Enjoy a fall favorite with no guilt! Healthy Zucchini Muffins contain no oil, no refined sugar, and no flour. The oil and sugar are replaced with ripe bananas and the flour is replaced with whole grain oats. Zucchini, cinnamon, and mini chocolate chips give the muffins classic zucchini bread flavor.
Are you a morning person? I’m more of a night time lover myself. I tend to stay up late after getting the kids to bed. Sometimes I’m up to get some work done and sometimes I’m up just to watch trashy tv.
Luckily I have coffee and a morning loving husband to get me moving the next day. He’s kind enough to bring me a cup of coffee in bed so I can rouse myself then I tend to stumble around half awake trying to get my little people ready for school.
Easy Breakfast Choices
In my opinion, 6 a.m. is also a bad time to haul out the cast iron skillet and cook up a hot breakfast. I save that treat for the weekends. On hectic weekday mornings we are stuck with cereal, oatmeal, or other easy breakfast choices.
My kids are carb lovers and will happily devour bagels and muffins each morning. But baked goods full of white sugar and white flour leads to a mid morning energy crash… right when they should be primed and ready to learn.
Healthy Zucchini Muffins
My solution: healthy oatmeal muffins that contain no oil, no refined sugar, and no flour. I know this recipe sounds a little questionable but I promise you they are moist, delicious muffins that are full of flavor. The oil and sugar are replaced with ripe bananas and the flour is replaced with whole grain oats that are toasted and ground.
I’ve added zucchini and spices to the recipe to give these muffins classic zucchini bread flavor. I love being able to enjoy one of my fall favorites with no guilt from the oil and sugar in traditional zucchini bread recipes.
MORE HEALTHY MUFFIN RECIPES TO TRY
1 – Healthy Oatmeal Muffins – My original no flour, no sugar, no oil recipe. This basic recipe is sweetened with bananas and is easy to customize.
2 – Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins – My kids’ all-time favorite healthy oatmeal muffins recipe. Lots of CHOCOLATE flavor.
3 – Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe – Delicious pumpkin spice flavor with no flour, no sugar, no oil and no dairy… they taste like pumpkin pie.
4 – Apple Cinnamon Blender Muffins – This easy recipe mixes in the blender for no mess but lots of cinnamon apple flavor.
Healthy Zucchini Muffins Recipe
Enjoy a fall favorite with no guilt! Healthy Zucchini Muffins contain no oil, no refined sugar, and no flour. The oil and sugar are replaced with ripe bananas and the flour is replaced with whole grain oats. Zucchini, spices, and mini chocolate chips give the muffins classic zucchini bread flavor.
- 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 2-3 large bananas 1 cup mashed
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup honey can also be used
- 2.5 cups shredded zucchini peeled or unpeeled
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips, mini optional, plus 1 Tbsp for topping
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place oats on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, stirring once (about 4 to 6 minutes). Let cool to room temperature. (If you are in a hurry you can skip this step, however the toasting adds flavor!)
Reserve 1 Tbsp of oats for muffin tops. Place remaining oats in food processor and pulse until they reach a rough, flour like consistency.
Turn oven heat up to 350 degrees.
Mash bananas well, they should have no lumps. (I use my mixer to mash them before adding the other wet ingredients.) Add eggs, maple syrup, zucchini, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
Allow mixture to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This allows the oats to soften and soak up the liquids. (It should look thicker after resting.)
Optional: Fold in 1/3 c mini chocolate chips or nuts.
Scoop into muffin tin (greased or lined with muffin wrappers). The muffins should be about 7/8 full, recipe makes 14 muffins.
Sprinkle muffin tops with the 1 Tbsp of reserved oats and 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (if using), press lightly to make sure they stick.
Bake at 350 for 35 -45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean.
Note: These muffins are very moist, if necessary you can cut one open and check to make sure they are baked through. If tops are getting too darkyou can lay a sheet of foil on top to prevent over browning.
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