Monday, August 30, 2010
The Kids Cook Monday - Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Ben is helping with The Kids Cook Monday project this week, and we're still on a zucchini kick! We made chocolate zucchini muffins from this recipe at AllRecipes with a few changes. I wasn't thrilled with a cup of oil, so we did half a cup oil and half a cup applesauce. I also didn't have the mixture of spices required, so I threw in a teaspoon or so of pumpkin pie spice and called it a day.
Ben got to work on slicing the zucchini so we could grate it in the mini food processor. I have a few old steak knives that are pretty dull but the serrated edges cut veggies well. They worked really well for 5 year old fingers!
Both kids like the mini food-processor, it does lock so you can't run it unless everything is assembled properly and locked in place (again, good for 5 year old fingers).
Ben finally figured out to crack eggs! And then he immediately had to wipe his hands because eggs are slimy.
Stirring the big bowl of batter ...
And our final product, 18 chocolate zucchini muffins! Well, 12 of them, the others are on a different cooling rack.
Our version of Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (made 18 muffins):
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar & oil. Add the cocoa, vanilla and zucchini and mix well.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
Spoon into muffin cups, maybe 2/3 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.