Inside Scoop: Hide your veggies in chocolate with these healthy chocolate zucchini muffins.
This recipe was submitted by Tara Thorne, Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a focus on helping busy mums take control of their health and happiness.
Fudgey, chocolatey, and loaded with all the right kind of healthy ingredients (including veggies), these super healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins will make all your muffin, and all your chocolate dreams come true!
There’s something about sneaking zucchini into foods, and you know that we love a good chocolate recipe, that’s why when Tara Thorne handed over this recipe for these Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, we were ecstatic to whip up a batch. As a matter of fact, we make these muffins on the regular. They are perfect for breakfast, snacking, kiddos and when you’re busy and on-the-go. They really beat the heck out of those sugar laced Tims or Starbucks muffins, and are much better for you…. plus… all the chocolate!
One of our favourite things about these little healthy chocolatey zucchini muffins of joy is that they contain a load of gut loving ingredients. You have whole grains (which are loaded with fiber), apples (which contain prebiotics) and flax seeds (which also contain prebiotics, as well as anti-inflammatory fats).
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BENEFITS OF THESE DELICIOUS & HEALTHY CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
Not only do these Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins contain gut-loving ingredients, but these are a sneaky little way to get some of your daily dose of veggies in.
Hiding veggies in chocolate? You bet your cute butt we would.
So get in on these healthy chocolate zucchini muffins today, because they:
- Contain whole grains
- Have no refined sugar
- Contain vegetables
- Double chocolate….. of course!
- Contain fiber
- Contain healthy fats
- Are chocolaty, fudgey and oh so delicious
Don’t mind us, we’ll be over here snacking out on all the chocolate! Oh yeah, and speaking of chocolate, if you’re digging this double dose, you might want to check out our No Bake Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies they’re one of our favs!
What do you think about Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins? Let us know in the comments below.
Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or spelt, oat if using GF
- 1/3 cup cacao powder unsweetened
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp flax
- 1 cup shredded zucchini about 1 medium
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup non-dairy milk alternative e.g. almond, cashew, coconut
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips dark chocolate, dairy free
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Shred the zucchini and use paper towels to squeeze out excess water. Important step!
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In separate bowl mix together melted coconut oil, maple syrup/honey, vanilla, flax, zucchini, applesauce, milk alternative and chocolate chips.
- Slowly and in batches add dry ingredients to wet.
- Mix until just combined. THE MIXTURE WILL BE RUNNY! This is a-ok. In fact, it's the reason these puppies come out so delectably moist.
- Evenly spoon into muffin liners.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Muffins are done once a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
* Store muffins in an air-tight container in the fridge
Tara is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She also has training from the Institute for Functional Medicine, specifically in hormones and is currently finishing up studying to become a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach. Tara is an expert at interpreting the DUTCH comprehensive hormone test and MTHFR and nutrigenomics, having studied methylation and clinical nutrigenomics at the Seeking Health Educational Institute. Tara’s practice focuses on helping busy mums navigate the overwhelm and confusion surrounding how to live healthfully in a hectic world by providing evidenced-based functional nutrition and lifestyle strategies. She is a mummy of two, an entrepreneur and a writer who writes for publications around the globe with a specific focus on nutrition.