Healthier Zucchini Muffins
Isn’t “muffin” a nice word? It sounds so wholesome. Especially when we pair it with a fruit or vegetable: “I made pumpkin muffins for breakfast.” “Let’s bake some blueberry muffins!” “Zucchini muffins? Yum!”
It just sounds healthy and cozy.
The problem is that most muffins are really cake masquerading as breakfast food.
My former go-to blueberry muffin recipe is delicious but has almost equal amounts of sugar and flour. There are roughly 400 grams of sugar in the batch, which means one little muffin would send you skyrocketing past your recommended sugar allowance for the entire day.
So, I set out to make some muffins that are healthier – they are moist, sweet, and flavorful, but they are not going to send you into a sugar coma, either. These muffins have under 10 grams of sugar per serving, so you and your kids can have one and still be under the your recommended sugar allowance for the day.
This recipe is healthier than most muffin recipes because it calls for whole wheat pastry flour instead of bleached white flour. I buy Bob’s Red Mill brand at Big Lots of all places – the price is unbeatable there. Whole wheat pastry flour has a texture that’s light and fine like white flour but the nutritional profile of whole wheat. You can sub a 50/50 blend of white and whole wheat flours if you don’t have pastry flour on hand.
I also threw in oats for texture and fiber as well as walnuts for crunch. The chocolate chips are optional; the muffins are great either way.
The star of the show here, though, is zucchini. I used a monster zucchini I found at the farmers’ market. When we had a garden and grew zucchini, we learned that these vegetables go from tender, delicate vegetables to monstrously huge, fibrous, Godzilla vegetable beasts almost overnight if you don’t harvest them in time. This recipe uses those tougher zucchini monsters that are too fibrous for sautéeing.
These muffins are fantastic for the freezer, too – I always double the recipe and freeze some for easy breakfasts.
Let’s get started!
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