Mini zucchini double-chocolate muffins
Greetings, readers. It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been back to work since the beginning of January and I’m still settling into the working-mom-of-two routine. Most days I’m up around 5, before running out the door to get to work around 6:30.

Then the minute I return home, it’s full steam ahead, getting dinner ready, on to bath time, bedtime. And so on. Thank God for espresso. I knew what to expect because I’d returned to work from mat leave once before but there are still days I’m at a complete loss what to make for dinner to satisfy everyone.

My 15 month old is not really a picky eater, but my 4.5 year old is. Still. So I’m constantly trying to figure out how to sneak some nutrition into his diet.
I used to make a zucchini-carrot muffin my picky eater son would actually take a few bites out of, but I know it would be out of the question these days, so I got to searching for a zucchini-chocolate recipe that would be an improvement over the grocery store cupcakes I buy for him sometimes as a treat.

I found this recipe and I decided to give it a go. I was more than pleased – in fact, I was gobsmacked at just how delicious they were. The ingredients that make this double chocolate – cocoa powder with the addition of chocolate chips is what makes this work. You might expect these to be either over-moist or cloyingly sweet but they are neither. Perfectly moist and airy with just the right touch of sweetness in the form of the chocolate chips, this recipe is a winner.

Substitutions: Unlike the recipe I used a mini-muffin pan so I kept a close eye on the oven and they were ready in about 20 minutes. I also didn’t have mini chips so I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Would I make these again? While I made these to put in my son’s lunchbox for school, he wasn’t as bowled over as I was. It took a smearing of Nutella and some sprinkles to convince him. And I can’t give him Nutella to take to school due to the nut-free policy so there goes that idea.
Still, I found these really nipped my chocolate craving in the bud, and they are a thousand times more delicious than my Easy Peasy Devil’s Chocolate Pumpkin Puree muffins I have blogged about in the past.

Grade: Five stars out of five. Not only do they incorporate a vegetable for goodness’ sake, they freeze really well and bake beautifully even in mini form so I can inhale one without feeling (that much) guilt.