I am finding more and more gluten-free options at my local Costco. This week, while reaching for my huge loaf of Udi’s bread, I noticed a box of chocolate muffins right next to the bread. Upon further inspection I saw that they were gluten-free and I was intrigued.
These weren’t standard muffins. First they were in the frozen section, not the fresh bakery section. The box was a size my freezer could accommodate – if it wasn’t I wouldn’t have looked twice. Second, the brand name on the box is Garden Lites and these were Zucchini Chocolate Veggie Muffins. I’m thinking how do zucchini…chocolate…and veggies work together in a muffin that’s gluten free? But then I think about that awesome zucchini chocolate chip cookie recipe I have and think, maybe this could work. I see things on the box like “gluten free” “4g protein” “individually wrapped” and I’m sold.
I figured this would be something good to grab and toss in my bag for work. They are slightly high maintenance since they are frozen and either need to be microwaved for 30 seconds or allowed to thaw for a few hours before eating but I can handle that.
I ate my first one this morning. They are all individually wrapped so I took one out of the box, microwaved it in its package for 30 seconds and jumped in the car. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was wonderful: soft, warm and surprisingly light and fluffy. It was not at all dense like gluten-free baked goods can sometimes be. The muffin wasn’t large but for 120 calories of chocolate that’s understandable.
The muffins contain egg and soy but are gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. The company, Garden Lites, has a full line of minimally processed, vegetarian, all natural soufflés and zucchini “pasta” dishes. In addition to chocolate, other muffin flavors include zucchini banana chocolate chip and carrot berry veggie.