Zucchini + Chocolate go together like PB + J

zucc cocoHave you ever put zucchini, or any veggie for that matter, in a dessert? Well after making these chocolate-zucchini cupcakes, I’m convinced that if you add anything to chocolate, it’s bound to taste good!!

Another WeightWatchers recipe success! I’m a huge fan of portion control. I’m a fan but I might not be a committed follower when it comes to portion controlling desserts which is why I LUV CUPCAKES. Have you ever eaten another piece of cake to “take the last cut piece” or “fit it in the container” or “even it out”? Well.I.am.Guilty. Being an accountant, things need to equal, to balance, so it’s only natural for me to want the cake to be cut straight or evened out, right? This is why I love cupcakes. You really can’t make excuses to having to eat more since they are already portioned out! 🙂

So here’s my attempt success with chocolate-zucchini cupcakes, a 4 PointsPlus value per cup. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes/servings.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat four
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb zucchini finely shredded (2.5 cups)
1 tbsp confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper and lightly coat with cooking spray. Whisk together flours, sugars, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined.

zucc coco4Shred zucchini. I used a cheese grater then cut it up even further (seriously, I was skeptical about this). Stir zucchini into chocolate mixture until just combined. Fill cupcake tins to a little over 3/4 full (they won’t rise that much) and evenly to fill all 24 cups.

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Bake for about 20-25 minutes until center comes out clean. Tops will look moist.

Sprinkle with confectioners sugar to follow the official recipe or add fat free cool whip or whipped cream and grated chocolate for decor.

I tested these out with some friends from church and they are approved!!

Again, I must say I was a huge skeptic on WeightWatchers recipes. They look good, sound good, but do they really taste good and are they filling and satisfying? Well after a few recipes (check on this one on brownie cups, and this one on cappuccino angel food cupcakes), I’m surprised and happy to say yes, they are filling and satisfying!! And WeightWatchers lifestyle approved!!

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Bon appetite!

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