Healthy Delicious Zucchini Banana Muffins
So here it is. This is the recipe that I use to make muffins to sell. These are healthy, delicious, dairy-free, sugar-free and lunchbox friendly. They are super versatile as you can make the base and then add whatever flavourings you want. You can easily make several different muffin types in one batch.
In these muffins there is no sugar (unless you add the chocolate chips) no dairy (as long as you use dairy-free chocolate chips) and no nuts. They do contain plenty of fruit, whole grains, healthy fats and even a vegetable! Everyone in the family loves the berry and apple versions, but my daughter is a bit of a chocolate fiend, so I make some chocolate chip for everyone as well.
I like to make muffins that are on the smaller side to go into lunch boxes for my little people, so this recipe usually makes about 36 muffins. They freeze really well and can be pulled out when you are in a rush. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does!
- 2/3 cups melted coconut oil
- 4 eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff from Canada)
- 3/4 cups apple sauce
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups packed mashed ripe bananas (about 6 bananas)*
- 1 grated zucchini (about 1.5 cups)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 cups wholemeal flour
This makes the base. Then you can add whatever flavourings you feel like. Some ideas are:
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips or chunks (I often cut up a Green & Black’s 70% organic dark chocolate bar)
- 6 medium apples cut into small chunks
- 2 cups mixed berries (I defrost some frozen ones)
- 1 cup cacao powder
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius fan forced (380 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease muffin tray with coconut oil if necessary. I use a silicone tray that does not require it.
- Melt the coconut oil in a large bowl if it is solid. Beat in the eggs, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla until it is all mixed. I find the stand mixer works best for this.
- Add the mashed banana and grated zucchini.
- If the coconut oils gets cold it can separate. If this happens, put your bowl into the sink surrounded by warm water and gently stir until the oil melts and mixes back in.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in another bowl. If you can, get ‘help’ like I did.
- Stir the wet and dry ingredients together.
- If you are going to make different flavours, now is the time to split the mixture into separate bowls.
- Add chocolate chips, apple pieces or berries to each bowl and stir until mixed.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Bake muffins for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy now or freeze some for later. Oh and remember not to feel guilty about eating them, because they are actually healthy!
*I find it best to use previously frozen bananas. Freezing them seems to break down the cell walls and makes the muffins moister.