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healthy zucchini muffins

Anyone who had taken a stroll through a farmers market, their local grocery produce aisle, or peeked into a neighbors garden {or their own!} knows it's zucchini squash season. These late summer beauties grow in abundance and are awesome on their own, grilled with a little salt and pepper. However, we know I am a sucker for a baked good, so to satiate my constant craving for something sweet and tasty, I went in search of a good healthy zucchini bread recipe to help me use some home grown zucchini up before my fridge produce drawer turns into a zucchini wasteland. I just made this recipe, and it's cooling in the kitchen. I plan on heading out the pool for a bit, then trying it when I come back. You know, sometimes removing yourself from temptation can save you from eating an entire recipe at once ;)
Healthy Zucchini Bread or Muffins (Makes 1 loaf or 12 muffins) 
From Women and Weight website. The original recipe can be found at the Glamour Magazine site.
½ cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour works best)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 and ½ cups of grated zucchini.  I used 1 large zucchini, which made about 2 cups grated.
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda 
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well (sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg).
3. Combine the liquid ingredients in a small bowl and stir well (egg, vegetable oil, unsweetened applesauce, zucchini). Then add wet ingredient mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan or a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and add the batter. (Tip: you can use a ¼ cup measure to quickly and easily scoop out the batter when making muffins.)
5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf or muffins comes out clean.
The nutrient breakdown:
161 calories per muffin or slice
0.6 grams of saturated fat
133 mg of sodium
9.9 grams of sugar
1.5 grams of dietary fiber

1 comment

  1. Sounds yummy-- zucchini bread is one of my fave things! :)


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