Spiced Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    1 hour 40 mins

    A great way to sneak vegetables into your kids without them knowing. You can also adjust the recipe to suit your family's tastes, or create your own variations. For an optional topping use any, all or a combination of the following: equal parts brown sugar, chopped nuts and mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle tops of muffins just prior to baking.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 3 eggs
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup (45g) cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 2 cups grated zucchini
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease or line two 12 cup muffin tins with patty pans/muffin cases.
    2. In a large bowl beat the eggs. Beat in the sugar and oil. Add the cocoa, vanilla, zucchini and stir well.
    3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom. Mix until just moist.
    4. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. Store loosely covered.

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    I love these! The first time I followed the recipe exactly, the second time I added about 3/4 cup of walnuts and substituted applesauce for half the oil. Very moist either way! One of my favorite "zucchini bread" recipes.  -  15 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were great! I used a cup of apple sauce instead of the oil and cut the sugar in half to make them a little healthier.  -  09 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I changed it a bit, since I didn't have cardamom on hand~ doubled the cinnamon instead. I also did half brown/half white sugar and it still turned out great.  -  24 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)