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Cinnamon Spice (zucchini…shhhh) Muffins

Better With Veggies

When I saw that the very last challenge of Meatless Monday A – Z was zucchini, I was thrilled.

I love zucchini as evidenced here and here and even here.

I use zucchini in place of pasta. I use it in oatmeal and smoothies. I dip it raw into hummus. It’s cheap, nutritious and versatile.

I never make zucchini bread.

Why not?

1. Most zucchini breads are calorie bombs full of sugar and oil.

2. Matty B won’t eat it. Maybe it’s the green flecks that throw him off. Regardless, me+an entire loaf of zucchini bread=disaster.

So my goal for this challenge was to create 1) a somewhat healthy treat and 2) make it appealing to all members of my family.

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I started by peeling my zucchini. Certainly I lost some nutritional value in the removed peel, but no green flecks for me!

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All the cool kids were invited to the party: WW flour, baking powder and soda, salt and cinnamon.

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My peeled zucchini is puréed. J Man saw this and asked in horror, “what’s that?!?”

My answer? Yummy!

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My purée is mixed with vanilla and some oil and a little sugar. I bet you could substitute maple syrup or agave, but I was already nervous about pureeing my zucchini versus shredding it, so I wasn’t going to take any chances.

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There’s always an ingredient that makes the dish. Here, it’s cinnamon chips. Oh…yes…

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I used a scant cup of these little bits of heaven. Scant because I dumped a few out to eat plain. Are these vegan? Certainly not. I didn’t read the label, but that was a well thought out decision.

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Before

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After

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These little nibbles were the best!

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And not a speck of green for miles…

Now, lest you judge me for fooling my family and “sneaking” veggies into their food, know this: My kids know and love their vegetables. Broccoli, carrots and green beans (in their unadulterated form) are typically the first foods gone from my kiddos plates. Matty B is another story…

These mini treats are simply a yummy bite that just happen to be healthy.

Interestingly enough, the kids gobbled these up. Matty B? Meh. He wasn’t a fan. Later on, I caught him sneaking Starbursts, telling the kids they were cough drops. Some people are lost causes…

Cinnamon Spice Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups WW pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 medium zucchini, peeled and puréed, roughly 1/2 cup
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Instructions

Combine all dry ingredients, minus sugar, in a medium bowl. Combine all wet ingredients, plus sugar, in a small bowl. Combine all. Add cinnamon chips. Divide into a mini muffin pan, baking at 350 for 12-14 minutes.

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2 responses »

  1. Yummy- Zucchini bread is one of my favorites, so I will be trying your zucchini muffins! Tasty!

    Reply

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