Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School Muffins-Oil Free, Vegan, Banana-Zucchini Muffins

Our Aunt Viv has been doing a lot of baking and freezing lately, preparing for the large family reunion that we have coming up over Labor Day Weekend. When she told me what she was doing, I was thinking, "Why don't I ever bake and freeze?"

Probably because there's never enough left over to have any left to freeze.

But this time I was determined. Due in part the the huge Farmer's Market zucchinis ($1.00 each) that are filling up my refrigerator and the giant mound of ripening bananas on my counter (trying desperately to get some into the freezer for smoothies and frozen banana soft serve), I decided to double batch it. So thirty six amazing muffins baked in my oven this afternoon.

I also thought that no-oil, vegan zucchini-banana muffins might make a nice addition to the three lunchboxes that I pack every day once school starts. It certainly beats a lot of other things that could make it into their lunchboxes.

How many will make it into the freezer?

With muffins this good, who knows.

Healthy Girl's No-oil Vegan Banana-Zucchini Muffins
makes 18 muffins

dry ingredients
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed (aka flax meal)
2/3 cup sucanat
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp baking spice or pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

wet ingredients
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
4 cups shredded zucchini

optional ingredient
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, place all dry ingredients. Stir with a whisk to blend.

In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Add applesauce and stir. Add shredded zucchini and stir.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir into well incorporated. Optional: add chocolate chips and stir.

Spoon into muffin tins that are sprayed lightly with cooking oil spray (probably best) or lined with cupcake liners. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

With school about to start, do you have any good, healthy, vegan ideas for kids' lunchboxes?

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