ZUCCHINI, ORANGE, AND SPICE MUFFINS

Here is a recipe that I actually found in a cookbook titled Top 100 Finger Foods, by Annabel Karmel. Now I know you're thinking finger foods hmmmm? Well, in fact this recipe book is geared towards well little kids (i.e. meaning older babies, and toddlers). I recently purchased this book so I could make some kid friendly meals for my little girl who is nearly one year old (how fast time flies...) To make the long story short, I baked these mini muffins and of course mommy took the first bite, and my eyes lit up. I just knew my little girl would love them, and I knew that my husband would also love them just as much. My little girl was all smiles after trying these. Hey, kids don't lie! They definitely know what they like and don't like. I never thought I would be posting a recipe from a finger foods recipe book but here I am doing it now for you all. Enjoy these with either a cold glass of milk or for us adults enjoy these with a warm cup of coffee.

Adapted from the "Zucchini, Orange, and Spice Muffins" recipe in the Top 100 Finger Foods cookbook. Written by: Annabel Karmel

Makes 24 mini muffins or 12 regular muffins or 1 square (9") baking pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Baking time: 12-14 minutes for mini muffins, 22-25 minutes for other

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice or (substitute: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground cloves)
  • 1 medium orange, finely grated zest
  • 7 tbsps orange juice
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 small zucchini, finely grated

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line the muffin pans or the square baking pan with paper cups or parchment paper. Set aside for now.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spices. In another bowl, combine the orange zest, orange juice, butter or oil, egg, and brown sugar. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture. Stir to combine. Gently, fold in the grated zucchini.

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans or baking pan. Place it into the oven to bake for 12-14 minutes for mini muffins, or 22-25 minutes for regular muffins. Bake until firm to the touch. Let it cool before eating, especially if you're giving these to your little ones.

Cook's Tip: Store these in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The fresh zucchini will spoil the muffins if kept any longer.




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