Top Secret Chocolate Mini Muffins (Secret Ingredients: Zucchini & Avocado)


I got gorgeous bright big green zukes from the farmer’s market and in my endeavor to make as many creative and clever dishes for my family, I came up these fantastically moist, super chocolate-y, extra healthy, kid friendly muffins with not just one secret ingredient – but two! Zucchini + avocado. It’s not because I want to hide healthy things in chocolate. These muffins are genuinely delicious!

makes 40 mini muffins

1 cup grated zucchini
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 scanty cup vegan sugar (I used non-GMO beet sugar)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 regular size avocado
1/2 scanty cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 flax eggs (1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)

Using a box grater, grate the zucchini and place it into a strainer over a bowl. Salt with 1 teaspoon of salt and stir around. Let sit for at least 15 minutes if not longer and press out the water.

Preheat the oven to 350.  Make flax eggs and set aside. Mash the avocado.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl and mix lightly with a fork to combine. Add the zucchini, avocado, water, vanilla extract and flax eggs. Using a hand mixer, mix well until batter forms.

Use a small ice cream scooper to spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Muffin Roundup

Muffins are a definite form of comfort food in my house. But, let’s face it, they are really cake in the form of muffin. But we love them because they are easy to make, transportable, and delicious!

1. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins. It’s banana bread in the form of muffins. Swap the chocolate chips for walnuts for a delicious variation.


2. Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. Lemony goodness.

3. Blueberry Muffins. Really, need I say more? The original recipe calls for thawed, frozen blueberries but fresh ones work perfectly well too!

4. Apple Muffins. What to make after apple picking.

5. Zucchini Muffins. A great way to use all of that summer zucchini.

6. Honee Cornbread Muffins. Made with bee free honee!


7. Banana Peanut Butter Muffins. Bananas and peanut butter. In a muffin. Perfect!