If you read the title of this recipe and thought “yuck”, you are not alone. A couple of months ago, another blog I read posted a recipe for zucchini cobbler and I thought the same thing when I read it. You can check out that recipe here. After reading the reviews, which were amazing, I decided I needed to give this recipe a try, but make it my own in doing so. Boy am I glad I did because it is a wonderful dessert!
If you are like many gardeners you have had you fill of zucchini for a while and yet your zucchini plants keep on producing. That is the problem that I have been having. Well problem solved. This recipe will use up a few of those zucchini and you will not even know you are eating it. I have made this recipe a few times for family and friends and they all raved about it and swore it was not zucchini. It tastes just like apple cobbler!
Here is what you need:
2 medium or 3 small zucchini
2 granny smith apples
1.5 cups sugar (I used Truvia for baking)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
6 tbsp butter (cold)
3/4 c. oats ( I prefer steel cut but quick cooking would be fine)
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
Here is what you do:
First peel and dice the zucchini and apples into about a half-inch dice. Then add the zucchini and apples to a pot and squeeze the juice from both lemons into the pot. Cover and cook the zucchini and apple mixture for about 10-12 minutes or until they just start to get soft. Once the zucchini and apples are soft, add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg and 1 cup of sugar. Reduce heat and simmer just until the sugar is melted.
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, oats and flour. Cut the very cold butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter (or two knives) until the mixture has formed a large crumble.
Next pour the zucchini and apple mixture into a 2 quart baking dish and cover the top with the oat crumble. Place the baking dish in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until the top of the cobbler is golden brown. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both if you are me).
Hopefully if you are still reading this then I may have convinced you to try this. It is truly delicious and I promise that you and everyone you feed it to will not believe that you are eating zucchini!
Have you ever made any unusual desserts before just to find out it was delicious? Does this recipe sound gross or are you willing to give it a try? I would love to hear from you!