to Gluten Free baking, be warned that there may be a few things that seem strange especially when it comes to this recipe. Mostly, just the idea of blending all of your wet ingredients together to create the liquid that binds your dry ingredients.

A couple tips if you have an overabundance of Zucchini…

  • Prepare the shredded Zucchini in bulk. 
  • Give the zucchini a quick blanch before freezing.
    • Blanch: Give it a quick dunk in boiling water, then back to an ice bath. This will prevent it from going mushy, or discoloring. I’ve used both blanched and straight frozen: you may notice the difference in zucchini noodles, however when baking the texture goes unnoticed.
  • Shred and separate the Zucchini in the amount of 4 cups.
    • Most recipes that call for any type of shredded zucchini will call for 2 C. increments.
  • Pat out the excess water from the zucchini before storing it in a freezer bag.
  • Store it in the freezer and use when needed to cut the preparation time in half!

 

The base of this recipe originates from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. If you are new to GF or not and haven’t tried Nicole’s recipes… DO IT. I made a few alterations to the recipe, that being said the original is just as wonderful. I have yet to create Nicole’s own recommended flour mix and instead have messed with it until I felt like it behaved and tasted right when using a store bought GF all purpose mix. Plus more lemon… always more lemon 😉 One of my favorites at the moment is the GF pillsbury flour. I’ve used many, but this is one that I repeat purchase.

New to GF and looking for a flour?

***This is my personal opinion but if you are new to GF baking and looking for a flour to try, always look at the first ingredient. If the first ingredient is brown rice then steer clear. It tastes like dirt to me, and I like brown rice! White rice, tapioca flour, or coconut flour are the types of flour that I like to see listed first. Also pay attention if your mix has xanthan gum, if it doesn’t you will need to add this as well!

Perfect for Ministering to a Neighbor

This bread is my go-to when I am looking to drop something off or say hello to a friend or neighbor. For the most part it is allergen friendly, and a crowd pleaser to kids and adults alike. If you do decide to use this bread as a gift, make sure to check out the free downloadable tag to top it all off. It looks great on white paper and even better on butcher paper.

Recently I purchased mini bread pans about 6in in size, approximately half the size of a regular loaf. Complete game changer. You are left with the perfect size bread to drop off and share with friends and neighbors, plus you get double the amount for the same amount of effort. Let me know what you think!

GF Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread

A delightful summer treat. Lemon and zucchini come together to create a subtle, but sweet flavor. The lemon zest icing takes it to the next level. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 Reg. Loaves

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Often I use Pillsbury's Mix
  • 3/4 Cup Cornstarch Measure in the sink. It can get messy!
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Lemons Zest: Finely Grated
  • 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Zucchini Patted Dry: This recipe calls for 4 Cups of Zucchini total

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Zucchini

Lemon Zest Icing

  • 8 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Lemon Zest: Finely Grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 and prepare your bread pans. (Regular Pan: 9x5in)

    Simply greasing the pans will do just fine, you can also line the pans with parchment paper.

Dry Ingredients

  1. Begin by combining and mixing your dry ingredients, adding the zucchini last. 

Wet Ingredients

  1. Next you will be blending or emulsifying all of your wet ingredients. It tends to be the most convenient to combine these ingredients in the same container you will be blending them together in.  

Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients

  1. This next part tends to work best if you create a well within your dry ingredients, then carefully pour your wet ingredients into the well. Mix until all the ingredients are combined. The batter will be thick, similar to a waffle batter. 

    Next add the batter to your bread pans. I aim for just under 3/4 full. Place the pan or pans in the center of the oven. If you are using the mini bread pans as I suggested: check the loaves around 40 minutes and continue to check within 3 minute intervals. The bread will have slightly goldened *Remember GF flour tends to stay lighter base than a regular wheat based flour. Once you can stick a toothpick in the center and it come out clean the bread is done. 

Lemon Zest Icing

  1. This part is the "Icing on the cake" pun intended.... Mix your powdered sugar and finely grated lemon zest together. Next, add your lemon juice in smaller increments as you work to add all of the lemon juice. If you still need more juice by the time you add the 3 Tbsp, proceed with caution. A little goes a LONG way. If needed add powdered sugar, or lemon juice until the consistency is a slow running liquid. The glaze should be thick, but still pourable. 

    Pour the icing on the loaves. **Make sure the loaves have had adequate time to cool, to prevent the icing from melting and running off the bread. Allow the icing to set up before serving. 

 

 

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I'm grateful for refinement. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be a little better everyday. Though my growth pattern is for every step forward there's a few steps back, somehow, over time, minuscule little by minute little, there's been progress. Though I don't see it in the day to day, I do see it in the years gone by and though it is slow, and the curve to my chart is gradual, it's there. I know this is due to Christ’s enabling Grace, available through His atonement. I don't think I'll ever quite have the words, the comprehension, or the understanding to adequately express my gratitude for this.

Art by one of my very favorites Emily Shay
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Had to share Emily’s words when she debuted this piece, ”The Refiner’s Fire.”
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”...And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals naturally contains impurities. However with those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
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Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all the impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9”
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“Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...

