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.
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.
- 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)