Sweet and spicy.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

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  • Stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and garam masala in a bowl; set aside. Beat eggs, sugar, and applesauce in another bowl until smooth. Add zucchini, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until moist. Fold peanut butter and chocolate chips into zucchini batter until evenly distributed. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

174.9 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 34.4g 11% DV; fat 2.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 23.3mg 8% DV; sodium 181.1mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2012
Made these today makes almost 3 dozen and they smelled great. They don't need even 20 minutes to bake first batch I did 20 minutes and it was a touch too long. Would use this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2013
I was curious about the addition of peanut butter chips and gaiam masala additions. I had tones of zucchini to use up and thought I would give this a try. They turned out nice. I added one ripe banana and used a combination of whole wheat flour cake flour and white divided equally. They were a big hit with my kids. They seemed moist and fluffy. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2012
Made these today makes almost 3 dozen and they smelled great. They don't need even 20 minutes to bake first batch I did 20 minutes and it was a touch too long. Would use this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2013
You definitely can taste garam masala in these muffins, and the zucchini makes them moist. One minor point which you can take or leave. It makes more sense to me to mix in the cocoa powder with the dry ingredients rather than with the wet ones. It's very hard to incorporate into the egg-applesauce-sugar mixture, as the cocoa tends to float on the top. These definitely are cocoa flavored muffins, so if I make again, I think I'll use all peanut butter chips rather than milk chocolate-peanut butter chips. Personally, I liked the peanut butter flavor better, perhaps it's just a taste preference. I cut the zucchini lengthwise into quarters and used the fine shredding blade on the food processor (a lot easier than grating by hand 2 cups of zucchini), and it worked great. Doubt that I'd make these too often, but it was a nice change for a muffin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
I needed to use up some extra zucchini and this was the perfect choice. I used a little less sugar and cocoa powder and a bit more garam masala and they were a huge hit at work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2013
My husband and youngest son couldn't get enough of these cake like muffins. While the batter didn't taste great they baked up well. I didn't have garam masala so I approximated a spice mixture of: 2 parts ginger 1 pt cinnamon 2 pts black pepper 3 pts ground cumin 3 pts ground coriander 1/2 pts ground nutmeg & 1 pt ground cloves. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2013
I was curious about the addition of peanut butter chips and gaiam masala additions. I had tones of zucchini to use up and thought I would give this a try. They turned out nice. I added one ripe banana and used a combination of whole wheat flour cake flour and white divided equally. They were a big hit with my kids. They seemed moist and fluffy. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2013
I was very disappointed in these muffins. I prefer a moister muffin and these were very dry. Definitely not a keeper for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2013
A real crowd pleaser it reminds people of Texas Chocolate Cake. I double or triple the garam masala as I find it hard to taste otherwise. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2015
Great flavor texture is a little off for me. Changes; I made half recipe using two medium eggs. Used yellow squash instead of zucchini and used plain peanut butter chips instead of the fancy swirled ones. Nice and sweet. The egg could have contributed to the texture but I also think these would benefit from using oil instead of applesauce:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
As I always do I follow the recipe exactly at first. These are so delicious moist slightly spicy chocolatey with a hint of peanut butter. I wondered about the garam masala. I have used that in Indian food but never for baking. I think it works just fine. Whoever came up with the idea to use this spice mix in a chocolate zucchini muffin is a genius! If it s the idea of only the maker of these muffins then you are a genius! Well done. Read More