Sunday, March 20, 2011

Zucchini and Granola Muffins

Trixie loves these, Adam says they're like a cookie and muffin hybrid. They are vegan, inspired by traditional Zucchini bread.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (can use ww, but I like the pastry stuff better)
1 cup coconut flour (can sub any other flour)
3/4 cup rolled oats (can sub any other flour)
3/4 cup sugar (I used sucanet)
1 cup granola (this was my own recipe too, I can send that as well or use 1 cup of chopped nuts)
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup flax
2/3 cup almond milk (can sub any milk or liquid)
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup apple sauce (can sub pumpkin or more zucchini)
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips

preheat oven to 325 degrees
in a large measuring cup or small bowl mix the flax and milk, let sit
in a large bowl mix flours, sugar, granola, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices
then add to the flax mixture: honey, oil, zucchini and vanilla, mix well
stir liquid mixture into flour and mix until flour is moistened, add chocolate chips, it is very thick and dense, may need more almond milk
then spread into loaf pans or spoon into muffin tins (you'll have to spread them a little in the muffin tins, it's very thick)
for muffins bake 15-20 mins, until a toothpick comes out clean.
for loaves bake 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean
makes 2 loaves or about 30 muffins"


I've been asked for my granola recipe before, and it's hard to give. I don't have any special attachments to it, I just don't have a solid recipe for it.

I start with a large bowl, the biggest one I have, that can fit in the microwave.

I'll melt a 1/4 cup of coconut oil in the bowl, when melted add 1/4 cup of sweetener, I use honey, agave or maple syrup
then add 3-4ish cups of oatmeal, not steel cut, or instant, just rolled oats
mix mix mix
I've also added puffed buckwheat* 1-2 cups, adds a nice crunch.
mix mix mix
add seasonings
cinnamon, nutmeg, maca**
add dry extras,
seeds, nuts, coconut, cocoa nibs, flax, hemp etc...
mix mix mix,
then I microwave it for 6 minutes. (I understand that this might be doing some damage to the benefits of some of the antioxidants, but it's so easy!) stirring 1/2 way through.
then I remove and mix occasionally until cool
then add the wet extra
dried fruit, chocolate chips, stir and put into storage.

This yields a lot of granola. It will keep a while, but the coconut oil can go rancid. It does not make a lumpy granola, it's pretty free flowing. Everything can be adjusted to taste.
I love it with some Greek yogurt, honey and fruit.

*To make buckwheat crispies, soak a pound of buckwheat in a large bowl of water, you can change the water because it will get slimy. The buckwheat will double in size, at least. After 12ish hours (I did 24) spread out on dehydrator sheets lines with paraflexx or other type sheets and dehydrate until crispy. They are pretty flavourless, but have a lot of crunch.

** Maca is a super food, adds an interesting nutty flavour.