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!