chocolate chunk zucchini muffins.

by Janetha on August 30, 2012

in product review,recipes

it’s zucchini season. i don’t have a garden, but i have friends with gardens. thanks to these friends, i have received green beans, squash, tomatoes, and big, huge zucchinis!

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i also have friends with yogurt. thanks to chobani, i recently received a shipment of their new 16-oz sized containers of yogurt.

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these new containers are so handy because they come with a plastic lid so you can either use a little or use a lot. i like using chobani for baked goods, but didn’t always want to use precisely 6 ounces of yogurt (which is the standard container size.) these re-sealable 16 oz tubs are perfect for all kitchen creations!

however, since marshall is a chobani monster and eats the goodness straight up, most of these big tubs of yogurt were gone within a week of receiving them. i wasn’t able to experiment in the kitchen with most of the flavors, but i did manage to salvage some of the vanilla chocolate chunk for a tasty recipe i created last night!

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the vanilla chocolate chunk was previously only available in the chobani champions line—which is geared toward children—but i buy and eat the champions flavors all the time! it’s not just for kids. when i saw the large container of vanilla chocolate chunk, i was super excited. i knew this flavor had to be incorporated into some type of baked good! i love cooking with chobani—it’s so simple to sub into any recipe!

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the possibilities are endless with this stuff. because i had these big zucchinis on hand (and because marshall hates zucchini so i knew i wasn’t about to sneak them into any of our dinners) i decided to use the chobani to make a batch of healthy, chocolaty zucchini muffins.

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[pinit] prep time: 5 minutes bake time: 20-25 minutes yield: 16 muffins or 32 mini muffins

this recipe will make 16 regular-sized muffins or 32 miniature muffins. or you can do what i did and make some of each size!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (simply grind old fashioned rolled oats in the vitamix/food processor)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (i use bob’s red mill)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal (i use trader joe’s, but it’s easy to make your own in the vitamix/food processor)
  • 3/4 cup xylitol (or equivalent using sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (you can use regular, but i am obsessed with the hershey’s special dark!)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chobani vanilla chocolate chunk greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 T vanilla extract

*clearly i had a lot to say about the ingredients.. don’t mind all those (notes in parentheses.) directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. combine flours, sweetener, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl and mix well.
  3. in another bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. spoon batter into muffin tins—either use silicone tins or metal tins sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, test with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean before removing muffins from the oven.
  6. let cool completely before removing from tins.
  7. enjoy!

*note: this recipe would also be great using a loaf pan to make bread, but you would have to increase the baking time (my guess is to about 40-45 minutes depending on the size of the loaves.) IMG_4928

the regular-sized ones (pictured above) are delicious.. but i am such a sucker for all things mini, they are so fun to eat!

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nutrition info per miniature muffin (double for regular-sized):

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oh, and remember how i told you marshall hates zucchini? he absolutely loved these muffins. that should tell you how tasty they really are.

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i gave a few away to both momma b and kerryne–they loved ’em and couldn’t believe they were healthy. they legit taste like chocolate cake. go make these.. you won’t be sorry. in fact, you may want to make a double batch… i could even loan you some zucchini. i have some to spare.

chobani wants to share the big tub love and has offered to give one of you a shipment of their new 16 oz containers in the various flavors. i will choose a random comment from this post on tuesday, september 4th!

xo. janetha g.

*i received the chobani used in this recipe free of charge and no compensation was provided. however, i spend hundreds of my own dollars on chobani regularly. it’s just that good.

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Jennifer August 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I need to try that Vanilla Chocolate Chunk!

Lisa Broadley September 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

I so want to try this!!
BTW I love how your responses are in orange….that stand out so we know you’re actually reading these comments!

Danielle @ A Sense of Balance September 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

We spend an obscene amount of money on Chobani every week. And I’m talking $20-$30, it’s ridiculous. I’ve had that vanilla chocolate chunk once and it was delicious. I’ve got a pancake recipe brewing in my brain using it, that I can’t wait to try!

Angie @ Pint of Goals September 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

The last three times I have been to the grocery store they have been out of the vanilla chocolate chunk. I want to try it after hearing everyone rave about it!

Calee September 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

YUM. I’ve made a few things with chocolate chunk (mostly waffles for Mark). It’s been a staple ever since I discovered it because it prevents me from going out and spending mucho doloras on Orange Leaf. :)

Alex @ therunwithin September 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love freezing chobani, it is my favorite way to eat it. Having a tub of this in my freezer would make my day

Yin September 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Wow, they look delicious. I was thinking about what to do with my zucchini too, thanks :)

Michelle September 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I am so making these this weekend! I’m off to the grocery store to find me some Chobani vanilla chocolate chunk. Mmmmmm.

Christina September 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I am so going to make these this weekend, they look delicious! Plus I had no clue Chobani could be substituted for so many things in recipes :)

Mary September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

I recently saw those new sizes at Wal Mart, and was sad that I don’t grocery shop there. Hopefully they will come to my HEB soon!

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish September 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

I want one of these RIGHT NOW! Zucchini is now on my shopping list because these are definitely happening this week. <3

Sharon September 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

these are in the oven now!! smells delish! can’t wait to try them

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

What a great way to sneak some of your veggies in for the day — in a chocolate treat! :D

kayla September 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I have been searching high and low for hershey’s special dark. It’s the only thing I want in my life right now. And those muffins.

Janetha September 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I used to buy it on Amazon before it came to my store!

Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I have been dying to try the vanilla chocolate chunk flavor! Your muffins look delicious too…will have to make them this week.

Emily September 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thanks girl! I love Chobani!

Meg September 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I make a pumpkin bread that is fabulous but unfortunately has a lot of oil – I am thinking it’s time to try swapping some Chobani out, and thanks to that handy chart, I know how much. I would love to win!

Allison September 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Ah! I love Chobani but it’s still pretty limited in Canada… and we only have 4 flavours! I’d love to try the vanilla chocolate chunk! Fingers crossed they expand here soon :)

chrissie September 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

those muffins look so good, I need to try making them! I’ve been wanting to try the chocolate chunk chobani forever, but I haven’t seen it at my grocery store yet :(

Sarah F. September 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Wow, those look so good! I have never tried the Vanilla Chocolate Chunk! I am not sure if I would be able to make the muffins before I ate all of it straight up :)

Shelby September 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

the resealable containers are huge – makes adding a dollop to something less of a commitment; glad they’ve finally added this size

Amy September 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

I’m always using 2oz of greek yogurt for recipies, and then covering the rest with saran wrap-I would love these big containers! also, I’ve started grating zucchini into recipies for moisture-last night I put it in my black bean burgers-you totally can’t taste it!

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