I've taken my old chocolate zucchini cake recipe, cut out almost all of the bad stuff and loaded it up with so many fruits and vegetables that it's more like a baked salad than a cake. The funny thing is that it turned out so moist and tasty that you'll find yourself fighting with the kids for the last piece. Try it once and you'll be a believer too!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch baking dish
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and cloves in a bowl; set aside.

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  • Beat together the eggs, sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, apple juice concentrate, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the dry mixture alternately with the milk, then add the zucchini, carrot, raisins, and dates; stir until just moistened. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 29.8g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 15.9mg; sodium 76.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
Made muffins instead but LOVE this recipe! I didn't have all the ingredients so tweeked - but that's the fun of cooking! Used sucanat instead of sugar skipped most of the milk (maybe used 2 TBL) skipped the raisins & dates 'cause my family would pick them out anyway. I didn't have the apple juice concentrate so used - get this -prune juice instead! As another viewer suggested I also added 1/2 cup chocolate chips. They were fabulous!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/11/2008
This recipe is essentially a glorified fruit cake. I didn't have any dates on hand and being a crazy chocolate lover I added lots of chocolate chips. Oh - and does anybody really chop raisins? I think that would take way too much time. I didn't chop mine. In any case with the chocolate chips I would give it 4 stars - without I give it 3. It's tasty and I like to try to eat healthy. I totally appreciate a healthy dessert; this was a great snack and a fun way to get the kids to eat a little bit of fruits/veggies... but I'm not a huge fan of fruit cake and I think the chocolate chips might be mostly to blame for the kids fighting for the last piece. All in all I'm glad I tried this recipe and I'm sure I will be trying it again. Thanks sneaky mommy!:) Read More
(37)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
08/11/2008
This recipe is essentially a glorified fruit cake. I didn't have any dates on hand and being a crazy chocolate lover I added lots of chocolate chips. Oh - and does anybody really chop raisins? I think that would take way too much time. I didn't chop mine. In any case with the chocolate chips I would give it 4 stars - without I give it 3. It's tasty and I like to try to eat healthy. I totally appreciate a healthy dessert; this was a great snack and a fun way to get the kids to eat a little bit of fruits/veggies... but I'm not a huge fan of fruit cake and I think the chocolate chips might be mostly to blame for the kids fighting for the last piece. All in all I'm glad I tried this recipe and I'm sure I will be trying it again. Thanks sneaky mommy!:) Read More
(37)
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2009
This turned into a sliceable FUDGE PUDDING CAKE (!) by a happy accident of using only 1-1/2 C. flour (instead of 2-1/2). Also two substitutions: (a) buttermilk instead of the unavailable apple juice concentrate and (b) 1 C. date filling (a paste-like product of local date growers quite inexpensive and gives the batter a nice dark color) instead of the raisins and chopped dates. It stayed very moist during baking but the top was firm after 40 min. (with turbo). Sliced into small squares while still warm and rushed to a community potluck; it disappeared quickly proably a hit with preschoolers. A few we stashed at home were fine the next day. Next time I'd add cinnamon which I favor in any chocolate cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
Made muffins instead but LOVE this recipe! I didn't have all the ingredients so tweeked - but that's the fun of cooking! Used sucanat instead of sugar skipped most of the milk (maybe used 2 TBL) skipped the raisins & dates 'cause my family would pick them out anyway. I didn't have the apple juice concentrate so used - get this -prune juice instead! As another viewer suggested I also added 1/2 cup chocolate chips. They were fabulous!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/31/2018
Yummy and healthy. Four stars because it definitely needed chocolate chips. As is the level of chocolate isn't strong enough for my liking. As for alterations I left out the juice concentrate the raisins and the dates. I added a 1/4 tsp salt. Otherwise I made it per the recipe. Made 24 muffins which I will be enjoying as a healthy and yummy--if not the most delicious thing on the planet--snack. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/13/2013
This had too much fruit and not enough chocolate flavor. If I made it again I would add chocolate chips and omit some of the fruit. Unfortunately I don't see myself trying to make another version of this. Read More
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