Thursday, May 12, 2016

Baking with Evie (Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins)

Hello all! I've decided that realistically I'm not going to be posting twice a month. It was a nice idea, but I would rather spend my free time reading ;) **Speaking of! I just finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel for the first time and I LOVED it! I highly recommend it, especially if you're into romance stories (which I'm really not, hah).**

A few weeks ago Evie was having a really hard time with a stuffy nose. Her sleep was suffering. My sanity was suffering. It was a long week. While Graham was at work one day and her nap only lasted 45 minutes (again), I decided upon two things. First: I needed chocolate. Second: I needed something to occupy us for an extended period of time. The solution? BAKE. It was a mess, Evie loved it, and I got my chocolate fix. It was wonderful. I started out with the knowledge that it would be messy and that I needed to embrace it. So we did.



Evie loved being able to "help" me bake. I would measure off the ingredients and let her pour them into the bowl. Salt did end up all over the floor because she had been doing so well that I thought, "Oh, she can do this amount just fine all by herself!" WRONG. But, also not a big deal. We re-measured and then I helped her with the pouring as I had done with the other ingredients.



She did really well keeping her hands out of the batter until I was scooping it into the muffin tins. She wanted in on the action too. After getting the muffins in the over, I let her go wild with the bowl. (Yes, raw eggs, don't hate me. I eat batter all the time, so I don't see why I should deprive my child. Because it's delicious.) Perhaps a little too wild, hah.



I managed to stay pretty mess-free on my person until Evie fell out of the chair she was standing on. I couldn't very well not comfort her simply because she was a sticky, chocolate-y mess. After the muffins came out of the oven Evie went straight in the bath. (Which also took up time and was extra fun, since she normally just does a bath right before bed as part of her bedtime routine.)



Moral of the story is that we were able to turn our crazy day week around by having fun and not focusing on the mess. You'll also notice in the background of the video that I employed Pandora's help in creating a calmer atmosphere.

All cleaned up and ready to try out our snack!
After her bath we obviously had to try out our muffins. I loved them so much that I made more the following week (I had zucchini on hand from a produce co-op I've recently started using called Bountiful Baskets. We love it so far!)


Evie approved, Marissa approved, Graham approved. (He got a bite of one of them...I sort of devoured the rest of them.) Try out this recipe this summer when people offer you zucchini! (Because they will, especially by the end of the season when they have zucchini coming out their ears.) I did a search and read through several recipes, finally coming up with this one. 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini 
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

*Notes: Place zucchini between some paper towels to absorb some (but not all) of the moisture. You can do 1/2 cup oil instead of using some Greek yogurt, and you can do 1 cup all-purpose flour instead of using some whole wheat. 

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350. Shred zucchini and place on paper towels, set aside. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips and set aside. Combine remaining (wet) ingredients, then add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Add in zucchini at the end. 

Spoon into greased muffin tin (this recipe makes 12) and bake for 13-15 minutes. (Don't be alarmed if it takes longer than that, all ovens are different. In fact, I think it took about 15 minutes in our oven but closer to 18 minutes at my in-laws.) 

*Also, when I made these with Evie, I added all of the ingredients (with the exception of the chocolate chips) into the bowl at the same time. Mixed, then added in chocolate chips. Turned out just fine. 


I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as I did! 
xoxo, Marissa