Who Put Zucchini in My Chocolate?

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


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Nutritious Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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Cooking Minute is a photo documentary project about New Yorkers, in their kitchen making their favorite recipe. The photographs (Aaron, the super cool creator of this project, took over 4000 shots of my process) are then set to original music in a fast forward “film” format. It’s food, meets lifestyle, meets tiny kitchens, meets cool.

There’s a video for this recipe which can be seen on its Recipe Page.

The recipe I made is a twist on an old family favorite, a ubiquitous recipe of my childhood. A summertime classic. An Aunt Mamie classic.

Aunt Mamie

My Aunt Mamie. My heart. My guru of nourishment.

When the summer vegetable garden overflowed with zucchini the feast would begin. Zucchini fritters, zucchini saute, stuffed zucchini, and zucchini soup, but when we had officially had our fill of the standard zucchini fare, my Great Aunt Mamie would bring out the big guns. Chocolate zucchini bread. My sisters, brother and I would gobble this up. To this day, I can transport myself to Aunt Mamie’s kitchen table, a plate of chocolate zucchini bread, and complete envelopment of love and nourishment.

I did my same ‘ol trick of twisting the classic recipe up into a beautiful, nutrient dense bundle, while maintaining the integrity of the original flavors. I wonder what Aunt Mamie would think of my version? When something didn’t meat her culinary approval she would let you know. “That was lousy” was her favorite subtle phrase. My family says I inherited Aunt Mamie’s candor. I hope so because that would mean I would never share a recipe that I thought was “lousy.”

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Happy Baking —


Chocolate Zucchini Muffins



  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk


  • 2 cups of almond flour
    well packed
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries


  • cupcake pan & liner
  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 spatula
  • measuring cups & spoon
  • 1 wooden spoon


  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, coconut palm sugar, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine.
  2. In a small bowl whisk to combine eggs and coconut oil Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  3. Add zucchini, chocolate chips, walnuts, and cranberries. Stir well to combine.
  4. Slowly add almond milk to loosen dough a bit. You may not need the entire 1/4 cup.
  5. Fill muffin tins, lined with paper and rubbed with a bit of coconut oil, 3/4 full with muffin batter.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
This recipe also contains a video which can be viewed on its recipe page.

Abra Pappa
About Abra Pappa, Health and Wellness Expert

Abra is a wellness expert that has inspired thousands of people to reach their health and weight loss goals through whole, natural food and mindful lifestyle shifts. Her food philosophy is simple; keep it real, keep it simple, and it sure as heck better be delicious!