One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Guys, I have a muffin problem. No, really. I can't seem to stop making them. Of course, I'm not sure I want to stop. 

One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Okay, it's a minor problem next to figuring out world peace and such, but I swear my muffin tin has been working some serious overtime as of late. But, how does one not love muffins? I believe it may be impossible. They are portion sized hunks of sweet bread that are not only travel sized, but also perfect for storing in the fridge or freezer until they are needed on the dash (or on the lazy, whichever comes first). 

One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I make them for lunch box "treats" (my daughter has a muffin problem,too), to have on hand for breakfast on those mornings where I ignored my alarm clock for a few too many snooze sessions, or just because they are awesome. Muffins are one of my great loves and I make no apologizes for that fact.

One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

You may have noticed that, as of late, many of my recipes are grain-free. Its something that my family and I have been trying on for size. Not because it's a trend or because I read some great new book, but because our bodies seem to positively respond to a low-grain or grain-free diet. It's just something my husband I decided to try and see how we felt. This has been how we have evolved to the eating style that we have now, by lots of trial-and-error. We feel less bloated, less tired, and my daughter and I (who have issues with blood sugar regulation) find that our blood sugar stays "even" for longer periods of time (thus, less snacking required to keep the hungry monster away). So far, eating grain-free/low-grain has been a positive thing for our family. Am I saying you should cut out grains too? Not unless you think you need to. No body (in my personal, totally not-medically-qualified-to-say-boo-on-this-topic) is created the same and has the same cookie cutter needs as the person standing next to them. When deciding what you should or should not eat, I feel like you have to listen to your body's natural cues. How do you feel when you a certain food? How do you feel when that food is not part of your diet? Your body knows what it wants and doesn't want, sometimes we just forget to listen to it. And, of course, if you are really concerned about making any drastic changes to your diet or you have a medical condition, have a nice chat with your doctor before listening to me.

One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
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One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Who would have guessed that chocolate was the one thing zucchini was missing. We all grew up nibbling on zucchini bread, but chocolate zucchini muffins are the best  thing to happen to breakfast since the toaster oven (mainly because they are chocolate and sneak a veggie onto the breakfast table). These one-bowl muffins are grain-free, oil-free, Paleo friendly and certain to be a family-pleasing new favorite. 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4-1/3 cup dairy-free soy-free chocolate chips (depending on how chocolatey you want your muffins)
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350º F and line a 12-hole muffin tin.Take shredded zucchini and put it in the middle of a clean dish towel or large piece of paper towel. Wrap up the zucchini with towel and squeeze a few times to help drain out some of the zucchini's moisture. Set aside.In a medium bowl, combine mashed banana, melted coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, salt, almond milk, almond flour, tapioca flour, cacao powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined and the mixture is an even consistency without lumps. Fold in shredded zucchini.Fold in chocolate chipsPortion out the batter between the lined muffin holes. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before enjoying.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 muffins
One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins