What does it take to get me back in the swing of the blog? Um….the very best muffin recipe I have ever baked!!! Seriously. You know I hate baking so you can imagine my excitement when I tasted these Flourless Chocolate Cashew Butter Zucchini Muffins and nearly melted with joy and pleasure–they are that good! This one bowl recipe was not only easy to make–it is chock-full of really good-for-you ingredients. Plus, after a few weeks of CSA zucchini overload, I was seriously running out of ways to eat all of it. I resorted to chocolate and I am beyond happy that I did. Speaking of happy, the last few weeks were very healing. Emotionally that is. So much so, that I needed the time to simply be and allow myself to work through a mountain of emotions that had heaped up over the past few years during my Lyme journey (and more). I have been so focused on my physical healing that it seems what actually needed some attention was my heart. The result, I found myself, one Saturday morning, in child’s pose on my yoga mat… in a puddle of really therapeutic tears. And, once the flood gates opened…well, I don’t think they stopped for a week. The chocolate came in handy!
I share this for many reasons. One being the fact that I went totally MIA on the blog. At first I was totally stressed about the fact that I could not bring myself to write a damn thing. Fortunately, I ended up feeling really empowered by the fact that I choose to care for myself and allow myself to be whatever I needed to be–owing nothing to anyone but myself. This, in itself, was part of my healing process. Though I love you all and I thought of you often. I simply chose to do so without self-judgement or a need to please. Huge step for the life-long “pleaser” in me!
So, there I was, in a heap of tears with too many zucchini to deal with. I can’t stand wasting food so I had to come up with something. Something everyone would love because let’s be honest, you can only eat so much grilled, sauteed and roasted zucchini…
So…these muffins were born and let me tell you…if this was all I gained from the week of tears…then so be it. They are that good.
Fortunately, there was more to it–including a few gentle reminders from me to you to listen to your heart, allow yourself the time for self-care and more importantly the time to heal–no matter how that looks.
I know, enough of the sappy stuff. Yes, you can stop me. There are mind-blowingly good muffins to be had!
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, unsalted cashew butter (or almond butter)
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup shredded zucchini, drain excess water using a dish towel
- 1/4 cup extra-dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Combine the cashew (or almond) butter, banana, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla and baking powder in a blender or mix will in a bowl.
- Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
- Line 9 wells of a regular sized muffin tin. Divide the mixture evenly between the wells.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.