I love zucchini.
I’m just gonna put that out there and recommend that if you do NOT love zucchini, you not read the rest of this post, as I know some people have it in for harmless, delicious, not-that-nutritious zucchini, and I won’t have any of that attitude here.
I kind of grew up on zucchini, as it was one vegetable that always proliferated wildly in our family garden. While I have many fond memories of (unsuccessfully) digging in my heels in protest of picking beans or hoeing potatoes, I did love the fruits (or vegetables?) of the forced labour, and now look forward to one day having space of my own to have a garden.
We always had so much zucchini that mom would go on a blitz, making zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini muffins, chocolate zucchini muffins, minestrone soup and chili full of zucchini, bags of zucchini in the freezer for future baking…and she would STILL have boatloads of zucchinis-as-big-as-your-leg to give away. She told me the old expression, “You know you don’t have any friends when you have to buy zucchini”, since everyone who grew zucchini had so much they would give it anyway to anyone they could catch.
Mom, I do so have friends. Just not the right kind apparently. But I always feel a little lonely when I buy zucchini thanks to that. So I strap my zucchini into the passenger seat for company. Such a good listener.
Anyways, thanks to this deliciously zucchini-filled upbringing, I have a soft spot for mass baking zucchini goods. A single batch of zucchini muffins was never to be found at our home, so last week I made 2 batches of zucchini muffins and 2 loaves of zucchini bread and realized my freezer was eensy and put the rest of my zucchini in spaghetti, teriyaki noodles, and omelettes. Carl and Gemma didn’t like zucchini.
Until I made these muffins. I have a plain zucchini muffin recipe I like with a thick slab of cheddar cheese, but these ones are amazing all on their own (and the cheese wouldn’t go too well with the chocolate anyways – how can my two favourite foods get along so badly?). These, in my opinion, and being well-versed in zucchini goods it is a pretty well-formed opinion, are the best zucchini muffins ever. And Carl and Gemma love them too, and even the green bits can’t throw them off. I always double the recipe since it only makes 10 muffins and that just isn’t enough. This time I made a dozen regular ones and 20 mini muffins, perfect evening snacks and before-bed filler for Gemma, and a fun answer when someone says “Did you have breakfast?” to say, “Yes, I grabbed a handful of muffins.”
CHOCOLATE CHIP ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini, unpeeled
1/2 cup chocolate chips, ideally miniature ones
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
In small bowl, whisk egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened, then fold in zucchini and chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake 22-25 minutes or until tops are browned and firm to the touch.
Zucchini bread recipe coming soon :)
Muffins adapted from allrecipes.com