Tasty and mostly simple food for the whole family.

Tasty, healthy, simple, verstile, practical, seasonal, fun food for all to enjoy. I will endeavour to make things gluten-free, dairy-free (cow's milk only here, I'm not super-human), and low sugar as able. I hope others feel motivated to add their recipes to this collection so we can all try them. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Whole Wheat Tasty Muffins

AKA: MamaFawn's Whole Wheat, Flaxmeal, Zucchini, Carrot, Applesauce, Banana, Molasses, Reduced Sugar, Low-Fat Muffins.

AKA: Power Muffins

Mia loves these.  Mike loves these.  I loved these.  They are neither gluten-free, nor dairy-free, but they are amazingly tasty and packed full of goodness for big and little ones alike.  This recipe is heavily modified from a zucchini bread recipe originally in a Cooking Light cookbook.  This was originally motivated by trying to find a delicious way to deliver major amounts of nutrients to the little one, but quickly morphed to Mom & Dad's favorite morning snack.  This is one of the few things I truly miss in my wheat-free world.  I have to continue to develop my wheat-free option, so far I'm not there.  Anyway, these have snuck green veggies into even the most discerning Mini-tasters.

~Makes 18-20 small muffins or 12 muffins and a loaf~
~I usually freeze 12+ muffins and pull out from the freezer as needed~

3c shredded zucchini/carrot*
4c flour **
1/3c -1/2c white sugar (or less, as you like it.  The original recipe called for 1c!)
1/4c brown sugar
5t baking powder
1.5t cinnamon
1/2t salt
1/2t nutmeg

1.5c milk, soymilk or yogurt***
2t vanilla extract
2lg eggs lightly beaten (or egg substitute)
6T vegetable oil****
1/2c or so unsweetened applesauce (optional)
3T or so blackstrap molasses (optional, great for flavor and extra iron)
1-2 bananas, either smushed up or finely chopped (optional, good for natural sweetness and potassium)

1.  Preheat oven to 350°
2.  Mix dry ingredients in big bowl and make a well in center
3.  Mix wet ingredients together and add zucc/carrot
4.  Add zucc/carrot/misc.  mix into center of dry ingredients stirring just until combined
5.  divide evenly between muffin tins &/or loaf pans (either use cupcake liners or non-stick spray)
6.  Cook muffins 30-40 min, loaf pan usually requires 50-60min. 

* I use whatever is on hand or sounds good.  Maybe even some frozen, drained spinach would be good for some extra nutrients?
**I usually use about 2.5c whole wheat, 1c white and .5c flax meal.  Use whatever you like to mix
*** Use nonfat for big people if you care, or use full fat for the babies, depending on your goal!
**** I usually use only 3T oil and 3T applesauce in addition to adding extra applesauce for fun, as with the milk, modify your fats as you see fit for your needs