Orange-Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Today was another chilly day on the Bay, so my kids and I decided to go through one of our new cookbooks and dive into a cozy baking adventure. We came across a recipe we all agreed on and adapted our personal version from a recipe in the Easy Ayurveda Cookbook. It’s an excellent cookbook with over 125 recipes to create in 30 minutes or less crafted from a 5000 year old Hindu-based system of healing and holistic lifestyle.

Our plan was to make them for breakfast muffins, but you can have them whenever you want. They are specified for those with a pitta dosha, but it doesn’t really matter unless you are in the process of balancing your constitution. We say just give them a try — they are delish!

Coconut oil spray

2 cups oat or barley flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground fennel

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 egg (or substitute for vegans)

3/4 cup maple syrup

Zest and juice of 1 naval orange

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup apple sauce (we just put a few apples and water in our vitamix)

1 cup grated zucchini

1 cup of dark chocolate baking chunks (Whole Foods has a 365 bag that is 67% cacao)

2 oz hemp seeds

1 scoop of Amazing Grass Peanut Butter Protein Powder (optional, but so good)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray muffin pan with coconut oil spray
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground fennel, cardamom, hemp seeds and optional protein powder.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg, maple syrup, orange zest and orange juice, coconut oil, vanilla, apple sauce, zucchini,
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Spoon into muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes
  8. Don’t eat all at once! – Savor each bite.