Monday, September 3, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Muffin Monday}

Happy Monday! It's Labor Day which means the traditional end of summer is upon us. I don't know about you, but I'm just not ready for fall...yet. Although we'll officially be starting back to lessons tomorrow, our garden is producing like crazy which means we'll be continuing our study of agriculture and food preservation! I think we'll call it Home Ec. ;)  Anyway, between teaching my kids and putting as much of our homegrown produce by as possible, I'm hoping to find some time this week to share what we've got planned for our homeschool this year as well as to give an update on the garden.

As you've likely guessed from this recipe, I'm doing my best to make good use of the zucchini that are abundant right now. Feel free to substitute white or brown sugar for the Rapadura if you don't happen to have any, and add more zucchini if you want! These are moist, not too sweet, and just the thing to satisfy a chocolate craving. Enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
makes 12 muffins

1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. Rapadura sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. sea salt
1 1/2 c. shredded zucchini
1/3 c. real chocolate chips
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 t. real vanilla

Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease muffin tin with coconut oil. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir in zucchini to coat, then add chocolate chips. In a separate bowl, combine egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter. Add wet mixture to dry, stirring only until moistened -- don't over mix your muffins! Fill muffins cups 2/3 full and bake 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for five minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Bon appetit!

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  1. Anonymous9/03/2012

    Oh Lisa...these are just delicious! :) I need to forego the chocolate chips, my middle son is allergic to them :(

    Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day!

    1. Mrs. B, By all means, leave those choc. chips out! Thanks for your kind words, ~Lisa

  2. Those look really good! Maybe I'll be able to try some while I'm home on break from college. :)

    1. Thanks, Jenn. Hope you enjoyed your break!

  3. Anonymous9/03/2012

    I've never made a muffin which had some vegetables in it. They sound good. I'll have to give them a try.

    Blessings to you! :)

    1. Mara, I know it wounds weird, but these are super yummy. Hope you like them!

  4. Anonymous9/04/2012

    Hope your first day back in school is great. It's always funny to me how we say that when we really know that any time you have children you are always teaching them. :-)

    1. So true, Shara. We did have a great first week back to lessons and are now in our second week which is being spent canning and gathering/stacking firewood for the winter. There is, indeed, always learning going on--real life is full of it! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

  5. Your Home Ec lessons sound like fun! I really like these muffins, especially with the double chocolate hit of the cocoa and the chocolate chips. And I'm always looking for new ways to use zucchini!

    1. April, Our "home ec" lessons have been a blast! Slowly filling the pantry and freezer with what we've grown or gleaned from friends and family is so satisfying. You'll have to let me know if you give these a try; they're a sneaky yet delicious way to eat your veggies! Blessings, ~Lisa

    2. PS: Thanks for the feature, April. :)


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