Happy September! This past weekend the boy and I packed up our car, and moved all of his stuff from Ottawa to Montreal. It was certainly a strange move, one I wasn’t expecting to do a few years ago. But I’m looking forward to when I finish my diploma in Ottawa, and I can move there too.

I got back to Ottawa about an hour ago, and looked around at all the packing I need to do for myself, and I can’t help feeling overwhelmed. Moving is simply the worst. And unless my kitty decides to grow opposable thumbs, I’m packing on my own. The good thing about the move I’ll be doing is that I’ll end up living closer to school AND will be living in a house with a big kitchen!! So much is about to happen in this new kitchen, that it won’t even know what hit it.

I’m still finding a lot of great zucchini at the farmers market, so I decided to bake up some muffins that will be easy to eat during the moving process. These muffins are jam-packed with chocolate chips and healthy zucchini, and are super moist! I definitely recommend these.

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 F and line a muffin pan with paper liners. Then in a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

In another bowl, beat the sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla on medium speed until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared liners. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing them to the rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Recipe taken from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup zucchini, coarsely grated (about 1 small zucchini)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla on medium speed until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared liners. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing them to the rack to cool completely.

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20 Responses to Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  1. Moving is such a pain but congrats on the big kitchen! And these muffins are much needed! Chocolate + zucchini is such an awesome combo.

  2. Leslie says:

    I love you Katrina and we will help you move!!!!!!! THese look so good!!! Leslie

  3. Fern says:

    Oooh…I didn’t know that chocolate and zucchini was an actual combination. They look super! I might try making these for a playdate…I’m sure kids can’t tell Choc from zucchini ;-)

  4. Kathryn says:

    Love zucchini muffins, these look so good!

  5. pips says:

    Look so tender… I’ve never tried them before!!!

  6. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    good luck with the rest of your move! these muffins look incredible!

  7. Sues says:

    Yum! These actually have me hoping for some zucchini in this week’s CSA (and I thought I was on zucchini overload!). I absolutely love this idea.

  8. ecavalla says:

    Yes, I will make these :) They look delish!

  9. Delish, can’t wait to try these!
    happiness…
    dannelle@nestenterprises

  10. Joanne says:

    Moving is the worst, but at least it helps you pare down some of your things or at least figure out what you really need v. what you haven’t used in five years. :P These muffins look delicious! Chocolate is the perfect way to dress up zucchini.

  11. Erica Lea says:

    I have never baked (or cooked, for that matter) with zucchini, but these look yummy! And those are adorable muffin papers. :)

  12. Yay for big kitchens! These muffins look great, I love that they have zucchini AND chocolate!

  13. icakepops says:

    I just loooove zucchini muffins! The first time I tried them I was really surprised at how yummy they were. And now I’m completely hooked!

  14. Mmm these look delicious! Perfect end of summer treat!

  15. Tracey says:

    So glad you liked these!! I haven’t made them in a while, so thanks for the reminder :)

  16. Eliana says:

    Can’t think of a better eat to eat up my veggies!

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