Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffins

Growing up my Mom always kept a bunch of bananas on the counter. When someone (me) would whine that we(me) were hungry, she would direct us to the bananas. “Have a banana.” Naturally, I did not want a banana. She would then reply that we were not really hungry. And she was right, usually I was just bored.

Its funny what follows us into adulthood, because now I too always have a bunch of bananas on the counter. They are gratefully grabbed when hurrying out the door, cut into bowls of cheerios and smothered in peanut butter for snacks.  So I was quite surprised when I saw this weeks bunch rapidly turning brown. Knowing I would be the only person to eat banana bread, I pondered what else could be made.

 

Peering into our fridge, I saw some forgotten zucchini and an abundance of greek yogurt. Knowing if I made zucchini-banana bread I would still be the only one who ate it. my thoughts turned to breakfast.  Cloaked in chocolate and disguised as muffins, there was a chance my husband would eat them. Plus, a muffin with my coffee in the morning sounded delicious.

These muffins, dense, rich ,and chocolatey hit just the spot. Perfectly moist, I enjoyed one solo fresh from the oven, no beverage required to wash it down. The next morning, it was an excellent compliment to my morning coffee.

I was disappointed that they did not form the desired “muffin top” but I’ll chock that up to the greek yogurt. Or because I am not 100% sure what I’m doing. Either way, I loved these,  and my husband did not even consider that zucchini could be hiding inside.

If you have some bananas wilting away, or feel the desire to hide vegetables in baked goods, these are for you!

Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 12-14 medium sized muffins
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Rich chocolate muffins with zucchini and bananas, excellent for breakfast or a snack.

 

Inspired by  Fork Knife Swoon

Ingredients

-1/3 cup All Purpose Flour

-2/3 cup granulated sugar

-1/2 cup cocoa powder

-3/4 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3/4 cup greek yogurt (I used 0% fat vanilla)

-1 large zucchini, peeled and grated

-1 very ripe banana

-1 egg

-1/3 cup butter, melted

-1/2 cup whole milk

-1 cup chocolate chips (I bet walnuts or dried cranberries would be tasty, or cinnamon chips, or peanut butter chips! Or whatever you have hiding in your pantry).

Directions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 375° F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners, or grease using softened butter/Baker’s Joy/whatever you like to grease pans with. I used cupcake liners, and then butter when I ran out of cupcake liners.
  • In one bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until all ingredients are completely combined. You could sift them together, but I did not.
  • In a large separate bowl mash the banana. To the same bowl, add the shredded zucchini, greek yogurt, egg, and melted butter. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two or three large increments, mixing just until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, being sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. The batter will be thick.
  • Once mixed, scoop batter into muffin tins, filling until they are just about to overflow. Bake muffins for 20 minutes, if you press your finger to the top of a muffin it should feel firm, not gooey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome.

Welcome to From Prosecco to Peaches!

Welcome to From Prosecco to Peaches!

Here it is. My first blog post. The adrenaline! The social anxiety! For  four years or so I have been building up the courage to start a food blog and here I am, in front of the screen, feverishly typing and deleting. To best sum up what I hope happens here on this blog, I want to share a story with you.

Picture it, Italy, some years ago. My husband and I have been in Italy a few months, and he is at work. I have not started working yet, and have made few acquaintances.  At this point all of the Italian I have learned is ” Ciao” and various names of food. The important things.

Our saint of a neighbor Giulia knocks on our front door and invites me to join her family for a bbq in their old neighborhood to watch the FIFA playoffs later that afternoon. I’m delighted. YES! Of course. Look at me, going to an Italian BBQ to watch FIFA. So adult.

As Giulia returns to her house ” we will leave in two hours!” I shut the door and immediately panic. What do I wear? More importantly what food do I bring?! You never go to a bbq empty handed and I have no idea what would be considered traditional Italian BBQ food, but something tells me potato salad is not it. Wracking my brain, I settle on The Pioneer Woman’s Texas Sheet Cake. Its quick, tasty and easy. Not to mention something I have all of the ingredients for in the pantry. Whipping up the cake and throwing on a maxi from H&M, I run out the door and hop in Giulia’s Fiat 500.

We arrive at an old villa in the countryside that had been converted into apartments. Giulia gives me a brief history including that the fields surrounding were used as landing strips during WWII. The sky is clear, the grass glows green in the golden afternoon sunlight, a large tv has been moved into the yard so everyone can enjoy the weather and the match as well. After introductions and being offered a spritz, the afternoon passes in friendly conversation (Giulia gamefully doing a lot of translating). Kids race about, men shout at the players on the screen and everyone is relaxed and happy.

The food is served (hamburgers and watermelon, totally shocking me, the hosts teasingly asking the American what she thinks of their hamburger). Afterwards, Giulia presents the cake, laughs. Everyone dives in and seems to be enjoying it when someone asks me why it is called Shit Cake. “This is delicious, but why is it called shit?” What? Shit cake? I’m mortified. Quickly I backtrack and ask why they think it is shit cake. Does it taste bad? Does it smell? What did I do? Giulia looks at me. “You called it Shit cake? Isn’t that what it is called? I assumed it is joke? ” That is when I realized in English the sound made by the double E’s in Sheet sound like the traditional I sound in Italian, so when I said “Sheet Cake” to Giulia, she heard “Shit Cake”. Giulia quickly explains, and everyone laughs and moves on.

This sums up my life. Good food, fond laughs, and me embarrassing myself in some fashion.  Here, I hope to share the food, the laughs, and few blunders. Thank you so much for taking the time to check this out, watch this space, recipes coming soon!

In the mean time, here is the recipe for the cake I made. The Pioneer Woman calls it the “Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever”, and I am inclined to agree.

The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake