Market Finds - Reduced Sugar Zucchini Muffins


As per usual, we spent our saturday morning at the St. Norbert Farmers market. The produce this time of year is delicious and super affordable. Once we get back home, I like to wash as much as I can and put it away - so it's ready to use and doesn't spoil.

Zucchini is one of those foods that always catches my eye - yet sometimes it's a little too eye-catching, and I end up with 3 or 4 in my fridge with no inspiration as to what to use it for. That is, until this fabulous zucchini muffin recipe entered our lives! Most zucchini breads and muffins are LOADED with sugar and oil, sometimes two whole cups of white sugar per recipe. Now, I'm not against sugar... but pouring two heaping cups of it into my mixing bowl just feels like it's doing damage to my body.

I've made this recipe three times in the past few weeks, and each time it is just as good as the last. I also reduce the sugar each time - I'm now down to half a cup.

Zucchini chocolate chip muffins (makes 12)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (almond milk works well)
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Mix egg, oil, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla in a smaller bowl. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Portion into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the muffin tops spring back when you touch them lightly. Let cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

And also - Pop has a tutu. She is signed up for ballet classes starting in September, so we went to a dance store to buy her uniform. The uniform is a very classic pink leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. However, as she was trying on the shoes her eyes caught sight of the ballet dresses. 'MAMA! Can I PLEASE try on one of those dresses?!' she begged. How could I possibly say no... and so we walked out with one ballet uniform, accompanied by one pretty pink ballet dress that she has worn for pretty much the whole weekend. 


BEAUTYEDITER.COM – Beauty Blog said...

This is fabulous! Love it.


Gold Coast Girl said...

These look delicious! I totally made a similar recipe today on my blog. Check it out ;-)