Music for your Mouth: Martha and the Muffins

Holy moly there’s some great alliteration going on in the title today. A mouthful of muffins!

I had heard of the band Martha and the Muffins in passing before now, but didn’t really think I knew who they were. I did a bit of the old internet research, and the first song that came up on youtube was Echo Beach. As soon as I started playing the song I recognised it – it is so familiar, I just have no idea where from. The Bear felt the same too…perhaps it is in a movie or something?ย 

Regardless of where it’s from, it’s a catchy tune with a perfect 80s film clip – the outfits, the hair styles, the split screen shots – it’s all there! I probably should have made some daggy 80’s cookbook muffins to match, but I will leave that to Hasta La Vegan, who is doing a spectacular job of with her theme of Bizarre and Outdated Cookbooks. Check. It. Out. Some serious dishes happening over there.


Zucchini and chocolate are the perfect partners in crime in the creation of lovely moist cakes. Not only that, but using veggies in sweets is a great way to sneak them in for those who do not look so kindly upon them. I reckon that if I had zucchini-hating children, I would definitely test this recipe on them – I bet they would barely notice the vegetables in amongst all that delicious chocolate.

marthamuffins4I don’t know what it is about muffins, but Ruby can never seem to keep her eyes off them. She is definitely my dog! Or maybe it’s the sneaky cats on the tea towel that she’s got her eye on this time…


Chunky Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
(makes 12)

1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup overripe banana, mashed
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxmeal = 3 Tbsp water)
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/3 cup chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease or line a muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cacao, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the banana, vanilla, oil, sugar, flax egg and milk.

Stir zucchini into the wet mix, then pour the whole lot into the dry mix and stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Fold through choc chunks.

Spoon into muffin tray and bake for 20-25 mins until they bounce back when you press them lightly. Allow to cool slightly, then turn onto a cooling rack.




  1. Echo beach is such a brilliant song that just brings back that time! Am sure hasta la vegan has a cookbook for it – love her posts! And the chocolate zucchini combination worked for sylvia in my recent brownies – I think she would enjoy your muffins too and if she didn’t i would happily eat hers as well as mine

    1. It’s so cool, isn’t it? I know, I’m loving Hasta La Vegan – such a great theme. It’s definitely inspiring me to grab some more of mum’s old cookbooks to flick through. Sounds like a win win whether Sylvia eats them or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. These look so good. I just picked up a new bag of spelt flour, so these are definitely going on my to-make list. I’ve never baked with cacao powder before, so this’ll be exciting!

    I also love your tea towel and your MoFo theme, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aw thank you for the mention, much appreciated. Glad you’re enjoying my blog!

    Those muffins look uhhmazing! I keep meaning to add courgette to my baked goods more often and you’ve just given me the perfect excuse ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I would love a mouthful of muffins, please! Iโ€™ve never had zucchini and chocolate together before, I imagine they are pretty tastyโ€ฆawwww Ruby looks soooooo cute, I love her little white marks on her forehead!

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