Summer Squash Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

August 13, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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Summer Squash Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake


Summer Squash Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Treats with Summer Squash

When I planted our summer squash,  I made sure to do two yellow squash plants:  a crooked neck and a yellow zucchini.  I knew only one green zucchini plant would be enough.  I didn’t realize that the yellow squash would grow faster than the green ones!   So here is a recipe for a “not too sweet” coffee cake to use up that extra summer squash from the garden.

Summer Squash Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

This "not too sweet" coffee cake is firm like a quick bread, perfect with a cup of tea or with your morning coffee.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer squash, yellow squash, zucchini


  • oblong glass baking dish 8.9 inch x 13.2 inch
  • large mixing bowl
  • grater or food processor with grating blade
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • rubber spatula
  • small bowl


  • 3 cups grated zucchini or summer squash
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an oblong baking dish.
  • 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine grated squash, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.
  • 3. Add 1 cup of the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Mix well.
  • 4. Add the remaining two cups of flour and mix until incorporated.
  • 5. In small bowl, mix the 1/4 cup of brown sugar and the 2 Tbsp of cinnamon together.
  • 6. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.
  • 7. Spread the rest of the batter on top of the cinnamon sugar, and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top.
  • 8. Use spatula to swirl the cinnamon sugar throughout the batter.
  • 9. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted in the middle of the cake and comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.


Try it with fresh homemade whipped cream!

summer time

Summer Time 2020

This is certainly a strange year due to COVID19,  and I miss all my former activities directing choirs and playing in a community band,   but I’m grateful to be home on the ranch,  growing a garden, and using this time to make new friends through my blog!   Let me know if you try my recipes, and share photos on Instagram.  If you hashtag #MimiAvocado I’ll see them!

Use Up That Extra Summer Squash

There are lots more ways to use up that extra summer squash! I’m planning to try some summer squash recipes that friends have shared.  Here are some:

Tropical Zucchini Bread from my friend Sue at It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake

Roasted Baby Summer Squash Soup from my friend Natalie at The Devil Wears Parsley

Grilled Zucchini Pizza from my friend Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Spiced Zucchini Bread from my friend Dorothy over at Shockingly Delicious. 

Zucchini Cream Cheese  Pound Cake from my friend Sara at My Imperfect Kitchen  

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by Mimi Holtz

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Zoodles with Italian meat sauce

Summer Squash or Zucchini  Family Favorite

Are you looking for a recipe to use all that summer squash or zucchini from the garden that your family will  ask you to make again and again? Here it is!  I have made this twice in the last week to rave reviews.  It tastes like sausage pizza but with healthy spiralized squash noodles (“zoodles”) instead of the bread.  I wanted to call it “lasagna” but you can’t cut it into squares like lasagna, and there’s no ricotta layer.  The broth is so tasty that my family has been eating it in bowls so they can sip the last of the luscious juicy goodness.  (scroll down for recipe) Continue Reading →

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by Mimi Holtz

An Interview with Courtney Kilian, Author of Journaling Through Uncertainty

Journaling Through Uncertainty book cover

A Different Kind of Post

If you have ever thought you might want to be a writer, this post is for you.  What makes a writer?  Someone who writes! When life gets chaotic and we need to live each day despite difficult challenges,  journaling can be a way to  preserve our memories and find a pathway to balance during difficult times.  How to begin?  Read on!

Journaling Through Uncertainty

A new book called “Journaling Through Uncertainty” by Courtney Kilian offers a guide to beginning the process of journaling  for those who are just beginning,  or for experienced journalists who need a nudge in a new direction.  The author is a well-qualifed and experienced teacher who brings her broad experience to offer tools for inspiring confidence in uncertainty,  strength in difficulty, and balance for joyful living.
Today I’m sharing an interview with Courtney Kilian, who did what many of us wish to do: wrote a book to share how journaling has made a difference in her life,  and to inspire others to use journaling during difficult times.

Continue Reading →

May 17, 2020
by Mimi Holtz

Cinnamon Applesauce Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

glazed baked applesauce donuts

New Donut Flavor

I used a pouch of fruit and veggie applesauce to make these glorious donuts.  (scroll down to go straight to the recipe)  Our grandchildren love pouches filled with organic fruit and vegetables. These are from North Coast Organic apple products of Sebastopol, CA.  Recently North Coast sent me an “inspiration box” of their products, including these boxes of  North Coast Organic applesauce pouches.

Applesauce pouches from North Coast Organics

Applesauce Pouches  with Fruits and Veggies

The flavor choices are fun!  My grandchildren love these resealable pouches, especially when they don’t want to stop playing but need a snack.

North Coast Organic applesauce

There is no added sugar or preservatives.  Combinations include blueberry/spinach/kale,   mango/sweet potato/apricot, or pear/blackberry/beet.  Each box has four servings/pouches. Continue Reading →

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