Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

For the perfect snack or dessert when you're feeling having like something extra chocolatey with a little extra nutrition.



Now as a dietitian, I'm always encouraging people to enjoy their favourite foods, whenever. For me, it's any baked good but ESPECIALLY chocolate. This week I mixed these bad boys up because I wanted to experiment with one of my old favourites from when I was in my hospital rotation during my dietetic internship... chocolate zucchini loaf. However, I couldn't locate my loaf pan, thus these muffins were born.

There's a whole zucchini in here? - My Fiance

This recipe could easily be vegan and/or gluten free by substituting a few ingredients.


Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Yield: 18 muffins


Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/3 cup dutch process cocoa powder

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsp ground coffee beans

Wet

  • 1 medium zucchini

  • 1 egg

  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (I usually use Canola oil, but olive, melted coconut or melted butter would work here)

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (honey works here too)

  • 1/4 cup refined sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Extras

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup Hemp seeds

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F

  2. Use a box grater to grate 1 medium zucchini. Most recipes involving zucchini call for you to squeeze out the extra liquid from the zucchini with the cheese cloth. I chose not to do this because it adds moisture to the muffins that would have otherwise been taken away by the use of the whole wheat flour.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together then add the grated zucchini.

  5. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture.

  6. Once combined, add 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup hemp seeds

  7. Fill your muffin tins with the mixture to 3/4 of the cups

  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes

Enjoy! If you make these muffins please let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know what you think!




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