My backyard garden is off to a great start so far this growing season. Already this year I've picked a dozen bell peppers, 8 large zucchini, several tomatoes and a few sweet onions. The garden is doing extremely well so far!
Yesterday I decided to get busy and start using up some of my fresh zucchinis and whipped up a batch of homemade chocolate zucchini muffins. Because you are using freshly grated/shredded zucchini, these muffins are really moist and delicious!
4 cups zucchini, grated
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat together the granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract until well blended. Stir in the grated zucchini, beating after each addition. I like to split mine into thirds which makes it easier on my electric mixer.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture to the wet mixture until all ingredients are well-combined. Lightly grease a muffin tin with butter or line baking pan with paper liners.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spoon batter into cups, filling them 80% of the way full. Place baking pan into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.