Monday, August 27, 2012

SRC: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is my first month participating with the Secret Recipe Club (SRC)!  I’ve been interested in the club for a long while, but there has been a waiting list for bloggers and I’m thrilled to get to participate now. 

Each month you are assigned another blogger and you choose one recipe to try from their blog.  Those of you who know me know this is perfect for me, since bloggers are my favorite cookbooks. 

This month, I was assigned to Lynsey Lou – an adorable mom to a precious wee one and a wife to a man who loves her cooking! 


In fact, she hooked her husband with food.  From the moment I visited her blog, I was overwhelmed at the similarities in our taste, and our approach to cooking.  Not to mention the fact that the kitchen is the center of her home & we have the same casserole dish

The first recipe I stumbled across was a chocolate zucchini muffin, and then the goodies kept coming: brownie pie, whole wheat pitas, blueberry grilled cheese, BLT pasta, and skillet broccoli mac & cheese!  And, she’s the only other blogger I know with a recipe for ham & asparagus lasagna.   

I’m convinced there was a reason for the timing for SRC… so I could “meet” Lynsey!!

Now, after spending time browsing, I ultimately ended up choosing the recipe that first caught my attention: Low-Fat Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.  And, they were a hit! The only big modification was the use all whole wheat flour – a combination of whole wheat & white whole wheat.  And, to a few, I added cinnamon.  That was delicious. 

Low-Fat Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – Adapted from Lynsey Lou


  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C brown sugar {not packed}
  • 1 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C dark chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T butter, unsalted {melted}
  • 1 C applesauce {unsweetened}
  • 1 1/2 C shredded zucchini
  • Cinnamon {optional}


Begin by preparing your muffin tins.  I got to use these cute papers from Downtown Dough – an amazing shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, where we vacationed recently.

Once the muffin tins are ready (either muffin papers, or sprayed with olive oil), prepare the dry ingredients. 

Mix together 1 C whole wheat flour with 1 C white whole wheat flour, 1/2 C brown sugar (not packed), 1 1/8 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Stir.

Toss in the 1/4 C dark chocolate chips. 

In a second bowl, mix together 1 egg, 2 T melted butter, 1 C applesauce and 1 tsp. vanilla. 

Stir in the zucchini. 

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until just moist. 

If desired – add in cinnamon, about 1 tsp. for the whole batch of batter.  Alternatively, scoop out some batter and add about 1/2 tsp. to half of the batter, just to see how you enjoy the cinnamon version. 

Scoop the muffin batter into your prepared muffin tins.  Fill each 2/3 of the way full.  I ended up with 16 muffins. 

Bake at 325 for 30 –35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a cooling rack. 

Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature, or freeze for later consumption. 

Thanks, Lynsey!  These were great.


  1. Welcome to SRC - it's really good fun! These muffins look delicious and healthy. There was a similar recipe on my assigned blog which I've bookmarked. Seeing this now tells me it's a sign to make it soon!

  2. Welcome to the SRC! Those look SUPER delicious!

  3. Yum! I bet those were great! Cute muffin papers too :)

    Welcome to Secret Recipe Club - glad to have you in Group D!

  4. Welcome to the SRC!! Zucchini muffins area great choice! :)

  5. Welcome to SRC! I'm so glad you enjoyed these muffins, the addition of the cinnamon chips sounds delicious. I will definitely have to try that next time! I love your blog, it seems we do have similar tastes; in both food and bakeware! Can't wait to try some recipes from your blog!

  6. I just got into the SRC also! I'm in group B - so excited to finally get in after 8 months of waiting! The muffins look delicious - I'll have to give them a try sometime.

  7. Welcome to the group!! What a great first pick! Seeing this recipe makes me sad that I didn't grow any zucchini this year. These muffins look delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Welcome to the SRC. These muffins look great.

  9. These sound absolutely awesome - what a great choice for the SRC! welcome to the SRC - I know you are going to just love it!

  10. Welcome to SRC! It's a fun group. Looks like a great first recipe.

  11. I am SO excited that you are part of the SRC!!!! Hooray!

    I had Lindsey Lou's blog last month and loved every moment of browsing through her it sounds like you did too!

    ~avril :-)

  12. Welcome to SRC! Great muffins & love that they are low fat!

  13. These look fabulous - perfect for my kids lunchboxes! Welcome to SRC!

  14. Great choice in recipes especially with all the zucchini ripening on the vines!

  15. This is my first month in the SRC, too! These muffins look awesome -- I will definitely be giving them a try.

  16. Welcome to SRC! Your muffins look fantastic!

  17. Was in the hunt for another zucchini recipe and this one looks perfect! Great SRC pick

  18. What a great first SRC post. I love zucchini bread, can't not wait to try this muffins, especially with the chocolate chips, YUM

  19. Welcome to SRC! You first post looks amazing! I love zucchini and chocolate paired together! I can't wait to try these!!!


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