Monday, August 8, 2011

sneak zucchini onto your neighbor's porch today...

I read in the Family Fun magazine that today is 
"Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day!"
How fun is that?
We've had a decent crop of zucchini, but so have my neighbors. I bet the last thing they want is another zucchini. So, instead I'm sneaking chocolate zucchini muffins.
(Only now I'm not sneaking, since my darling neighbor reads this blog. Haha). 

I used the delicious recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Our Best Bites, only I changed a few things. I made muffins instead because I LOVE more surface area of the crust instead of the soft middle. Plus, it takes half the time to bake! I always make muffins instead of quick bread for those two reasons. I always change the order of how most recipes recommend, my reasoning helps you use way less dishes :) But you have to be careful to mix everything well, without over-mixing!

Here's the recipe:
(with my minor edits) 


2 T brown sugar
2 T white sugar
1/2 t cinnamon


3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
1 zucchini
2 C flour
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 C canola oil
1 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease muffin tins. You don't need cupcake liners.

3. Beat oil, white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until combined and slightly fluffy, 1-2 minutes with a stand or hand mixer.
4. Add vanilla and sour cream and gently mix until combined.

5. Get your zucchini and grate on the smallest setting. Discard any seeds you can gather.

6. Gently stir in the grated zucchini.
7. Place flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder on top of your mixture. Gently mix dry ingredients on the top. Then, combine dry top layer with wet bottom layer thoroughly but without over mixing (this will cause your muffins to droop).
 8. Give chocolate chips a quick chop. Stir in gently until combined.

9. Mix topping ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.

10. Spoon batter into muffin tins. Sprinkle with topping evenly.

11. Bake large muffins appx 25 minutes. Bake mini muffins appx 15 minutes.

Now go deliver some to your neighbor! 
Quick, the day isn't over yet!!!

Thank you Our Best Bites for this wonderful recipe!
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  1. I've never heard of muffins made with zucchini before. Thanks for the recipe. Going to try it and have my family guest what's the mystery ingredient.

  2. Looks delish! You can sneak some of those onto my doorstep any day!

  3. Yummy Yummy! I love zucchini bread so I am sure I would love these! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Now why couldn't you be my neighbor? These look so delicious!

    Following from a bloghop.

  5. I have never heard of chocolate zucchini muffins! I bet my husband would love them!!

  6. This recipe is totally calling out to me to make it!!

    We call Zucchini 'Courgettes' in the UK and I'm totally adding them to my shopping list tomorrow :D

  7. What cute blog! I just found you at Someday Crafts link party and am your newest follower! I'd love a follow back when you get a sec!

    I'd also love for you to join my sweet treats party and GIVEAWAY tomorrow! Hope to see you there :)

    {Sweet Treats Thursday} Thu-Sun

  8. Yum!
    I just found your cute blog and wanted to invite you to my weekly any link goes party at Bacon Time. I am even giving away a cute pair of fork silver earrings to one lucky linker this weekend. Hope you will join us.


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♥Rach H