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Grain-free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (from Pamela Salzman)

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Recipe Credit: Pamela Salzman

Makes an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan

Ingredients:

coconut oil or butter for greasing pan

1 cup creamy, unsweetened, unsalted almond butter, raw or roasted

1/3 cup pure Grade A maple syrup or raw honey

1⁄4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder

1⁄4 tsp. fine ground sea salt

1 tsp. instant organic coffee powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 1⁄2 cups of shredded zucchini, about 2 small

1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch pan. If you want to remove the cake from the pan in one piece, line it with unbleached parchment paper as well.

In a large bowl combine the almond butter, maple syrup, cacao powder, salt, coffee powder, egg, vanilla, and baking soda until smooth.

Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Pour into prepared pan and bake until just set and a toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs. Do not overbake. A 9 x 9 pan will take 35-45 minutes. An 8 x 8 pan will take 40 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Notes: You can also add 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.

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