Sunday, September 12, 2010

Zucchini Oat Bran Muffins

I have been hunting for a breakfast-type muffin recipe that's more healthy than sweet. Every recipe I saw was heavy on sugar and oil and called for very little veg. So I decided to make up my own recipe.

Now this isn't the sort of thing I normally do. Improvising on baking recipes normally spells disaster for me (exhibit A). But I used this recipe is a basic guideline and added or subtracted a little here and there to make these zucchini and oat bran muffins.

The result? Absolute perfection. I wouldn't change a thing about this made up recipe (but it will be fun to try!) because these muffins are exactly what I was craving. Not too heavy or dense, they're light and fluffy with a distinct buttery taste and mild sweetness. And best of all, a ton of healthy goodies are packed into the muffins - whole wheat flour, oat bran, zucchini, craisins, coconut, and walnuts.

I will definitely be making these again. I got one and a half dozen muffins from this batch and they freeze very well. By the time I take two out of the freezer, drive to work, and pour a cup of coffee, they are defrosted and ready to be gobbled up!

Zucchini Oat Bran Muffins, an original Ali recipe
1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cup oat bran
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl, but don't overmix. Bake at 350 degrees in greased muffin tins for 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 18 muffins.


  1. LUV!!! This is the same thing I do!!! I LOVE Zucchini Muffins for bfast! Only diff is I make the Giant Muffins instead of normal size as I always need at least 2 muffins two feel full and the big guys are just well extravagant and you know me....only ingredients I swap out are thus: I add Ground Flax - delicious nutty and we all know HEALTHY Bnefits of ommegas 3s... and the best part (drum roll) instead of Craisins a HEALTHY HEALTHY amount of dark chocolate chips!! this makes them luxurious and delicious - and chocolate is close to s*x (p.s. I left out one letter so if there people under 12 they wouldn't be able to understand the innuendo) or so they say sooooo starting my day w/ a little....- well u get the picture ;)! anyhoo need to go make dinner just got home from the MARC JACOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! runway show!!!!!! (I am the luckiest girl in the world - I can check one off the bucket list!!!!) - and yes the first thing I am doing upon returning is checking this blog !!!! so u understand ur importance in the hierarchy of life yes? u then marc then dinner always mixed w/ a little BEN of course!. perfect perfect evening!!! XOXO!!! enjoy those muffins toots!

  2. Blog checking and champagne....(not necessarily in that order...)the two things she does when she gets home!

  3. And PS to all of you reading.. don't forget to wish this fabulous lady HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!