Between reading other blogs and hearing from friends, the typical Summer bounty of zucchini a-plenty seems to be starting. I, on the other hand, actually have to buy it at the grocery store. The upside? Zucchini is pretty inexpensive. Mind you, if there is anyone out there who lives nearby and you have an abundance of zucchini on your hands, don't hesitate to give me a call. I would be happy to take it off your hands.
Usually I'll make zucchini-walnut cake, but this time around I wanted to throw in some chocolate. I've seen recipes for zucchini-chocolate cake before and I figured it was time to give it a go myself. I found an excellent recipe for Zucchini Muffins on the Simply Recipes blog/site. As I've mentioned before, I love a recipe where you can easily swap out ingredients to suit your taste. This one did not let me down.
Consider it...once you've had grilled zucchini, zucchini fritters, zucchini chips, and zucchini quesadillas you'll still want these muffins. Honestly, they have chocolate in them...how could you not?
Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins
(Adapted from the Zucchini Muffins Recipe on Simply Recipes.com)
Makes 6 [actually, 7...but it was half-sized]
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with liners or grease with a little butter. Melt butter and set aside. In a large bowl, combine sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix well. Add grated zucchini and butter. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Mix dry ingredients then add gradually to wet ingredients. Add chocolate chips and stir until all the ingredients are combined. Spoon into muffin pan, so each well is nearly full. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in pan before removing and finish cooling on cooling rack.
My baking time was closer to the 30 minute mark.