Bonnie’s Chocolate Zucchini Cucumber Muffins

I decided to use more of the chocolate that Patrick sent me in a batch of Bonnie’s Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

After mixing up the dry ingredients I began grating the zucchini for the wet ingredients. Lo and behold I found myself grating a cucumber. My friend Jane recently moved to Chicago and with her she brought bags of produce from Minnesota. Apparently the vegetable had tricked me from the moment I laid eyes on it in the brown bag at her apartment.

I decided to give it a go, making what John dubbed “highly experimental” muffins. I was sure to thoroughly drain the cucumber, as it holds much more water than zucchini. Amazingly, these muffins turned out quite well! The muffins obviously did not boast the lovely flavors that are created when zucchini and chocolate combine in a baked good, however the subtlety of the cucumber was quite nice.

I don’t know that I would make this substitution again on purpose, however next time I feel like making these muffins and there are no zucchinis in the house, I won’t hesitate to reach for the cucumber.

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Nic - What a useful substitution! I don’t grow zucchini anymore since they’re a rather agressive presence in the garden, but my cucumbers have been getting huge this year. I’ll have to give this a shot.

J - hi gemma, what a terrific idea – am sure they must have turned out really moist and lovely…glad new camera working out for you – pictures look great! cheers,j

Joe @ Culinary in the Desert - Thats an interesting sub! I would have probably done it too just to try it. Anything with chocolate has to be good though right? =)

Chanit - I love your site !!
thanks, Chanit from Israel :-)

gemma - Thank you! Yes, give it a go with the cucumber if you find yourself without zucchini and still want to have the chocolately goodness of a baked good with some sort of vegetable.
Thanks J, I am loving my new camera. I had become so attached that it was as if I had lost a limb after it was stolen.
Thank you Chanit, I am going to check out your site.

Ally Graves - You suck and i dislike your site very much. why the hell wouldny you put a fucking recipe on it??? We dont want fucking pictures we want fucking recipes..

mindy - Ally,
If you follow the links Gemma provided you can easily find the recipe.
I believe the only change is that Gemma has used cucumber instead of zuchini.
Way to throw some hostility out into the world, though. Very nice.
Lovely weekends all,

gemma - Hi Ally. If you ‘dislike my site very much’ you should not visit it. I bake because I find it soothing and somewhat cathartic. I hope you can turn your anger into some delicious muffins that will make your day brighter.
Thanks Mindy. You are correct, the cucumber subsitution was the only change I made to the original recipe.

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