This spring I’ve been thinking about all the projects that will keep me busy throughout the (hopefully) warm summer months. Of course my list is forever growing, but one thing I’m particularly excited about is planting our garden. Last year we enjoyed fresh vegetables in and out of season. I froze lot’s of veggies and made a gazillion jars of homemade dill pickles.
I figure somewhere around mid March we ran out of our frozen French cut green beans. Can I tell you how much I miss them? My favorite way to cook them is in a little garlic and olive oil with a touch of parmesan cheese – oh yum!
One thing I haven’t run out of yet is the grated zucchini I froze. I usually freeze enough to make zucchini bread all winter long. Since I already have posted my recipe for Quick Zucchini Oatmeal Bread here before, and today I was in the mood for chocolate, I decided to get a little crafty in the kitchen and come up with a for Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. And as luck would have it, I succeeded and these turned out great!
What I like about these muffins is… the zucchini is barely visible. If you’re trying to pass off some veggies to your picky eaters I can assure you that this is one way to do it. Also, these muffins are moist, not greasy, and have just the right amount of chocolate to satisfy my taste. As with most baked goods that I make, I also share, and the recipients of these muffins have given them great reviews.
And now for the recipe…
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. canola oil
2 c. grated zucchini
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. dark mini chocolate chips, plus some for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 325. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers (makes 1.5 dozen muffins).
In a large bowl, add eggs, sugars, oil, and grated zucchini; beat with an electric mixer until completely blended. Add in baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Beat in flour, and lastly, fold in mini chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared muffin tins – filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Immediately sprinkle some mini chips on the muffins once they are removed from the oven, and cool completely before removing the muffins from the tins.
Do you plant a garden? If so, what is your favorite veggie to grow? And do you have a favorite?