Friday, March 27, 2015

Goth Girl, Cart Boy & Zuchinni Breakfast Muffins

Today it is rainy outside with a cold front coming in with the storms so we went to the store to get baking ingredients.  I love to warm the house up and make it smell wonderful while it's rainy out.  We are going to make Breakfast Mini Muffins!

Going to the store solo with my 3 kidlums is always quite the adventure.  Even more on a rainy day.  Princess got my waterproof mascara out of my purse while I was picking out vitamins and applied it all over her eyebrows.  I tried hand soap and water in the bathroom but it wasn't coming off so she shopped at Sprouts with us sporting the Marilyn Manson look.  Which reminds me, as a mother I am not a fan of Sprout's shopping carts.  They are a little top heavy.  Tractor learned the laws of physics the hard way - which is a him lying between the floor and a Sprouts shopping cart a few weeks ago :/ 

So anyways, back to the muffins.  They are delicious and the kids think so too!  The best thing about them is that they have all 6 food groups (yes, even that seldom know dark chocolate group ;) with no sugar or other yucky stuff.  They have whole grain, fruit, veggies, calcium, protein and a tiny bit of dark chocolate.  A mom couldn't ask for more out of a muffin and the kids can't stop asking for them!  I like to freeze and pull them out as I need the night before.
Breakfast Mini Muffins
Prep Time: 20 min  Bake Time: 17 min  Yield: about 48 mini muffins

1 1/2 cup (give or take) of grated zucchini (I peel them and use my blender)
1 cup (give or take) smashed ripe bananas
6 Tbs raw honey
1 egg
1/4 cup applesauce
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil (be sure to use the good stuff)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or whole grain gluten free flour mix
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 Tbs hemp seeds
dark chocolate chips or just small pieces off a bar (I use the darkest I can find, usually 88%) 
Optional: 1/2 tsp ginger, nutmeg and/or allspice (it all depends on your personal tastes), can also add 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder accompanied with 1/4 cup extra applesauce to up the protein

1) Mix zucchini and bananas to make about 2 1/2 cups, a few banana lumps are ok & preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Add honey and egg.
3) Mix in applesauce, oil and vanilla.
4) In a separate bowl mix together all of the other ingredients except the chocolate and then add to the wet ingredients.
5) Sometimes the muffins stick a little to the muffin papers so butter or oil if you would like.  Fill the muffin papers 3/4 full and push a small piece of chocolate or one chip into the center of each muffin.
6) Cook for 17-20 minutes depending on your oven & preference. 
 Cool & Enjoy!

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