Full credit to Food 52 for this fantastic recipe. I have rewritten it here with my changes. This is super charged and very lush.
2 cups grated zucchini
1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup Black Genoa sun dried figs
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I use Four Leaf Milling 85% light flour)
1/4 cup cacao powder
3/4 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn baking powder
1 tspn sea salt
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/4 cups dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1 large egg
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
Preheat an oven to 175° C. Grease and line a loaf pan and set it aside.
Place the grated zucchini on a baking tray lined with a lint-free kitchen towel, then place another kitchen towel on top, patting it down gently to absorb any additional moisture. Set aside.
In a large bowl, use a fork to whisk together the flour, cacao, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Stir in the chopped pecans and 1 cup of the dark chocolate.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the butter and yoghurt or use an electric mixer (this is what I did). Add in the egg, light brown sugar, and vanilla, then whisk the liquid ingredients until smooth and uniform. Gently fold in the zucchini, banana and figs.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, then sprinkle the top of the batter with the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped dark chocolate.
Bake, rotating at least once half way through baking, until a skewer inserted into the bread comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.
Let cool in the loaf pan for 15 - 20 minutes before inverting out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. When cool store in an air tight container.
Now I'm not totally sure I can still call it a Hummingbird cake if there is no pineapple. Probably not but its still delicious and this is my recipe for our annual ode to this family favourite.
People have asked me frequently what I do with our semi-dried figs. Now this is a reasonable question because Australian dried figs can be pretty hard to source let alone the soft sticky dried ones we produce.
I add dried figs to almost everything we eat. They are super delicious and packed with potassium, calcium, magnesium and fibre. Perfect little nuggets of goodness. In my mind there are so many options but some of my recipes might stretch the boundaries alittle on traditional food pairing.