There are many traditions in our house. Homemade pizza Friday. Giant glass of wine Friday. Fringe Friday. Giant glass of wine Friday.
Yes, wine is a tradition.
There’s another tradition though. One that we participate in on a daily basis. It goes a little something like this.
Me: “Ugh, I can’t decide what to have for dessert tonight. It’s too hard. Should I have a brownie, cupcakes, cookie or a few pieces of chocolate?”
Hubs: “I don’t know either.”
Me: “Pick for me, okay? I’m tired and I can’t be responsible for the decisions I make right now.”
Hubs: [eye roll so big that you can actually feel it] “Okay, how about some chocolate?”
Me: [pause] “I think I’ll have a brownie.”
I’m constantly asking Hubs for his help in making all important decisions. Like what we should have for dinner. Or where we should go for dinner. Or what I should order for dinner. Or what I should make/eat for dessert. And always, without fail, I choose the exact opposite of what he suggests.
I don’t know why I do it. It’s not intentional. I swear it. But since it’s become a little tradition in our marriage I can’t very well stop doing it, now can I? That would be breaking one of the very bonds that keeps us together. And I will not be responsible for breaking one of the bonds that makes us, us.
And so, this explains why when I reached out on Facebook for advice on which recipe to share next, I did the exact opposite of what everyone wanted. I ignored the plea for our smoked pork recipe. I pretended like I didn’t see the request for the white chocolate lemon bars.
And then I went ahead and decided to share these.
The little man has recently decided that all veggies, aside from corn and peas, are pure evil and should only be eaten by the pug. So I’ve resorted to swirling veggies in chocolate and disguising them as delicious muffins. And then, and only then, is he willing to eat them.
Also, I’m slightly addicted to Nutella (and the Almond version from Trader Joe’s) at the moment. Homemade (almond) Nutella. Nutella swirled banana bread. The ever delicious and decadent way to begin your day, peanut butter and Nutella waffles. My personal favorite late-night healthy treat, two ingredient banana Nutella ice cream.
But I want you all to know that I did carefully consider everyone’s suggestion, before I went ahead and did the exact opposite. What can I say, it’s just the way that I am.
Healthy zucchini muffins with a swirl of chocolate and hazelnut sweetness.
- 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch fine sea salt
- 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl whisk together flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
- In a small bowl whisk together the zucchini, milk, canola oil and egg. Fold into the flour mixture until just combined.
- Warm Nutella in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Gently fold into the muffin batter, just until evenly swirled.
- Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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