Zucchini Plus Banana Plus Chocolate

Equals one amazing muffin!  Actually, a whole batch of them. I recently needed to use up some zucchini and a very ripe banana.  With a little help from the hooligans, we ended up with very yummy Double Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffins. Give them a try…they’re perfect with icy cold milk!

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffins

2 large eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 very ripe banana, mashed

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional

1/3 cup baking cocoa

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F; lightly grease muffin tins (to make 18 muffins), or use with cupcake liners.

2) In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, oil, banana, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

3) Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, espresso powder, cocoa, and flour, mixing until well combined.

4) Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.

5) Spoon into muffin tins, filling 2/3 of the way.

6) Bake muffins for 16-18 minutes, until they test done (a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean, save for perhaps a light smear of chocolate from the melted chips).

7) Remove from the oven, and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before turning them out of the pan onto a rack.

Yield: 18 muffins

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