if there’s one baked good that i have a serious soft spot for it’s a really nice zucchini bread.
preferably the kind with chocolate and/or chocolate chips in it.
and wouldn’t you know it… it’s zucchini season.
sadly, my 3 zucchini plants are not yielding bounty like i had hoped.
they appear to have some sort of pest… maybe a fungus? i don’t know.
but all my zucchinis get about an inch long and then shrivel up and die.
so it’s a good thing that zucchinis are local and cheap right now – $.69 a pound – bargain!
so… i kinda bought 2 pounds of them. and then another pound of yellow zucchinis.
but i have plans.
i found this recipe that sounded seriously yummy.
and i thought it was worth testing out.
after all, it did come to my inbox courtesy of nom nom paleo, which never steers me wrong…
Recipe: Perfect Paleo Zucchini Muffins
- 2.5 cups almond butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 c. shredded zucchini, strained or squeezed
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon (GOOD quality makes a huge difference)
- Add all items to a mixing bowl in order and stir.
- Pour into paper-lined muffin tins (trust me, this is a step you don’t want to skip).
- Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until slightly brown on edges and passes the toothpick test.
- Makes 12 muffins.
these muffins are fucking incredible.
this is probably the best baked zucchini item i’ve ever had.
period. paleo or not.
i did make a few slight tweaks to the above recipe…
i added about a tablespoon of raw agave syrup for a bit more sweetness and i also added a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips.
and i didn’t have 2.5 cups of almond butter, i only had 2 cups. but it still worked magically.
i also used trader joe’s almond butter with sea salt in it because it was all i had.
the only real difference was that i had to cook them for 21 minutes before they were done.
but i just absolutely annihilated one. …and i’m thinking about going back for a repeat performance.
they’re light and cakey and sweet and chocolaty and so frigging good!
i’ll admit that there’s been a bit of my paleo baking adventures have netted me some puck-like results… but this was not one of them. in fact, i would bet money that not very many people would peg this as a flour-free product.
i’ve never cooked with almond butter before… although i’ve cooked with almond flour lots… i just didn’t realize this was a “thing” that one could do.
so, awesome learning experience.