Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – healthy, easy and great for the lunch box

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All this talk about getting sorted for going back to school next week has finally helped me get my baking back on after 6 weeks of mainly frozen or raw “treats” being handed out around here.  So with my diligent, virtuous Mummy hat on put back for half an hour I cobbled together these muffins for the mini food critics on the street to see if they would make the grade for the school lunch boxes.

I was sure that there would be an objection from some in the crowd about the zucchini but they were a hit and nobody even noticed that there was anything “green” in them at all!  So we have landed on a perfect vessel for veggie smuggling too.  Happy Days!

While I was baking Miss E was given the job of teaching Miss M how to tie a shoelace using this big wooden shoe (from Melissa & Doug).  Miss M did eventually do it, yay, and Miss E got a great lesson in patience and staying calm when someone doesn’t listen to them.  Payback I call it!

Do you get the elder sibling to do the dirty work and teach the younger one things?  The things you actually want them to learn not the naughty tricks they happily teach them anyway!!!!

So with that school holiday goal ticked off the list (with the added bonus being Miss E got a much needed self confidence boost in being able to teach her sister something successfully) I had some time to sit down and write up this recipe.  Traditional method first followed by the Thermomix version.

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These really are healthy, nutritious muffins. I used honey so you could say refined sugar free and you can swap out the regular plain flour for a gluten free one if you need to (I used sorghum for a change but a premix is fine too).  They are delicious served warm with yoghurt or ice cream or perfect for the lunch boxes or after school snack.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Recipe inspired from Babble

makes 14 muffins (can be frozen for up to 3 months)

What you need:

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium, 3 small)

2 C wholemeal or plain flour (or gluten free)

1/2 C raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa)

1/4 C desiccated coconut (try for an organic one which doesn’t have sulphites if you can)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

3/4 C buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk handy just squeeze some lemon juice into normal milk and let it sit for 5 minutes will do the trick)

3/4 C honey or you could use Rice Malt Syrup

1/3 C olive oil

1 tsp vanilla

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180 C degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with patty cases and you will have enough batter for at least 2 extra so I used some sturdy patty cases that don’t need the support of a tin.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cacao, coconut, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs lightly and then add the buttermilk, honey, olive oil, and vanilla.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until combined.

Fold in the grated zucchini.

Spoon the batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

Now for the Thermomix version:

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 300g zucchini (about 2 medium or 3 small)
  • 210 g (or 2 C) wholemeal or plain flour (or gluten free)
  • 45 g raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa)
  • 20g desiccated coconut (try for an organic one which doesn't have sulphites if you can)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 180g buttermilk (don't have buttermilk handy just squeeze some lemon juice into normal milk and let it sit for 5 minutes will do the trick)
  • 230 g honey or you could use Rice Malt Syrup
  • 55 g olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with patty cases and
  2. Grate the zucchini Speed 6 / 6 seconds. Scrape the sides and if there are some larger pieces blitz again on speed 5 / 2 seconds to avoid detection!
  3. Add flour, cacao, coconut, baking powder and salt. Combine Reverse / speed 4 / 6 seconds. Scrape sides.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, honey, olive oil and vanilla and combine Speed 4 / 4 seconds
  5. Pour the batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
https://www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com/2015/01/chocolate-zucchini-muffins-healthy-easy-and-great-for-the-lunch-box/

Do you need to “hide’ veggies in food?  Do you have a favourite lunch box treat that you can share? Are you ready for back to school?

 

 

 

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12 comments on “Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – healthy, easy and great for the lunch box

  1. Marns
    January 22, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Yum! These look amazing and the perfect way to trick my hubby into eating something green! I’m going to give them a try.

    • Vicki
      January 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Love that it’s your hubby that needs the tricking! x

  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    January 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the thermie instructions too. Ooh anything with healthy and chocolate in the name is a winner by me! These look absolutely delicious. Happy Fabulous Foodie Fridays xx

    • Vicki
      January 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Lucy. I’ve been tucking into them! Thanks for the link up. x

  3. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    January 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

    These will be perfect for my anti veggie eating toddler and my first time school girl. Thanks!

    • Vicki
      January 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    January 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Yum! These look healthy and delicious and a great way to smuggle veggies into unsuspecting lunch munchers!

    • Vicki
      January 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I liked them!!! Thanks for stopping by Sammie. x

  5. Bianca
    January 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Ok I was skeptical – but these muffins are delish!
    And the kids love them too. Win win!
    Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Vicki
      January 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      I know zucchini in a muffin right??? I’m so pleased you liked them. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    January 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been wanting a way to hide the greens that my son wont eat behind something he will and this is the perfect thing! Pinning!

    • Vicki
      January 28, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      That’s great! My pleasure and they really are yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

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