Tuesday, July 5, 2022

How to Make Zucchini Flour

 Learn how to make zucchini flour as an healthier alternative for all purpose flour. Squash flour is also a great way to use up excess zucchini or squash without it going to waste. You can then use your zucchini flour for baking to stretch your flour and reduce carbs.

Zucchini Flour Recipe

When we are planting the garden, we are excited for zucchini bread and fried zucchini. By the second week of zucchini, we are looking for new ways to cook the never ending supply of zucchini we got that year.

If you have more zucchini than you know what to do with, you can learn how to make squash flour with it. A zucchini flour recipe is a great way to use extra zucchini to preserve it for later.

Zucchini flour nutrition is also higher than all purpose flour, and it has fewer carbs than white flour.

For more ways to use a lot of zucchini, check out these posts:

What is Zucchini Flour?

Zucchini flour is a baking flour made from dried zucchini. It's pretty simple to learn how to make squash flour, and it has more vitamins and minerals and fewer carbs than all purpose flour.

It's not a direct 1:1 substitute for all purpose flour, however. You can use 1/3 cup zucchini flour to 2/3 cup all purpose flour in cooking and baking.

What Are the Benefits of Zucchini?

Zucchini flour nutrition is high because zucchinis are high in several vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the ones in zucchini:

  • Vitamin A
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Copper
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin B6
  • Thiamine

Zucchini also has antioxidants, which are mostly found in the skin. Zucchini also has soluble and insoluble fiber for digestive health.

Zucchini and squash has fewer carbs and calories than all purpose flour, so it can help you eat a balanced diet when used in squash flour recipes.

What Does Zucchini Flour Taste Like?

Like the whole vegetable, zucchini flour has a mild flavor. It mainly takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with.

Why Should You Learn How to Make Zucchini Flour?

I make squash flour recipes because I have a lot of zucchini that I want to use up! I also use it as a flour replacement to reduce carbs.

There are rumors of a flour shortage, so a zucchini flour recipe will help me stretch my all purpose flour so it lasts longer.

Do You Peel Zucchini Before Making Zucchini Flour?

So should you peel zucchini before learning how to make squash flour? I don't peel it first, but you can.

The reason that I don't peel the zucchini is because the peel has a lot of nutrition, including antioxidants. I want that for the zucchini flour nutrition.

However, it does give the zucchini flour a darker green color. It doesn't bother me when I'm making squash flour recipes.

How Do You Dry Zucchini For Flour?

I used my Nesco food dehydrator to dry my zucchini. This is the easiest way for me to dry things because I work from home, so I can start it in the morning and let it dry while I work.

You can learn how to dehydrate zucchini in the oven, air fryer, or food dehydrator.

Does Zucchini Need to Be Blanched Before Dehydrating?

You can blanche the zucchini before learning how to make zucchini flour, but you don't have to. I did not blanche mine.

I do recommend washing the zucchini well to remove dirt and any bacteria.  I use this homemade veggie wash recipe.

How Do You make Zucchini Flour Without a Dehydrator?

I like using my dehydrator because I don't have to babysit the zucchini as it dries. However, if you don't have one, you can dry your zucchini in the oven.

Here's how to dry zucchini slices in the oven:

  • Wash and dry your zucchini. Trim off the ends and cut off any blemishes. Cut into thin slices. I used a mandolin slicer.
  • Line a baking sheet with natural parchment paper. Lay the zucchini slices on the baking sheet. The slices can touch, but try not to overlap them.
  • Set your oven to the lowest temperature, about 150 degrees. Place the zucchini in the center of the oven. Leave the oven door propped open a few inches.
  • Let the zucchini dry for 2 to 5 hours. It should be brittle when it's done. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

How Do I Use Zucchini Powder?

After you learn how to make zucchini flour, you can use it in recipes to replace part of the all purpose flour. You can substitute up to 1/3 all purpose flour with a zucchini flour recipe.

If you add more zucchini flour than 1/3 of the total flour or use all zucchini flour, your recipe will not turn out right.

Zucchini flour behaves like coconut flour in that it soaks up liquid from your recipe. Using more than 1/3 replacement can make your final product dry.

I've successfully replaced coconut flour with zucchini flour in a few recipes with good results

Can You Bake With Zucchini Flour?

Yes, you can absolutely bake with zucchini flour. You can substitute up to 1/3 of the all purpose flour with zucchini flour or use it 1:1 to substitute coconut flour. It is not a 1:1 substitute for almond flour though.

Note that your baked goods will take on a green hue because of the flour. However, it doesn't affect the flavor much.

Try using zucchini flour to replace 1/3 of the all purpose flour in one of these recipes:

You can also use squash flour in place of the coconut flour to make soft pumpkin dog treats, almond flour blueberry muffins, sweet potato dog treats, or homemade pill pockets for dogs.

How Much Zucchini Do You Need to Make Zucchini Flour Recipe?

You'll need about 5 pounds of fresh zucchini to make one cup of zucchini flour. Yes, it's a lot of zucchini!

This is a great way to use up zucchini when your friends and neighbors run when you see you in fear that you'll give them another zucchini!

Keep in mind that you use 1/3 cup of zucchini flour to 2/3 cup of all purpose flour, so that cup of flour will go fairly far.

How Do You Store Zucchini Flour?

Zucchini flour will absorb moisture from the air, so it's important to keep it dry so it doesn't mold.

I store my squash flour in a mason jar with a silica packet or I vacuum seal the container with my mason jar attachment.

How Long Does Zucchini Flour Last?

This zucchini flour recipe will last about 6 months. It's important to keep it dry for a longer shelf life.

Zucchini Flour Recipe Ingredients

To learn how to make squash flour, you will need:

How to Make Zucchini Flour

Step #1

Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Cut off any soft spots or blemishes.

Step #2

Cut into thin slices. I used a mandolin slicer on the thinnest setting.

Step #3

Arrange the sliced zucchini on the dehydrator trays. They can touch, but try not to overlap too much.

Step #4

Set the food dehydrator to 135 degrees F and let dry for 8 hours or until the zucchini slices are crisp.

Step #5

Place the dried zucchini in a blender or food processor. Blend on high until it looks like flour. Since I left the skins on, this took a few minutes to get a fine powder. Add more chips and keep blending until it's all blended into a fine powder.

Then pour into a mason jar and vacuum seal or add a silica packet. This will make about 1 cup of zucchini flour.

Now you know how to make zucchini flour and how to use it!

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