However, when someone offers me their garden bounty, I just can't say no to free, fresh, and local. Especially when it comes with their two favorite family recipes. Like the yummy chocolate zucchini bread/muffin recipe I just tried this morning.
Seriously, it doesn't even have a slight zucchini taste. It's all chocolate, baby!
Mix the wet ingredients.
Mix the dry ingredients.
Add the wet to the dry.
Mix and add the chocolate chips.
Spray and flour your bread pans/muffin tins or use muffin cups For muffins, fill tins 3/4 full.
All ready for the freezer and weekday breakfasts!
Handy hint: These muffins are rather aromatic during baking. They do NOT taste the same as they smell. Allow the house to air out before your veggie-detester comes home, so you don't have to make a full disclosure of the ingredients present in these moist little delectables.
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
2-1/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, optional
Combine dry ingredients including nuts, if desired. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, oil, vanilla and zucchini; then add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into 24 muffin cups or 2 medium-sized, greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes for muffins or 50-55 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean) for bread. This recipe will also make 8 mini-loaves (bake 30 minutes.)
Note: The friends who shared this recipe attest that spraying the pans only doesn't work. Use spray and flour. I found the easiest way to do this was to spray each cup, then drop a few sprinkles of flour in each one. I then knocked the tin on the edge of the counter on all sides until the cup is evenly coated with flour. Or you could take the slacker's way and use muffin paper cups! :p
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Mouth-watering Monday, Tuesday Tastes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, DIY Day.