Monday, August 29, 2011

Zucchini "Cupcake" Muffins

This healthy muffin packs in the nutrition of zucchini, whole wheat, and flax seed meal for a brain-boosting breakfast "cupcake" my kids love!

Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 14-55 Minutes
Yield: 24 regular muffins or 48 mini muffins or 2 loaves of bread

2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar (or substitute 1 ripe, mashed banana for 2/3 cup of sugar)
3 cups finely shredded zucchini
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp shredded lemon peel (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Line muffin tins with paper wrappers. In a medium bowl combine wet ingredients and stir until well mixed. Top with dry ingredients and stir together all at once until just blended. Spoon batter into cupcake tins. Baking time will vary by size of your muffins, they are done when a toothpick comes out clean or the top cracks. Mini muffins take around 14 minutes, larger muffins will take longer.

This recipe will alternately make 2 loaves of zucchini bread, baked at 350 F for 55 minutes.

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