Thursday, October 25, 2018

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins - gluten free and delicious for all!

I am still totally committed to the idea that anything with fruit or a veggie in it can be called healthy - or at least "healthier"!  These zucchini muffins have added "good for you" qualities because they incorporate oat flour, honey (no refined sugar), and pure almond butter.  And the chocolate used is dark chocolate so even that is good!  with the dark chocolate and honey, they are just sweet enough and are also wonderfully moist.  You will want to make these again... and again....




ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

adapted from Easy Flourless Muffins, Bars and Cookies

1 1/2 c. rolled oats
3 T. ground golden flaxseed
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t.salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 c. whole milk
6 T. almond butter  (I like the BARE brand)
6 T. raw clover honey
1 T. Mexican vanilla extract (Mexican vanilla highlights the chocolate)
1 c. shredded zucchini (squeezed in paper towels to remove excess moisture)
1/2-3/4 c. dark chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips or a combination


Preheat oven to 350.  Line a muffin pan with parchment liners and set aside.

In a high speed blender, place the oats, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Blend on high for about 20 second or until the oats are broken down into a flour.

In a separate bowl, mix all of the remaining ingredients except the zucchini and chocolate chips.  Add the blended flour ingredients and mix again just until blended - about 20 seconds on the medium speed of a mixer.  Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips with a spatula.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill each lined muffin cup with the batter (the ice cream scoop gives the perfect amount for 12 muffins).  They should be about 3/4 full.



Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes clean.  Remove from the oven and let sit in the tin for 10 minutes. Then remove from the tin and finish cooling on a wire rack.



These keep very well and also freeze well, if they last that long!




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