Saturday, August 20, 2011
It is certainly the season for zucchini, and we have been eating more than our fair share! We love it in savory applications raw, roasted, sautéed, in soups and stews... but zucchini is also great as a moister booster in baked goods. The neutral flavor also creates a wonderful palate for any flavors you enjoy most in your baked goods to shine through. These muffins are subtly sweet and spicy, perfectly moist on the inside with a nice crunchy topping. All in all, they yet another wonderful way to enjoy the bounty of summer!
1 1/2 C. Flour (I used half whole wheat, half all-purpose, a gluten free blend would work well too)
2 T. Ground Flax Seed (optional)
1 t. Cinnamon
1/2 t. Nutmeg
1/4 t. Salt
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
2/3 C. Sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)
2 T. Molasses
1 t. Vanilla Extract
1 t. Orange Zest
1/3 C. Oil
1 1/2 C. Zucchini, Shredded
1/2 C. Dates, pitted and chopped (optional – you can also substitute other dried fruits)
1/4 C. Chopped Pecans (optional)
1)Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or lightly oil the pan.
2)Combine the flour, flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda.
3)In a separate bowl, combine the egg, sugar, molasses, vanilla, zest, and oil. Stir in the zucchini. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; stir until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. Stir in the dates.
4)Spoon the batter into the muffin tin. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with some pecans.
5)Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
We hope you enjoy these muffins and the rest of your summer!
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