A batch (or two!) of light and chocolatey paleo zucchini muffins is the very best use for all that delicious summer zucchini!
Every spring when I was growing up, I got to help my dad plant a spring vegetable garden. He’d do all the hard work of digging up the dirt and prepping the soil, but then, once everything was ready, he’d help me and my brothers & sisters do the fun part: the planting! I had my tiny spade to dig a little hole; he’d show me how to sprinkle the plant food in the hole I’d dug, and then he’d hand me the fragile baby plant to set down into the soil. I’d pack the soil all around the plant, and then usually would have to run for my life, screaming, as my big brother chased me around the yard with his hands full of creepy earthworms. Yuck.
Besides the worms part, the garden-planting weekends were among my favorite times of year growing up, and they’re some of my favorite memories I share with my dad. I had so much fun “helping” him plant (honestly I probably got in the way more than I really helped! But it was so fun anyways), and now that I have my own family, I can’t wait til the kids are home and the backyard is ready so we can all plant a vegetable garden too!
Zucchini plants always did really well growing in our garden every year, and they’ve always been one of my favorite vegetables to eat. I love grilling them, baking with them, and just eating them plain! I love how versatile they are…they are delicious in savory dishes and they taste phenomenal in sweet desserts and baked goods too!
Today’s recipe is fabulous if you’re looking for a way to use all that yummy fresh zucchini that’s around this time of year. And whether you’re into eating paleo or not, these muffins will be a hit the entire family will love! There’s all that yummy chocolate, and even better, all that good-for-you protein and fiber from the coconut flour! Coconut flour (which you can find at most major grocery stores, Amazon or Vitacost) is my go-to grain-free flour, because it keeps baked goods so light and moist, and I love how a little bit of it goes a really long way (there’s only 5 Tablespoons of it in this entire 10-muffin recipe!).
The kids won’t even notice that there’s vegetables in these tasty muffins, so don’t spill the secret! Prep time takes only about 10 minutes (or less!), so you can have a batch of these whipped up in a flash! These Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are awesome for breakfast, snacks, or even for dessert!
Enjoy your weekend, enjoy your zucchini, and enjoy these muffins!!
- 5 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 4 Large Eggs
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- 3 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil OR Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Shredded Zucchini (about 1 medium), drained and well squeezed of excess moisture
- ½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan by greasing or spraying with nonstick cooking spray (or use silicone muffin cups). Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk to combine Coconut Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, and Salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk Eggs. Add Maple Syrup, Oil, and Vanilla, and whisk to combine. Whisk in Zucchini.
- Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and whisk until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter into 10 of the prepared muffin cups (each should be a little more than ¾ full. Don’t worry, they won’t overflow!) Fill the empty muffin cups half full with water to prevent any pan warping.
- Bake muffins for about 12-15 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached.
- Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before carefully removing to cool completely on a wire rack (Carefully running a plastic knife around the edges of each muffin before removing each one makes them come out of the pan a little easier).
- Store muffins in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Makes 10 muffins.
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