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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes…Or Muffins (Whichever Makes You Feel Better)

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Use up your abundance of zucchini with chocolate zucchini cupcakes. Enjoy them for breakfast, with a bowl of soup or as a dessert. No matter when you eat them chocolate zucchini cupcakes are delicious!
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Anyone who’s ever grown zucchini knows that it just keeps coming! To me that means one thing – time to bake!
Chocolate and zucchini pair beautifully.
I added cocoa powder to a zucchini muffin batter. What I had intended to be muffins turned out a bit more like cupcakes.
To give you an idea of how they went over with the family…we ate twelve in the first day. Yes, twelve!
Since they taste like cupcakes my daughter asked for frosting on hers. So far we’ve tried vanilla and strawberry frosting. Chocolate would be great too!
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Not just a dessert.
Personally I like to eat chocolate zucchini cupcakes like muffins. They taste amazing when they are warm and topped with butter.
I have even cut one up and put in my yogurt for cookies ‘n’ cream yogurt. Basically they are all around delicious.
Some now. Some later.
I’ve made two batches now. And they don’t last long. If you can keep yourself from eating them all in one day they freeze well for a special treat or a fun breakfast when you don’t have time to bake.
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Chocolate zucchini cupcakes can be made with or without eggs. They are soaked for better nutrient absorption. And they would be perfect for an allergen-friendly birthday treat. Nobody will even know there is zucchini in them!
The next time you are looking for a sweet treat that is also healthy try chocolate zucchini cupcakes. Everyone will love them.
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes {dairy free, nut free, corn free, coconut free, soy free, egg free}
Yields 20
A simple chocolate cupcake that uses fresh summer produce to add moisture and nutrition. Chocolate zucchini cupcakes are also free of most allergens.
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  1. 1/2 cup tapioca flour (or potato starch or arrowroot)
  2. 1/2 cup amaranth flour (or brown rice)
  3. 1/2 cup white rice flour (or sorghum)
  4. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  5. 6 Tbsp. butter, coconut oil, lard, tallow or olive oil
  6. 1/3 cup soaking liquid (kefir, buttermilk, milk + vinegar or water + lemon juice)
  7. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar (if using eggs) OR 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar (if egg free)
  8. 2 egg whites
  9. 2 egg yolks
  10. 2 Tbsp. honey (omit if using eggs)
  11. 3/4 cup organic cane sugar, sucanat or coconut sugar
  12. 1 tsp. baking soda
  13. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  14. 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  15. 1 cup shredded zucchini
  16. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit (optional)
  1. Mix the flours, cocoa powder, fat and soaking liquid. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tins or fill tin with paper liners.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (except nuts/chips/fruit) to the soaked flour.
  5. Beat until well combined and lumps are removed (about 2 minutes).
  6. Fold in egg whites.
  7. Stir in nuts/chips/fruit.
  8. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool. Top with frosting if desired.
  10. To make the muffins egg free follow the same soaking directions. Then add the cream of tartar, honey and remaining ingredients. Mix well until lumps are removed. Stir in nuts/chips/fruit. Bake as directed above. They may take a few extra minutes to bake.
  1. Any 1 1/2 cup combination of gluten free flour will work. All purpose, whole wheat or spelt flour will also work.
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  1. Carol G. says:

    This sounds delicious. Is soaking the flour done on the counter or in the refrigerator? Do you recommend soaking for all baked goods? Can you tell more about how it helps digestion?

    • Soaking is done right on the counter. No need to refrigerate. Soaking or sprouting is better for grains as it neutralizes the phytic acid (which can block absorption of nutrients and irritate the gut lining). It’s only necessary for whole grains.

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