Orange-Scented Zucchini Bread

Because zucchini has such a mild flavor, it adds texture and moisture to this tea bread without giving it a vegetable-y flavor.

1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons extra-light olive oil
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
1/3 cup raisins

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2 In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon.
3 In a separate bowl, stir together the egg whites, buttermilk, oil, and orange zest. Stir in the zucchini.
4 Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the zucchini mixture. Stir just until evenly moistened. Fold in the raisins.
5 Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto the rack to cool completely. Makes 10 slices

Makes Makes 10 slices

Per slice: 186 calories, 4.4g total fat (0.7g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 1.2g dietary fiber, 34g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 135mg sodium.