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.
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).
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.
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.
Makes 12 muffins
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
2. Combine almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa/cacao powder, baking soda, and sea salt in a food processor, pulsing a few times to mix.
3. Add the applesauce, eggs, maple syrup/honey, and vanilla extract to the food processor. Run until the batter is smooth and all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. You may need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times during this step.
4. Add the gated zucchini to the food processor, pulsing just a few times to evenly mix the zucchini into the batter.
5. Evenly portion the batter out between the 12 lined muffin tin holes. Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
6. Cool completely before enjoying (about an hour).
7. Store leftovers in an airtight container in fridge for about a week or in freezer for a month.
Adapted from Elena's Pantry
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