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Healthy baking: Zucchini applesauce oat muffins

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Healthy ingredients including zucchini, applesauce and Greek yogurt make these muffins incredibly soft and moist without the use of oil or butter. They’re a great way to use the last of the fresh summer squash, and the addition of applesauce and a touch of cinnamon give them a wonderful fall flavor.

Other tweaks such as using ground oats instead of flour help increase the health benefits of these tasty muffins. The oats add plenty of fiber and minerals that are beneficial even if you don’t have any issues with wheat flour. And the use of raw honey along with the natural sweetness from the applesauce, zucchini and raisins allows you to cut down on the use of white sugar.

Eat your muffins at room temperature or heat in the toaster and serve with a bit of butter or a drizzle of honey. Pair with a cup of coffee or your favorite tea on a relaxing weekend morning, or make a batch of these muffins on Sunday for a healthy on-the-go breakfast that will last the entire week. Simply refrigerate in an air-tight container until ready to serve.

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup Greek non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (1 medium-sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with spray or butter.
  • Using a food processor, grind oats until fine. They should have the consistency of flour.
  • Add all other ingredients except raisins, and pulse until the batter has a smooth consistency. (Stir in grated zucchini if you like more texture, or want more of the green color.)
  • Stir in raisins to distribute evenly.
  • Distribute batter evenly in the muffin tin.
  • Bake 20 minutes, or until the tops gently bounce back when touched and a toothpick comes out of center of a muffin clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edges of each muffin to remove from tray.

Nutrition information: 139 calories, 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of iron.

Shopping tip: If you live in the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area, Giant on Street Road sells raisins in the bulk aisle. This can be a great way to save money since you’re able to buy exactly the amount you want for a recipe.

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