Okay, in about a week and half span I think I have made these muffins at least 8 times, seriously. My picky-eating-family devoured them! Plus I also gave them to neighbors, friends and anyone who just happened to stop by (maybe you should stop by more, eh?) This muffin was the perfect on-the-go breakfast grab or come-home-after-school-I-am-starving snack or need-something-sweet-bedtime snack. At anytime or for any occasion this was the perfect fall-comfort food!
This all started off with going to the Farmer’s Market and buying a gigantic zucchini for only a buck!
Next I shredded the entire zucchini and used about three-fourths of it in about 8 dozen muffins and I snuck the rest in one of my kids’ favorite dinners, Pizza Pockets!
Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes (Makes 18 cupcakes)
2 tbsp butter, softened
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup honey or sugar
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugar and bananas together. Add brown sugar and white sugar gradually and cream well. Beat in eggs until fluffy. Stir in milk and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add chocolate chips. Place batter in a greased cupcake pan. Sprinkle cupcakes with remaining mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20 to 22 minutes.
I think three mashed bananas is the trick to making these muffins over-the-top! I always buy big ole’ bag of old bananas as the store for 99 cents and then freeze them. When I am ready to bake the muffins, I just pop the bananas in the microwave and defrost for about 3 to 4 minutes. My stash of old bananas has finally gone down a bit, thanks to this recipe!
I like to add the chocolate chips on the top but then my three-year-old son started to only eat the top of the muffin. From then on I just mixed the chocolate chips into the batter and the little stinker finally ate the entire muffin. Kids are so funny!
Enjoy! Oh and by the way . . .I call them cupcakes to my kids. They are more willing to eat them if I call them cupcakes as opposed to muffins. Hmm . . .they must know that cupcakes are dessert, ha!