Anyway, this past week I left the farm with the last of the fresh lettuce, some kale, a nice head of cabbage, a couple cucumbers, several yellow squash, and, the star of today's recipe, a bunch of zucchini!!!! I'm a huge fan of trying to incorporate veggies into breakfast, snacks, and generally un-veggie-like dishes. So, I decided to start with my mom's awesome zucchini bread recipe, but make it a bit more breakfast/any time other than dessert friendly. (Don't worry, these can definitely be eaten for dessert, too, but you won't have to feel guilty if you can't wait that long!) The original recipe has a bit more sugar; I reduced it and replaced half with maple syrup. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular flour. Finally, I added a LOT more zucchini.
makes 6 muffins
1/4 c cane sugar*
1/4 c maple syrup
1 - 1 1/4 cup finely shredded zucchini (about 1 mediumish zucchini; I grated mine on a cheese grater)
1/3 c coconut oil, melted (olive oil will probably work, but it will lend a little different taste...butter should work too)*
1/2 tsp vanilla
2/3 tsp baking soda (a heaping 1/2 tsp)
1 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 tsp cinnamon (a heaping 1/4 tsp, or an "underfilled" 1/2 tsp)
dash of salt
* I think you could get away with only 2 Tbs if you used apple sauce instead. If you opt to do this, I would also decrease the oil by a Tbs or 2...if you try it, please post a comment and let me know how it works!
Preheat oven to 325* F. Line muffin tin with muffin cup liners. Mix egg, oil, sugar, syrup, and vanilla together until creamy. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir until just combined. Add shredded zucchini and mix until evenly distributed. Fill muffin cups evenly (they should be very full!). Bake for about 20 minutes, until starting to brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean! Devour. Taste the goodness of summer.
B6 - needed for hemoglobin synthesis (the compound that carries oxygen around in the blood), coenzyme for amino acid and fat metabolism (makes the process work), required to convert tryptophan (an amino acid) into niacin (B3) and serotonin (neurotransmitter that helps control moods!)
Folate - needed for DNA synthesis to make new cells (hence why it's so important for expecting mothers!)
Vitamin C - collagen synthesis (structural component of connective tissue like tendons and blood vessel walls), increases bodily defenses against infection, serves as an antioxidant, necessary for proper thyroid function, and increase iron absorption, especially iron from plant sources