Thursday, March 8, 2012

Zucchini chocolate muffins and Navitas naturals


1 cup grated zucchini
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp heavy cream, whipping cream or milk
3/4 cup vanilla flavoured sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder *
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp each ground spice cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom

Beat eggs, sugar, oil then add the cocoa and zucchini.
Stir in the combined flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Pour into lightly greased muffin tins filling 2/3rd.
Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
This makes 12 muffins.



* I used Cacao from Navitas naturals. Cacao gives a delicious taste. It is unscented, no sugar added healthy product because it has iron, dietary fiber and magnesium.
It can be used in place of chocolate, by placing the same amount.


I also tasted the mulberries sold at Navitas naturals. The flavour is similar to dried figs with a chewy crunch. I haven't had dried mulberries before so this tasted a little different for me; I guess it is a taste to get use to.
It is a healthy snack on its own, and can be used in place of raisins in recipes i.e. granola, pancakes, smoothie and other baked goods.
Mulberries have lots of iron, calcium, vitamin C, protein, and fiber. The Navitas mulberries are organically grown in fertile plains of Turkey. The fruit is shaken off trees and sun dried leaving 15% of moisture content on the mulberries. It is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin C, iron and fiber.


Lucuma is another product sold at Navitas naturals. It is cultivated from places like Peru, Chile and Ecuador. It is a sweetener that has a maple like flavour. Lucuma is used in smoothies and desserts. It has low sugar content and has lots of vitamins and minerals.
Lucuma is made from ripped fruit that is peeled, dehydrated and milled to fine powder.


I also got to try the bite sized blueberry hemp superfood power snack, it had an unusual taste which is not for me :) There are ingredients such as blueberries, maca, chia, camu-camu, sunflower seeds, cashews and lucuma in it.

All Nativas naturals products are raw, kosher, gluten free, vegan and organic. The products are made from wholesome sustainably cultivated ingredients. They have a lot of products available in health food stores, and online so do check their site.

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56 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I will have to look for those products as they sound delicious! The muffins are very tempting :) Thank you for sharing!

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  2. wow awesome dear...luv it! gr8 job...

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  3. Your cocoa and spice mixture sounds wonderful!

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  4. Loved the muffins... Looks so yum...

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  5. the muffins look awesome. healthy and delicious!

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  6. Deliciosos :) ñam ñam no dejaba uno en la mesa Besos

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  7. Beautiful muffins!!!
    Have a nice day

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  8. interesting n delicious muffins..

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  9. I made the zucchini cake on Sunday and my son was saying i added strings9Grated Zucchini) to the cake. The muffins look yumm.
    Love Ash.

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  10. The muffins look superb, and hey you always come up with these wonderful products, will check it out..

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  11. muffins look perfect and yum!...nice way to include veggie in it!

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  12. Are you fan of Dr. OZ TV show? He introduces new products which I am crazy about.
    I love to experiment in the kitchen and I would sure to work with cacao powder.

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  13. These muffins look wonderful. I love adding vegetables into baking... then I can eat two. :)

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  14. Nice way to get the kids to eat vegetables :)

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  15. something different..looks delicious..

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  16. very dleicious n healthy muffins...looks cute n yummm

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  17. nice muffins!......nice product review.

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  18. The muffin look awesome.I think I will fall fro this flavor..Truly delicious a recipe.Thanks.

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  19. The muffin look awesome.I think I will fall fro this flavor..Truly delicious a recipe.Thanks.

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  20. Looks great! Love zucchini bread...sure I would love this too!

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  21. Cute muffins...looks delicious...liked the muffin liner.

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  22. Delicious and nutritious muffins you have posted!

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  23. Zucchini and muffins??? Very creative and wonderful outcome.

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  24. This is probably the only way I can get my family to eat zucchini! Fabulous muffins, my friend~

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  25. yummmy.......no words for muffin....Awesome....

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  26. This is such a feast to the eyes!!
    Never heard of Zucchini in a bake, so it's a dream cake for me.

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  27. zucchini in muffins is interesting

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  28. yumzz..i especially like muffin that uses vegetable oil better than butter. They always turn out more moist and soft. Nice.

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  29. Adding zuchinni in muffins sounds interesting to me. looks cute

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  30. I'm sure they are delicious, have a wonderful weekend Akheela!

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  31. Yummy and Healthy muffin..i am bookmarking it

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  32. Oh my god..such a mouthwatering muffins..it looks just awesome...vl try 4 sure....
    Maha

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  33. Haven't tried using zucchini in baking! This sounds awesome!

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  34. I have been always very curious about combining zucchini with chocolate. This sounds delicious.

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  35. These muffins sound like the perfect treat =)

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  36. cute muffin packed with a sneaky vegetable :), we had a mulberry tree at home when I was growing up:) must look for this dried variety to try , have a nice week end

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  37. Very cute muffin akeela
    looks nice

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  38. I've never put zucchini in a cake but keep meaning to try it. They look delicious.

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  39. This sure sounds like a guilt free treat! love it when deliciousness is healthy :)

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  40. That looks soo healthy and yummy! A perfect grab and go breakfast!

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  41. Ahh....wht a creative recipe!!! Sounds healthy & looks scrumptious!!!!!

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  42. Have always wanted to try this combo.. The muffin looks absolutely delicious :) Thanks for linking it

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  43. What an incredible combo!! Looks so yummy...wonder how it tastes!


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  44. wow, such a new and delicious recipe.

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