Friends, I’m about to make a very bold statement.
I think these are the best muffins I’ve EVER made.
I’m serious. And as you know from my recipe page… I make a lot of muffins.
I got an enormous bag of zucchini and squash fresh from a coworker’s garden the other day and have been slowly working my way through it. Finally, I decided enough with the stir fry — it was time for baked goods.
So, what’s the key to this recipe’s awesomeness?
Lemon juice and zest. Such a bright, flavorful addition! I’m never making muffins without lemon again. In fact, this is becoming my new go-to recipe. I want to try it with pumpkin instead of squash next!
Whole Wheat Zesty Lemon Zucchini Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
- 1 & 1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour (or half white, half regular whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 C shredded zucchini or squash (carrots would work, too!)
- 1/4 C skim milk (or low fat milk, or non-dairy substitute)
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350.
In two separate bowls, mix dry, then wet, and then combine, adding wet to dry and stirring gently until the mixture is uniform-ish. Spoon the mixture into a non-stick or sprayed muffin pan and sprinkle with oats to make them look pretty when they come out Bake about 25 minutes — fork check near end to make sure they are done!
Mmmm… these muffins are 100% whole wheat and stuffed with veggies — but you’d never know it. Make them immediately. You won’t be sorry.
Matt snagged one fresh out of the oven and declared them “awesome.”
My work here is done.
I’m off to my dietetic internship bright and early today — we’re helping to judge 4-H district activity day! 4-H is a national youth development organization; my office runs a branch of it. However, for some reason instead of assigning us to the food/grilling/nutrition or even exercise categories, we were given the “expressive arts” category to judge?! This should be a VERY interesting morning, hahah.
Later this evening, we’re also giving a healthy hearts presentation to a club of a bunch of older woman at one of the woman’s home — quite the opposite from how our morning started, huh? I’m giving the part of the presentation where we shock them with how much salt is in standard processed foods — soup, broth, soy sauce, etc. Each person will get a piece of paper with a food on it and they will have to try to line up in order of how much salt everything has — I think they will be surprised!
Ta-ta for now, friends!
p.s. Last call for “perch” photos (see this post for more details)! My post will be up later this week
p.p.s. My Easy Canvas Prints giveaway winner still hasn’t contacted me! Click here to see the winner — it’s announced at the bottom of the post. If it’s you, better act fast or I’ll select someone else!