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Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Every single person on this earth loves to eat chocolate. I find the taste and flavor of chocolate mesmerizing. Most of you only enjoy chocolate just in the form of candy bars or milk powder but, I love to experiment. I like to have chocolate in different forms. My newest experiment with the chocolate has resulted into tasty and delicious chocolate zucchini muffins. I have to say they taste simply amazing and I can enjoy it richly loaded chocolaty flavor at any time of the day.

These chocolate zucchini muffins are very easy to be made. In almost 50 minutes you get your chocolate muffins ready. Well, now I spoke so much about it being chocolaty, so it’s time now to reveal the secret behind its flavor. The cocoa powder and chocolate chips are the secret to its amazing flavor. I am sure by now you must be dying to try it out yourself. So just follow the instruction and steps of cooking written below and make your morning and evenings all chocolaty. Enjoy peeps and let me know how it was. So let begin-

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LIST OF INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup mini milk chocolate chips
• 2 cups sugar (powdered)
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 2 cups zucchini (finely grated)
• 5 small eggs
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

HOW TO COOK CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

• Preheat an oven for at least 2 -3 minutes at a temperature of 350 – 400 F.

• Take out the muffin pan and simply cover its wells with non-stick cook spray or you can just simply line them with paper.

• Now take out a large size bowl to make a mixture of all the wet ingredients.

• Add oil, eggs, vanilla extract and sugar in the large bowl. Whisk them all together.

• Mix and stir all the ingredients together until they all combine properly.

• Now keep this bowl aside and take out another large sized bowl. But this time, we use it to mix in all the dry ingredients.

• Take the bowl and pour in it flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

• Mix all the ingredients well with each other. Make sure the mixture is evenly mixed.

• Now it’s time to mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.

• Make a well in the centre of the mixture of dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients mixture into it and start to mix them.

• Continue to stir and mix the ingredients well. Make sure all the components have properly combined.

• Now add in some zucchini to the mixture. Mix it with hands to make sure it’s evenly distributed in the batter.

• Simultaneously add some sweet chocolate chips to it. Make sure to mix it well too.

• Now spoon in all the batter in the muffin pan wells. Fill all the well evenly.

• If you desire then add mini milk chocolate chips over each muffin for better taste.

• Bake the muffins in the oven for at least 20 minutes at a temperature of 400 F.

• Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool for at least 10 more minutes.

Now your sweet and tasty chocolate zucchini muffins are ready to serve and eaten.

Baking, Essentials, Tools

The Absolute Baking Essentials for Beginners

Baking is as easy as fancy it sounds. At first, everyone is nervous about it but as you keep baking, your skills improve and you start enjoying it. You just need to be patient and strong enough to see your efforts fail a couple of times.

Some people get it correct in the first time but most do not. So do not fret as you are not alone. Follow the simple steps in this article to be well prepared for any kind of baking.

Baking Essentials

The Rule of Thumb  –”STICK TO THE RECIPE”

Whatever you are baking just follow the recipe in the exact fashion as is told. You need to add the right ingredients, in the right proportion, at the right time and in the right way.

The correct appliances and tools are highly essential for baking a perfect dish. You need to identify your needs and choose from the vast variety of tools and equipment available in the market. The following are a few basics you would require-

Oven

There are a number of ovens available in the market belonging to various brands. You need to choose a one that best suits your requirement. My oven does baking, roasting and grilling and is the kind that is suitable for my family.

Non-stick cookware

One doesn’t put so much effort into the preparation of a dish just to see it stuck onto the baking tray. You need to have a range of non-stick cookware that allows the cake or pie to slide out with ease. My favourites are silicone moulds or springform tins.

You won’t need to use a parchment paper for these but to be on the safer side, just spread a couple of drops of vegetable oil in the pan and sprinkle some flour over it.

Measuring cups and spoons

As I said, you need to exactly follow the recipe and for that you need to have the correct measurements of your ingredients. Buy a set of measuring cups (for both liquid and dry ingredients) and measuring spoons. These are easily available in the market

Digital scale

For recipes that involve the measurement of ingredients in grams or ounces or any other units, you need to have a digital scale. Get a medium range scale which measures in grams.

Spatula and wooden spoon

A spatula is a wonderful tool! It scrapes off the tiniest bits of the mixture and doesn’t let anything go waste. A wooden spoon must already be present in your kitchen so you need not buy a new one.

Cooling Rack

You need to transfer cakes and cookies onto a cooling rack once you pop them out of the oven. This is an essential step which must not be avoided otherwise the cakes and cookies would have soggy bottoms.

Sifter, rolling pin, aluminium foil and mixing bowls

These are a few things that have little but important role to play in the baking process and they are probably already present in your kitchen!

Mixer

The ingredients must be properly mixed to attain the perfect consistency like; a cake mixture must be light to get the sponginess. For this, you need a good mixer. A good mixer need not be an electric one. It totally depends on the recipe you are following. For example, a muffin batter can be ruined in an electric stand mixer due to over-mixing; so it’s better to use a whisk or a handheld mixer for better control. On the other hand, cake batters and icings can be prepared using an electric stand mixer.

Pantry

Baking requires very basic ingredients that are probably already present in your pantry. The following is the list of a few ingredients that can be used for baking most of the dishes-

Dry Ingredients

• All purpose flour
• Baking Powder
• Baking Soda
• Brown Sugar
• Caster Sugar
• Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
• Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
• Salt

Wet Ingredients

• Vegetable Oil
• Eggs or condensed milk for eggless recipes
• Milk
• Unsalted Butter
• Vanilla Extract

Once you have all these supplies, you are all set to bake the recipe you had your eye on since a very long time. So go ahead and overcome your fears! Happy Baking!