Monday, July 15, 2013

Nutella Zucchini Muffins

I'd like to finally welcome Matt Damon to the stage. (Seriously, click on the link for an explanation in my Molasses Date Oatmeal muffin post.  Otherwise I'll just sound weird, OK?)

I realize this is the third zucchini recipe I've posted in a row.  I'm not apologizing, because my goal is to share something new for you to do with the glut of zucchini with which you may be blessed.  However, we're taking a break from zucchini after today's Monday Muffin recipe.  Wednesday I've got a fast fresh tomato sauce, and Friday I'll have a use for any regrown celery leaves you may have--Buffalo Chicken, Spring Onions, and Celery on a Buttermilk Pesto Pizza crust.

In the dog days of summer, when the squash just keep coming in the garden and the farm share, I shred a lot of zucchini.  Some of it gets mixed in with other veggies to help stretch meat for tacos or burgers.  The rest of it gets frozen all by itself, in 1 cup portions, for more zucchini-centric recipes.  Here's one way I'm feeding my family from the farm share all year 'round.

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/07/nutella-zucchini-muffins.html


These muffins have a texture almost like a light chocolate cake.  They are delicious as an after-school snack, warm with a bit of butter or buttery spread.  You could easily go all whole wheat for the flour if you choose.

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/07/nutella-zucchini-muffins.html
Yes, the bag says Squashzilla.













NOTE: This recipe is not gluten free as written, because I used all purpose and whole wheat flours. To adapt this recipe for a gluten free diet please substitute the gluten free flour blend of your choice, or make your own--here are some options:
http://glutenfreedoctor.com/gluten-free-flour-mix-white/
http://glutenfreedoctor.com/gluten-free-flour-mix-whole-grain/
Check labels to confirm that your other ingredients are also gluten free. Good sources for determining gluten free products can be found here:
http://knowgluten.me/2012/03/31/other-names-for-gluten/
http://glutenfreedoctor.com/gluten-free/
http://www.celiac.com/categories/Safe-Gluten%252dFree-Food-List-%7B47%7D-Unsafe-Foods-%26amp%3B-Ingredients/


Nutella-Zucchini Muffins

1 large egg
3/4 cup (180 ml) buttermilk
1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
1/4 cup Nutella
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded zucchini, drained
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a standard muffin pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, oil, Nutella and sugar.  Add zucchini.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  Add dry ingredients on top, stir until just moistened.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full (I use a scoop** or disher for this).  Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cool in pan a few minutes, then turn onto a rack.  Serve warm with butter.

**My scoop holds 3 Tablespoons (1 ½ ounces) by volume, though the muffin batter is mounded in the scoop so I'm pretty sure I'm putting a good 3 ½ to 4 Tablespoons into each muffin well.  The muffin wells in my regular muffin pans each hold 3 ounces by volume.
http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/07/nutella-zucchini-muffins.html

25 comments:

  1. You really can't go wrong with Nutella. As soon as the temperature drops below 90, I am making these.

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    1. Sam,
      I haven't baked muffins in weeks because the thought of the oven, for anything other than a Friday Night Pizza, is too much heat for me. I even hesitated posting these during zucchini season vs during muffin season, but the seasonal aspect won out. I figured I'd remind folks to shred and freeze their zucchini now, then in winter the muffin thought would pop into your head and you could bake them then.
      Thanks!

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  2. I have a recipe for chocolate chocolate chip zucchini muffins in my new ebook. When I tested the recipe on my grandkids, they couldn't stop eating the muffins, even after they knew there was zucchini in them. Next time I'll try these Nutella muffins.

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    1. Lydia,
      I love the idea of a zucchini ebook and wish you much success with it (here's the link, in case anyone else is interested: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DVJ87BG) everything I've seen so far looks scrumptious.

      Thanks!

