Happy Birthday to me recipe …. CHOCOLATE

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Yesterday I turned 24 (or..maybe it was 34?) and my 5.5 year old (no questions there) insisted that we make cupcakes. Below is the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread (which has been altered for added health and subtracted calories/fat) 😀

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Cupcakes

the princess and the zucchini cupcakes that she helped make

1 1/2 cups shredded raw zucchini (or there about)

1 cup whole wheat flour (plus a little flax seed for added heath points)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (add a little extra for a darker chocolate taste)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower or canola oil (use 1/4 cup oil, plus 1/4 cup apple sauce or sour cream or yogurt)

1/2 cup (100 grams) white sugar

1/2 cup (105 grams) light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Bake in prepared cupcake pan at 350 F for about 20 minutes. You can also bake in a loaf pan at 350 F for 55-60 minutes (which is what is in the oven to bring to my sister who is on bed-rest until my future niece is ready for her grand entry in a couple of weeks! YAY!

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About hobbymamma

I'm a mother of the marvelous Olivia (age 7), the adorable Cooper (almost 3) and Wyatt (6 months). As a busy SAHM (& wife to Tyson aka 'Sarge'), I find myself with irons in many fires. Some of my time is also devoted to voluntary services for various non-profit organizations. The idea for this blog came from something I find myself thinking or saying rather often lately: I have so many interests & hobbies that I don't consider myself 'expert' at any of them. It can be frusterating on occasion, but mostly I find it refreshing and rewarding to enjoy such variety. On this blog I share bits and hints about some of the hobbies I currently enjoy. When considering some of my favorite hobbies - i've discovered that a theme that threads through many of them is green. Not necessarily the color (that too) but 'green practices'. I often find myself thinking, how can I make this more environmentally friendly. What ingredients or products are better for my family and the beautiful planet where we live. I hope you will enjoy reading about some of my hobbies and be inspired to try something new!

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