Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

   

You had me at Chocolate Zucchini! I love a good quick muffin. The zucchini in this recipe is a great way to hide in some extra veggies with the kids and take your muffins to a new level of YUM!

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

Sifting your dry ingredients is the best way to ensure a light, but moist muffin. I use a mesh strainer over a bowl. Begin by dumping in your flour.

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I used Dark Cocoa Powder... I am obsessed with dark chocolate... Regular would work... But if you have dark...  (You get my point...)

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Not too heavy of a Cinnamon flavor. Just enough.

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Baking powder.

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Baking Soda.

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Salt.

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Sift all the dry ingredients together.

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See. All the lumps out. (If only I could sift myself through one of these... Get all my "lumps" out! Hehehe)

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In another bowl add your eggs and sugar.

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Whisk the sugar and eggs together until well combined.

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Whisk until nice and golden.

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To save a little on calories and fat content, I used a combination of Applesauce and Oil.

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I love finding easy and yummy substitutions for baking.

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Pour in some good Vanilla.

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Grate some Zucchini

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Add the Zucchini to your egg mixture.

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Time to combine the dry and wet ingredients. Remember to stir just until combined. These muffins taste way better when the wet and dry ingredients barely mingle together.

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And... More Chocolate!

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Use a large ice cream scoop to fill your muffin tins.

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Looks pretty yummy already!

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Aaahhhh..... CHOCOLATE!!!!!!

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These are good for me... Right? Very little oil... Veggies in them... And you should eat a little dark chocolate every day...

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Grab one and you know what to do!

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CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

3 C. Flour (whole grain or all purpose)

1/4 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Dark if available)

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Salt

2 C. White Sugar

3 Eggs

3/4 C. Applesauce

1/4 C. Vegetable Oil

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

2 C. Shredded Zucchini

1 C. Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Sift into a large bowl flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, & salt. In a separate bowl whisk together sugar and eggs until well blended. Add eggs, applesauce, oil, & vanilla and stir until combined. Stir in Zucchini. Mix together dry & wet ingredients until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop into muffin tins. Bake at 350˚ for 18-22 minutes. Makes approx. 24 muffins.

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