The Secret


The thing is, I want to be open and honest with my son about what he’s eating. The flip side, I want him to eat his darn vegetables. It’s been a struggle, at home. Apparently at school (daycare) he’ll eat most of what they put in front of him. A fellow blogger recently posted a school lunch she prepared for her kids. I commented on the post, and she had the most smack in the face honest and PERFECT advice, this is also why I LOVE her blog!) She was like 3 year-olds don’t get to make demands. Which is so true. I was letting him get the best of me because it was easier than dealing with the dinner time meltdown. But in the long run is that really in his best interest. Not at all. I claim he gets his pickiness from his father, because I’ll basically eat anything. But regardless, it’s up to me to help encourage him and fix that problem. I’m happy to share that we’ve been making progress. We have a deal that he tries at least one bite of a veggie and then he gets to show me how big his muscles have grown and how fast he can run. Win-win for me! He ate the darn veggie and I get to see his adorableness being so proud of himself. I have been getting more creative with hiding veggies in some foods. This recipe, in particular, has a secret ingredient. Zucchini! We have SO much of it (that’s also an understatement) that it was a great way for me to get a veggie in there and use some of it up. I had every intention of making this more of a muffin, but when I ran out of cocoa powder and had to melt chocolate chips, they became more brownie/cupcake like. No complaints here! The next time I make these, I will probable shred the zucchini a bit more finely, or chop it more after shredding it, because he could clearly see it and was hesitant, but gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised.

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins


  1. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oils, melted chocolate chips, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Mix just until everything is incorporated and no white remains. Fold in the shredded zucchini.
  5. Fill the muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.


This is an original recipe.

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    September 8, 2017 at 9:14 am These look yummy! They look like they would have the texture of a corner brownie, which I am all for. I am picky about veggies too (although I do love zucchini) so this gives me more reason to eat dessert! ;)
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      September 9, 2017 at 10:27 am Yes! That is exactly what they are like. A slight crunch on the top, with the sugar, and a soft delicious interior! SO good!
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    September 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm Ooooh I need to try this! I have a zucchini in my fridge just waiting for me to make it into a chocolate muffin... thanks for the idea!
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      September 9, 2017 at 10:25 am It's the perfect way to use it up. I had so much zucchini this year, I was trying to get creative. I hope you enjoy!! Also, next time, I would add extra chocolate chips. :)

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