These Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are seriously moist, rich and indulgent and perfectly chocolatey. You definitely won't notice the vegetables, and they taste surprisingly like chocolate banana bread!
2heaped teaspoonsbaking powder(ensure gluten-free if necessary)
¼teaspoonbicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
50g(⅓cup)dark chocolate chips *** (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
Use both hands to squeeze as much water as possible out of the grated zucchini – this will help it cook better
Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
Once melted, add the zucchini, maple syrup, vinegar, salt, milk and ground almonds to the same bowl
Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder
Mix well, adding a splash more milk if it's looking too dry
Add the chocolate chips and fold in gently
Transfer the mixture between muffin cases in a muffin tin
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
Tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days
*The acidity of the vinegar reacts with the alkali bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to make the muffins fluffy. If you can’t get hold of vinegar, replace it with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.**You can alternatively use almond flour.***Use refined sugar free chocolate chips for a refined sugar free version.