Dark chocolate zucchini muffins… or cupcakes. – fork knife swoon

Grey, fall days call for chocolate. 3 ingredient banana bread recipe Preferably dark chocolate.

The morning I baked these chocolate zucchini muffins, the kitchen was in a state of recipe-testing chaos.

Banana bread with cake mix and pudding These were the first out of the oven, rising perfectly, and filling the room with the sweet aroma of cocoa. Banana bread recipes healthy The dishwasher was already running. Banana bread recipe with cake mix The sink sat filled with a collection of mixing bowls and measuring cups, spatulas, and baking pans, piled and teetering at mad-hatter’s angles, and threatening to collapse at any moment. Banana bread recipe with yellow cake mix In fact, I was running out of mixing bowls. Egg free banana bread recipe The duplicates and triplicates that usually keep things smoothly on track were disappearing, and the reserves were in a sorry state.

A misty, cloudy grey sky peeked through the pines… and a batch of glazed apple cider doughnut muffins in the oven quietly erupted. Banana bread buttermilk As I extracted them, and stared at the sad lot before me, an imploded, mess of apple cinnamon goodness blurring the edges of the muffin tin, these zucchini muffins became cupcakes.

The muffin (or should I say cupcake) base was already rich and chocolate-y, belying the big scoops of fresh zucchini tucked inside. Banana bread recipe gluten free In all honesty, and the aforementioned and motivating recipe failure aside, it was a fine line to begin with, between muffin and cupcake. Bananabread recipes All it really took was some dark chocolate buttercream frosting – glam-ed up with silky mascarpone – to transform these sweet, veggie-filled muffins into decadent, dessert-ready cupcakes. Banana bread recipe food network I promise you, no one will believe these chocolate beauties are filled with humble zucchini.

If you’ve tried these dark chocolate banana muffins – and love them as much as we do – these chocolate zucchini muffins are right up your alley. Banana bread recipe allrecipes Particularly when turned into cupcakes, slathered with dark chocolate frosting, and devoured… grey day, or not.

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Banana bread crumble Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups or cooking spray.

• Grate the zucchini. Banana bread crumb cake Wrap the grated zucchini in paper towel or cheesecloth, and very gently squeeze to release extra liquid. Banana bread recipe without butter You want the zucchini to be moist (this will help keep the muffins/cupcakes moist) but not dripping wet.

• In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, espresso powder and salt, until well-combined. Banana bread recipe coconut oil Set aside.

• In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil and egg until very smooth and completely combined. Banana bread streusel Stir in the vanilla, followed by the zucchini. Banana bread recipe with coconut oil Gently fold in the flour mixture, and stir until just combined.

• Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan, and bake for 17-19 minutes, until the muffin tops look set, and a cake-tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Crumb topping for banana bread Remove from the oven and let cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes before transferring the muffins to a baking rack to cool completely.

• In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and mascarpone on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Banana bread with crumb topping With the mixer on the lowest speed, add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, about 1/4 cup at a time, until completely combined. Flours banana bread recipe Gradually increase the mixer speed to medium high. Banana bread recipe coconut flour Add the milk and vanilla and mix until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. Banana bread made with buttermilk The frosting should be creamy but hold its shape.

• Immediately frost the (completely cooled) chocolate zucchini cupcakes, using a knife to spread, or a pastry bag to pipe on the frosting in the style of your choice. Banana bread with streusel topping I used a #2d flower pastry bag tip for the frosting shown here.

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I made your zucci/chocolate muffins today. Banana bread recipe with coconut flour I followed the recipe exactly, except that I bake with gluten free flour (brown rice flour). Flour banana bread recipe Usually that creates a much lighter texture than a traditional flour. Banana bread pudding paula deen It wasn’t the case today. Martha stewart banana bread recipe I also wish I had added a bit of milk to lighten them up. Banana bread cooking light These are really good but too rich for a breakfast muffin. Ingredients for banana nut bread I was disappointed in them for that reason. Paleo banana bread recipe with coconut flour I wouldn’t make them again unless I added some fruit- the zuccini is just overpowered by the amount of chocolate. Banana bread two bananas A dessert muffin – absolutely. Organic banana bread recipe But even then, I’d serve them with fresh strawberries or whipped cream, etc.

Hahaha, I’ve had my fair share of recipe fails this weekend. Banana bread recipe with applesauce #foodbloggerproblems These muffins turned cupcakes look amazing! Stunning pics too. Almond flour banana bread recipe Love that frosting!

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