I put “healthier” in quotes because, really, is there a such thing as a healthy muffin? This muffin is not as bad as many, but it’s still a muffin. That being said, it’s a pretty darn tasty muffin! How many times can I say the word “muffin” in one paragraph?
Occasionally, a good muffin hits the spot. In fact, I have lots of muffin recipes in my Pinterest recipe box. But, I always cringe when I consider the sum total of the fat and calories in a given muffin recipe. I’ve become quite adept at switching out higher-fat ingredients with lower-fat. Muffins are forgiving, don’t be afraid to change up the recipe!
If you’re looking for light and fluffy these are not your muffin. They’re pretty dense. Lightly sweet, chewy, apple-y, with a pleasing spice flavor, these are a “stick to your ribs” muffin. And, if you have kids, a great way to sneak zucchini into their diet. I made these when a couple of nephews came to visit last year. They gobbled them up, though the older did pause, poke around and say, “Hey, what’s the green stuff in here?” I acted like I didn’t hear him. 🙂
- 1/2 c old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c all purpose flour
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c egg substitute
- 1/8 c canola oil
- 1/4 c apple sauce
- 1 c shredded zucchini
- 1 apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine oats, all purpose and whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
In a small bowl combine egg substitute, canola oil and apple sauce.
Grate the zucchini and squeeze out the moisture (I purchased one small zucchini and it came out to just about a cup).
Core and chop the apple. I use my handy little corer/slicer. And I don’t peel the apple. It’s really a matter of preference.
One medium apple (I used Braeburn) equaled this much:
Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Add the zucchini and apple.
The batter will be thick.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. A word about my muffin pan. It’s a well-used silicone pan. If you hang around with me you’re going to see some much-loved kitchen stuff. A little discoloration here, perhaps a little chip there. Oh, and don’t look too closely at that oven. 🙂
I checked them at 20 minutes and they needed an additional 5.