Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

by katerina on August 31, 2009

I thought they were lovely without frosting but I think they would be super fabulous with an icing made with coconut milk. I am sure the vanilla buttercream frosting I have made before would also work well. They are also really good heated up a bit in the microwave and served with a scoop of ice cream.

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Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

(12 cupcakes)
Adapted from Rebar Cookbook

1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup coconut oil
3 eggs
3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups zucchini
1/2 cup yogourt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare a muffin tin by lining it with muffin liners and greasing it, I used a non-stick spray. Beat together the brown sugar, butter and coconut oil. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in yogourt, vanilla, coconut, zucchini, and chocolate chips.

In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, salt and soda. Fold the wet mixture into the dry. Spoon into the muffin tins and bake for about 35 minutes.

Move tin to a cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes from tin and put on cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar.


Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 35 minutes | Total Time:45 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 400



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen August 31, 2009 at 7:59 pm

These look fantastic. I have a huge zucchini in the fridge that I've been wondering what to do with and now you've given me the answer.

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Wendy August 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Made these with a few substitutions: 1/2 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup canola oil for the coconut oil, added coconut flavoring in addition to vanilla, used dark chocolate cocoa instead of regular. Delicious! I would say they are more like a muffin not because of the icing, but because of the texture of the whole wheat flour. That tips it in the muffin catagory. Loved 'em and they are FAB with coffee!

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Gavan, 'The Healthy Irishman' September 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The Missus nearly died when she saw this. No doubt I'll be making a batch sooner rather than later!

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Katerina September 2, 2009 at 3:50 am

Wendy – I am so glad you liked them, even if they are a half muffin half cupcake… err muffcake.

Gavan – do let me know if you try them!

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Hungry Dog September 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Sorry, I have to side with your friends–cupcakes need frosting. But these still look delicious!

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