I set out to change the original recipe up just a little and ended up changing it almost completely. Thank you Carol, wherever you are, for being the springboard to my inspiration...
Zucchini Muffins Cleaned Up a Bit
- 1.5 cups All-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1.5 cups Whole Wheat flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup raw cane/turbinado sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best but....whatever)
- 2 medium zucchini, freshly grated
- 1-2 tbsp ground cinnamon (depending on how much you like cinnamon)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F. If using muffin tins, either generously grease and flour them or use papers. Even if you use papers I still recommend spraying the insides with some non-stick cooking spray. This version tends to stick (from using applesauce instead of oil)
- Whisk together the dry ingredients: both flours, baking powder and soda, salt and cinnamon
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, then beat in the cane sugar
|Notice the Turbinado sugar is larger and has a brownish tint?|
- Next, beat in the applesauce
- Next comes the lemon juice. Normally, I use a wooden juicer for fresh lemons and then strain them using a small mesh seive. I was watching Everday Italian one day and saw Giada just squeeze the lemon and drain it with her hand. I wanted to look cool like Giada and tried it out this time. Well, lets just say I got lemon juice in my eyes and seeds in my batter. Not cool! So, juice at your own risk!
|Definitely doesn't look as cool as Giada doing it|
- Next mix in the grated zucchini. I like to use a giant box grater to do mine.
- Lastly, turn the mixer down to low and slowly add the dry ingredients. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into each section of the muffin pan.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the muffins comes out clean.
|Makes about 2 dozen muffins|
- As tempting as it is....let cool completely before eating. It sticks to the paper less that way!