#givethanks 1:7
I've contemplated today what I would share and though I have SO much to be grateful for... There was no, ”aha!” ”that’s it!” moment!
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As I opened my photos to find a pretty picture to share I found a stream of these images from this morning that made me smile. It's not the picture perfect post, but it's our reality.
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Our reality is made up of a messy house, (that was cleaned today by the best daddy despite working full time from home.
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Our reality is made up of a boy that drags Alexa around from room to room to listen to his music like Chris Stapleton, or Jon Pardi way too loud.
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Our reality is made up of kids having more screentime than they should /taking pictures on mom's phone, left to fend for themselves or run to nana’s house.
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Our reality is a big sister giving her 8week old baby sister her brother’s medicine/ call to poison control...
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Our reality is an exhausted momma, wearing spit up as perfume, in an inside out nightgown, with who knows how long it's been since a brush has been in her hair, hair.
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Our reality is messy, and in the moment I'm not often thinking of how grateful I am for the mess.
But looking at this picture while the kids are sleeping sound... it’s like looking at things through a different lens.
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I'm grateful for the mess.
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Sometimes I wonder, how did the Jaredites do it?

How did they have the faith and courage to step in those barges with everyone they loved, leaving behind their home, stability, and any semblance of control.

No steering wheel to steer. No sail to direct. No windows to see. No air source in the depths. No idea where they were going. No idea how long it would take. No idea if they had enough food.

No game plan but prayer.

Can you imagine those moments where they were running out of oxygen in the depths of the sea, praying fervently that the Lord would lift them in time? Because I’m sure they were imagining it as they stepped into that barge.

How did they do it?
The answer, I believe, is that God had prepared them.

Ether 2:6 says of their journey, “And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord.”
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They had done this before. They had been in the barges. They had crossed over many waters, and had felt God direct them continually.

They knew God was with them. So, when their greatest challenge came, they were prepared.

How has God prepared you for your challenges today? What smaller waters have you already crossed to prepare you for the ocean you are now in?

Or, what smaller waters are you crossing right now to prepare you for the oceans ahead?

Remember, “God has already prepared the way. He is just preparing you.” (Tangie Ambrose).

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Thanks to my friend, Becky Rowley, for the conversation that inspired this post ❤️
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Have you ever lost something, looked EVERYWHERE, all the while telling yourself “You don’t need to pray,” “YOU can find it,” ” We’re not to that point yet…” Only to get to the point of offering a desperate prayer, to find the thing you were searching for moments later, likely in a place you had already looked. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. From my wedding ring to my only set of car keys. As I reflect on those little miracles or moments of God showing me His hand, I think those moments carry more weight because I left myself to my own devices for so long. I knew when I sheepishly found them after praying that the finding was outside of my own capabilities. Again I think this was an example of my own veil of disbelief.

According to President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973), the Lord’s question was similar to saying the following:

“‘Well, have you any good ideas? What would you suggest that we should do in order to have light?’ …

“Then the Lord went away and left him alone. It was as though the Lord were saying to him, ‘Look, I gave you a mind to think with, and I gave you agency to use it. Now you do all you can to help yourself with this problem; and then, after you’ve done all you can, I’ll step in to help you.’”
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“Sometimes the only thing separating us from the blessings we seek is our own “veil of unbelief,” and if we can “rend that veil” (Ether 4:15), we may be surprised by what the Lord is willing to do for us.”
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This excerpt from Come Follow Me this week really struck me. As I thought about what it meant, I realized that too often I had fallen victim to my own disbelief sometimes in the simplest ways and moments. I think in part it’s how my “natural” mind works. I’m quite an anxious person and my mind always puts things in worst-case scenario, that way when best-case or mildly-acceptable case come along I feel prepared and even happy with the outcome. I think it’s a survival mechanism. Whatever it is, it’s the default setting for my brain.
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An instance that sticks out to me happened about a year ago. A dear friend of our family was going through cancer treatments for a cancer that he had beat once already. Things looked pretty bleak. My family had helped to organize a fundraiser that I was quite involved with. I did everything within my power to make things ok. Notice I did everything within MY power.
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My husband and I were headed to the temple to do sealings with some of his old mission companions and mission president. As we drove to the temple I broke down filled with dread and hopelessness as our friend’s battle with cancer seemed to take another drive.
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This brought the question… What’s the point? What’s the point in praying, if God already knows the outcome. Because God knows the outcome and it’s ultimately His will why even pray….. (read the rest on this week’s Come Follow Me Blog Post)
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Comment below your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think💛
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Fun Object Lesson for #comefollowme this week:
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Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?

If you are looking for a way to solidify this idea, it just so happens to be the perfect time to plant bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are one of my absolute FAVORITES.

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🌷Plant in a spot where it will receive full sun, or afternoon sun.
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🌷Tulips prefer well-drained soil.
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🌷Leave them to their own devices and have faith that March will be made more beautiful because of your efforts!
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this! Make sure to comment below.

As you plant, consider making a commitment to the figurative seeds you can plant and care for each day. Come March, when your tulips bloom, reflect on your actions and document the beauty that came because of your actions.
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“To gain unshakable faith in Jesus Christ is to flood your life with brilliant light. You are no longer alone to struggle with challenges you know you cannot resolve or control yourself, for He said, ‘If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me’ (Moroni 7:33; italics added). – Richard G. Scott ...

You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I’m no good at it, and again my good intentions outdo any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms.

One of my favorite ideas/thought process about gardening is the idea of planting seeds is a demonstration of faith. The ACTION of planting the seeds and caring for them demonstrates your belief or hope in the beauty that may come tomorrow.

As I read the heading form Come Follow Me this week, I was immediately reminded of this idea.

“Mormon and Moroni had faith that their record would inspire those living in the latter days. As you read Mormon 7–9, write the impressions that come to you about how you can apply what you are learning. “

Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?
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“I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.” […] I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
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Gracelyn Jo
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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