Dark Chocolate Crunch Zucchini Muffins
  • Brown Sugar Chocolate Crunch Topping
  • ⅔ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or semi sweet chunks, chips or bar
  • Muffins
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, squeeze out the liquid
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate or semi sweet chunks or chips
  1. Preheat oven to 425F for muffins or 350F for a LOAF. Line a 12 cup muffin pan or grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Make your crunch topping by combining the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour together in a bowl. Cut the butter in with a pastry cutter or you can use your hands until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Incorporate the chocolate last and mix with a spoon or use your fingers to toss. Set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together egg, both sugars, oil, applesauce, zucchini and vanilla until well combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate chunks or chips together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into the muffin tin or into your loaf pan. Divide the crunch topping evenly amongst each muffin OR sprinkle on top of the loaf batter. Press it lightly into the batter.
  5. IF you are making the muffins, bake them for 5 minutes at 425F then turn the oven temperature down to 350F. Bake an additional 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the muffin comes out clean. If you are making the loaf, bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes and once again do the toothpick test, Cool either the muffins or the bread on a wire rack completely.
Recipe by SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL EATING at https://simplybeautifuleating.com/2019/08/30/dark-chocolate-crunch-zucchini-muffins/