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  3. Yum! I do like Nutella! And I am always looking for zucchini recipes. I need to use up the last of last year's freezer stash and these muffins will do for at least one bag. Thanks!
    Sarah

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    1. Sarah,
      I guess Squashzilla wasn't as gigantic as I remembered, because that plant did not provide me with so much zucchini that I still have some. I ran out late winter, if I recall. Perhaps after the run of zucchini recipes that are all cropping up this month on the blog ;) !
      Thanks

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  4. OMG!!! This sounds amazing!! I have to make these soon, while zucchini is in season. Thanks for posting! My husband will go nuts for these - I could probably put Nutella on his gym shoes and he'd eat them.

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    1. Julie,
      I could do the same with peanut butter on my spouse's running shoes, but that would just get icky. They are delicious, though, and surprisingly cake-y, at least to me.

      Thanks!

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  5. I always have an abundance of zucchini, so I can't wait to try these Nutella Zucchini Muffins! My coworker gave me a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread, but these sound much better ;)

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    1. Carla,
      Somehow, I don't think you'll run out of zucchini before running out of recipes to try with it!
      Please let me know how it turns out.
      Thanks!

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  6. Since I cooked my solo zucchini, these will have to wait. Although, I suspect summer squash could be a comparable ingredient, especially since I kind of want these in my face right now. Unfortunately, I did a lengthy (to the tune of 150 minutes) workout this morning for my Tough Mudder training, and I don't think I'll be moving off the couch tonight. I also went to the orthodontist this afternoon and got my grill tightened. Yep, I know how to rage.

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    1. Meghan,
      Ouch! You need pudding, or maybe just a chocolate milkshake, to recover from both.
      It's only July, there's plenty of time for zucchini yet.
      I hope you're feeling better.

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    2. I got another zucchini, but I want to make a quiche with it, and it'll be my pop of color. All dishes need a pop of color, even if it comes in the form of Polish pottery. That being said, I'm excited to freeze some zucchini and just need to be patient and way for them to come in my CSA because they will be coming. I can do this (be patient that is).

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  7. Did you say nutella? I'm in! Now I'll just have to wait til the zucchini hits. I hope it will, I hope it will! Actually saw a squash vine borer in person yesterday, now I'm on the lookout for the eggs and destroy before they hatch.

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    1. I've got butternut squash and possible pumpkin volunteering in my garden, and just saw signs of borer in one of the plants. I didn't know I could do anything about it--so I'm off to google and stake out the garden.
      Thanks!

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  8. I'm with thenovicegardner... you had me at Nutella! These sound fabulous and I may have to try on the upcoming family vacation. Thanks for posting : )

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    1. Kristin,
      These are definitely fast and easy enough for a family vacation--especially to a cool or air conditioned place! If I lived in the basement, I'd be baking daily. Alas, I sleep upstairs and heat rises. Ah well, to shred and put up the squash requires no heat, and I know these are good in winter, too.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I have had zucchini muffins before but never with Nutella! Oh I bet these are good!

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    1. Nancy,
      I like how zucchini lends itself to a wide variety of flavors, a bit like banana come to think of it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Ok... love love love this recipe. I am a huge fan of zucchini in baked products and who doesn't love nutella. This recipe rocks! Definitely pinning it to make later. Thanks

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats.com

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    1. Krista,
      Thanks so much for pinning--it's much appreciated. I've just joined Pinterest and I'm slowly figuring it all out. Please let me know how it works for you when you try it--hopefully when it's cooler out wherever you are!

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  11. I am off to win some wife points with these muffins!
    And also wonderful that I found out I can freeze shredded zucchini to eat later!
    What a wonderful google-find this blog is. I'm addicted.

    Thanks!
    Cheryl

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    1. Cheryl,
      Thank you for your kind words! Much appreciated.

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  12. Nutella and zucchini...who knew it would be such a match made in heaven :)

    thanks for sharing and linking up! Now...if I could only find my jar of nutella...

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    1. Heather,
      I try and keep a spare jar of Nutella in the cupboard above the fridge--did you look there?

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