Sleepers, Working Legs, Gluten Free Zucchini Orange Bread

by Joanne on October 11, 2010

This is how I get to spend my Saturday nights…The Sleepers


What an exciting life we have!

Monday morning was much more fun.  Ted got up early to work with me on the first day of building leg muscle. 

Warm up:  20 minutes on the elliptical.

Workout: 45 minutes working legs and abs.  Phew!  Ted’s tough!  We did leg press, dead lifts, squats, walking lunges, step ups (hate those!), leg extensions, leg curls, and calf raises.  3 sets x 10 to 20 reps.  This doesn’t sound too different from what I was doing weeks ago, but the weight was a little bit heavier.  We will continue increasing the weight as I (hopefully) get stronger.

Running:  3.4 miles after the leg workout .   It was cold but Shane and I toughed it out at a slow, easy pace.  Legs were tired from the workout but got me out and back ok.

I had a hot stone massage on Saturday with focus on my legs.  It REALLY, REALLY helped that sore hamstring and, believe it or not, the tight tendons in my feet. 

Gluten Free Zucchini Orange Bread

Why are my recipe titles so long?  I need to learn a different language so if the translation is shorter, I can use it.


This recipe for GF Zucchini Orange Bread (what a mouthful!), is taken from Bob’s Red Mill’s recipe for simply Gluten Free Zucchini Bread contributed by Carol Fenster, Ph.D.   I use Bob’s GF OAT Flour instead of the GF All Purpose Flour along with a few other changes.  Here’s the Apple Crumbles recipe.


Gluten Free Zucchini Orange Bread – Makes 1 large loaf and 1 mini loaf


  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Extra Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 small to medium zucchini – washed, dried, ends cut off then finely grated
  • 1 medium orange – peeled and chopped (what ever size “chop” you like_
  • 3/4 cup dark California raisins

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray your baking loaf pans with non-stick spray.

Using an electric mixer *You are going to leave it running as you add the ingredients, cream the oil, sugar, eggs, cider, vanilla.  When all that has mixed (about 3 minutes on medium speed)  add the flour, the baking powder, xanthan gum, spices, salt.  Mix another 3 or 4 minutes then stop the mixer.

Stir in the zucchini, orange and raisins.  Turn into the prepared pans and bake.

Mini loaf about 40 minutes.  Large loaf about 60 minutes or until knife in center comes out clean.


Very moist, not overly sweet, not a light sweet bread, but addictive.


I usually enjoy pineapple in my zucchini bread but the orange offered a refreshing twist.


Just gotta love those Bob’s Red Mill products!


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  • At 2010.10.11 07:30, Heather said:

    Sounds like a great Monday morning workout!

    I never would think to put orange in my zucchini bread. Interesting……

    • At 2010.10.11 16:37, Joanne said:

      It was good to get back into weights from a week off. Crazy how we can miss routine.

      • At 2010.10.11 12:00, Monet said:

        This looks great! One of my friend’s can’t eat gluten, and I always feel so bad when I can’t bring her a treat to eat! I will have to give this a try. And I watched my hubby sleep a lot this weekend too…he had a long week at work, so I guess he deserved it 🙂

        • At 2010.10.11 16:37, Joanne said:

          Ted actually rode the bike 30 miles thenn swam laps. I guess he was ready for some shut eye as well.

          • At 2010.10.11 19:31, Karen said:

            Your bread looks so moist! Very tasty ingredients…sounds wonderful.

            • At 2010.10.12 09:28, Kim - Liv Life said:

              Awesome workout!! I’ve been remiss with the gym and am really trying to motivate myself to return. You did a good one!
              Zucchini and Orange seem to be a perfect combo! Nicely done…

              • At 2010.10.12 15:51, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                Way to kick butt on Monday morning! I like that bread. I’m always looking for ways to sneak veggies into baking so I’ll actually eat them and the hubs craves oranges. Love sleepy snapshot.

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