Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins Recipe

These Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins allow you to get away with chocolate for breakfast! Great for utilizing up surplus zucchini. The cranberries are tart and an ideal distinction to the chocolate.


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Emma Christensen

These completely attractive Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins are from a brand new cookbook that I’m actually having fun with proper now. It’s referred to as The Cranberry Cookbook, and it’s by none aside from Sally Vargas, certainly one of our Simply Recipes contributors!

The pages of this cookbook are filled with concepts for incorporating cranberries into each meal of the day.

Didn’t suppose you wanted that many cranberry recipes? Think once more! As traditional, Sally has hit it out of the park and given us a group of recipes which might be positive to grow to be favorites.

The Cranberry Cookbook

Most of us in all probability affiliate cranberries with Thanksgiving dinner, however Sally makes a convincing argument for giving cranberries some year-round consideration.

The frozen and dried varieties are simply out there any month of the yr, she reminds us, and you should use them in savory recipes simply as simply as candy recipes.

The Cranberry CookbookThe Cranberry Cookbook To show her level, she contains recipes in her cookbook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and for each season.

Here’s a sampling: Cranberry-Chocolate Babka, Grilled Beef Kebabs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce, Turkey Sliders, Pickled Cranberries, Dark Chocolate Gelato with Bourbon-Infused Cranberries, and Cranberry Lime Ricky.

And, after all, these Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins.

The Cranberry CookbookThe Cranberry Cookbook

As I flipped via Sally’s e book, I stored returning repeatedly to those Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins. They appeared so wealthy and decadent — the sort of muffin that walks the road between breakfast and dessert. And so fairly!

I’m blissful to say that they maintain as much as their promise. The zucchini retains the muffins extremely moist and wealthy, and the cocoa makes them really feel like an actual deal with.

I used to be shocked by the entire cranberries referred to as for within the recipe — I’m used to seeing dried fruit in muffin recipes like this. But they have been good. They melted into jammy pockets throughout baking and made the right distinction to the richness of the muffin.

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

Oh, and don’t skip the pistachios on prime! They add simply the correct quantity of texture and crunch to each chew.

Convinced that you simply want extra cranberries in your life? I hope so! Check out Sally’s e book and ensure your pantry is stocked!

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Muffins Recipe


From Sally Vargas: “These muffins prove that any time of day is a good time for chocolate. Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin cups to achieve beautiful rounded tops. Almond flour gives them a rich flavor and moist texture; it is simply finely ground almonds, which you could make yourself in a food processor. To give these muffins sparkle and color, sprinkle them with coarse sugar and a few pinches of chopped pistachios.”

Sally additionally mentions that you probably have bother discovering frozen cranberries on the retailer, frozen raspberries would make an excellent substitute.

Recipe from The Cranberry Cookbook © 2017 by Sally Pasley Vargas. Reproduced by permission of Globe Pequot, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved.


  • 1 cup (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (110g) almond flour
  • 1/three cup (28g) unsweetened Dutch course of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon floor cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 massive eggs
  • 1/three cup (113g) honey
  • 1/four cup (50g) olive oil
  • 1/four cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • three cups grated zucchini (three to four medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup recent or frozen entire cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar, akin to turbinado sugar
  • three tablespoons chopped inexperienced pistachios


1 Adjust a rack to the center place of the oven, and warmth oven to 400F.

2 Prepare the muffin tin: Generously butter the cups and rims of a regular 12-cup muffin tin, or line the tin with paper cupcake liners. Have available a 21/2-inch ice-cream scoop.

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

three Combine the dry components: In a big bowl, whisk collectively the all-purpose flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

four Add the moist components: Make a big effectively within the heart of the bowl and break the eggs into it. Add the honey, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat with a fork to combine totally. With a spatula, stir till the flour is effectively included.

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5 Stir within the zucchini and cranberries.

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6 Scoop into the muffin cups: Using the ice cream scoop, fill every muffin cup, rounded facet up, with about 1/three cup batter.


Sprinkle the muffins with the turbinado sugar and pistachios, and set the tin on a baking sheet.

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7 Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with just some crumbs.

eight Set the muffin tin on a rack to chill for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and funky on the rack.

Chocolate Zucchini Cranberry Muffins

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the managing editor for Simply Recipes, in addition to a meals author and homebrewing knowledgeable. She was previously the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the writer of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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