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!
i also have friends with yogurt. thanks to chobani, i recently received a shipment of their new 16-oz sized containers of yogurt.
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!
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!
(image from chobani.com)
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.
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!
- 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:
- preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
- combine flours, sweetener, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl and mix well.
- in another bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
- spoon batter into muffin tins—either use silicone tins or metal tins sprayed with cooking spray.
- bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, test with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean before removing muffins from the oven.
- let cool completely before removing from tins.
*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.)
the regular-sized ones (pictured above) are delicious.. but i am such a sucker for all things mini, they are so fun to eat!
nutrition info per miniature muffin (double for regular-sized):
oh, and remember how i told you marshall hates zucchini? he absolutely loved these muffins. that should tell you how tasty they really are.
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.