Wednesday, July 11, 2007

garden goodness

A cool front has blown in today; a much needed relief from yesterday's temperature of 95 degrees. I spent some time in the afternoon out in the garden weeding ~ not much fun, but definitely worth the trouble when I think about the benefits...

~like the fresh blueberries I enjoyed on my homemade granola for breakfast~
~and LOTS of zucchini...

...for my new favorite muffins, which I enjoyed with a cup of tea...

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
  • (adapted from a recipe in British Country Living magazine)
  • 6 oz dark chocolate (70%)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped {or dried cranberries}
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange {optional}
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil {edited 7/09 ~ I have reduced this to 1/2 cup with good results.}
Melt chocolate in double boiler~keep warm. Whisk together eggs and oil; blend in the melted chocolate; add the grated zucchini. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda; add the sugar and the dried cherries. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Pour into 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 - 30 minutes, until risen and skewer comes out clean.
I've made two batches already, and they disappear before I know it! Enjoy.


  1. The blueberries look YUMMY! We love Zucchini. Nothing taste as good as freash fruits and vegis.

  2. Suzanne7:06 PM

    Thanks for the receipt Deb, just what I need, more weight to gain...LOL!!!

  3. Ohh yumm, I like that it has chocolate, not jut coco powder. Stay cool. Clarice

  4. Yum! I've got to try these. :)
    Don't forget - dark chocolate reduces blood pressure! ;)

  5. I've had more zucchini than I can shake a stick at! I just blogged about my feta stuffed zucchini, but your recipe sounds so good, i'll have to try it tomorrow when the next crop rolls in!!!

  6. Yummy! All my most favorite food groups! I absolutely love fried zuchini drizzled with ketchup! When you've had your fill, could you send me your largest ones for frying???? :) Chocolate zuchini cake is also delish. Thank you for sharing! Nancy

  7. Ok...Deb...I just need to know one you have a clone? do you get so much done in one day?...gardening...granola making...muffin baking...not to mention ALL of your wonderful crafts and such...geez...I guess maybe I need to get off the ole bum here..and get

    Your muffins/blueberries/zucchini ALL look scrumptous...I'm going to have to try that muffin recipe...have you ever had zucchini nut muffins...those are my favs...sadly, I don't have a great recipe for that..yet...but my bakery does...I'll have to see if I can steal it from them...I mean borrow...


  8. What a delicious post! I must make those muffins! I make a zucchini muffin with chocolate chips, but this on looks like a nice alternative. We're waiting on the zucchini--it's been such a dull, sunless, rainy summer here in southern Norway. YUM--homemade granola...Will you be sharing that recipe too?! Happy Days! :o)

  9. What beautiful photos, which look like they could be published in a country gardening magazine of some kind. The berries look wonderful. Yum! Thanks for sharing the muffin recipe!

  10. It's been so very hot here the last couple of days, but feels cooler this morning. I'm so glad. I was melting away yesterday.
    Aren't blueberries pretty altogether like that? This time of year, we can gather an artful arrangement of all sorts of lovely things from nature. I love that part of summer and fall.
    Thank you for the recipe. I like the addition of the cherries. Great combination.
    I hope you're day is a happy one, and stays cooler too.

  11. Yum! Slap some frosting on that baby and you've got a chocolate cupcake. But I suppose it's more "healthy" the muffin way! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Did you say homemade granola? I haven't made that since my children were young! Would love if you could share the recipe!The blueberries look very delicous!

  13. Oh, the blueberries look delicious! I'm glad to hear a cool front rolled in to give you some relief. Thank you for sharing the muffin recipe, I know what I'm making this weekend. :)


  14. We're enjoying a break from the heat too ~ thank goodness! The blueberries look so good ~ I'm hoping to pick some up at the market in the morning. ♥

  15. This recipe sounds very similar to one I make, with the exception of the dried cherries. I am going to add the cherries next time!

    Have a lovely weekend.

  16. The blueberries are beautiful! Also, thank you for sharing your zucchini recipe. I try to eat all the dark chocolate I possibly can. I loved it even before the health benefits were found!

    Have a great weekend.

  17. OH! I just LOVE blueberry! You wouldn`t know, but i have been eating them for breakfast today! Yepp, i have..they have a lot of them here in the woods in Norway. They are big and juizy, just how i like them. Yours looks just like them! And what a treat to have them on your doorstep and use them in everydays food! What a jummy post, hehe :))

  18. Sounds yummy, I will definitely try those muffins! Thanks for posting the recipe:)

  19. zucchini are called courgettes here. Unfortunately mine have rotted away this year. I love the look of your blueberries, what does granola taste like? I often here it mentioned.

  20. Eliazabeth8:54 PM

    Just found you at Kris's comment your blog...gonna add it to my daily reads!

    Love to sew, quilt, cook, etc. so looking forward to seeing all your blog when I have the time later.

  21. Elizabeth8:56 PM was at Judy's, not Kris's...think you would love MissKris's blog too!

  22. I love chocolate zuke muffins (or cake)! Mine aren't quite pickable yet. And those blueberries -- straight from your yard? I wish!


  23. Lucky you! I miss having blueberries. Mine were done in by a late frost. Those muffins look deelish!


  24. MMmmmmmm, yummy!
    Those muffins look delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe too.
    Alison x

  25. Hello...

    My name is Beverly, I found your lovely site through another site and what a beautiful place it is... The blueberries look so good! I will be back to visit again and again...

    Have a lovely day...


  26. Just came across your blog! what a treat!.your home is beautiful,love your workroom and your kitchen! I'll be back again another day!

  27. So delicious looking! I will definitely try out your chocolate zucchini mum makes a fantastic pear zucchini loaf that is to die for, so I can't wait to try your recipe!


  28. Ugh! I wanted your mini floral clothespin bag, but I procrastinated too long! Will there be more?

  29. Oh those blueberries, yum, yum. In fact this whole post is yummy.

  30. Our blueberries aren't ripe yet. Your muffins look lovely. The recipe I've got is for a slab cake. Take care - love Julia x

  31. Loved the blueberries. We pick blueberries but yours look more tasty. I have tried several times to grow Zucchini but with no success here in No. Calif. I heard that you need bees to pollinate it.

  32. Hi there!

    I have just discovered your blog-- its lovely :)

    Thanks so much for sharing that recipe-- I cannot WAIT to try it, as it sounds healthy and delcious.

    Have a great day!

  33. I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! I wish I were your neighbor!


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