Zucchini is really easy to grow in almost any state. It grows so fast that you will have zucchini coming out of your ears! I created these muffins to turn a vegetable sweet instead of the typical savory. Try adding chocolate chips, chopped nuts or a peanut butter swirl to make these muffins your own.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 medium zucchini

3/4 cup honey

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 Tbs butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin or cupcake tins with paper liners or grease well.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda, whisking to combine. Set aside.

3. Rinse the zucchini and remove the two ends. Using a fork, poke about 5-8 holes in the zucchini. Place on a plate and microwave on high for one minute. Allow to cool before grating on a box grater.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together honey, egg, vanilla extract, melted butter and shredded zucchini. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl and stir gently with a rubber spatula until almost combined. Stir in milk.

5. Divide batter evenly among the muffin tins, about 3 tablespoons of batter in each cup. Bake for 18-23 minutes or until they spring back when pressed lightly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack or enjoying.

This recipe was submitted by Elisabeth, 19, of Linden, California, 2019 4-H Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Winner. Linden-Peters 4-H Club.

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