One of my first recipes on the blog was for chocolate zucchini muffins. The photos are of course atrocious and the recipe needed some tweaking, so here’s my zucchini muffin recipe 2.0! I left out some of the spices from the first one to let the natural flavors shine through, added chocolate chips, and used zucchini straight from my garden. On my first round, I didn’t strain out too much of the liquid from the zucchini which resulted in dense little pancake muffins. They still tasted great, but removing that liquid for this recipe gave me the perfect pillowy muffins I wanted! These make a great sweet tooth snack or on-the-go breakfast!
(makes 12-15 muffins)
3-4 zucchinis, grated (about 3 cups)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
½ Tbs vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
A few of mine thought they were gourds and grew a little wonky!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
(1.) Over a large colander, finely grate your zucchinis. Press on shredded zucchini to squeeze out excess liquid. I also wrap mine in several paper towels and squeeze to get out even more liquid. (2.) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and set aside. (3.) In a separate bowl, beat together sugar and melted butter. (4.) Beat in eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla extract.
(5.) Stir in grated zucchini. (6.) Slowly add zucchini mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until completely incorporated. (7.) Fold in chocolate chips. (8.) Spoon batter into muffin cups until they’re about ¾ of the way full.
Place in the oven to bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. (9.) Pop them out of the pan and place on a cooling rack for another 10-15 minutes.
Serve right away or store in an air-tight container at room temperature. Should keep for up to 1 week.
Tattooed Martha Tip: These go best with an ice cold glass of milk!