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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

'Cleaned up' Sweet Potato & Zucchini Muffins

I have made a sweet potato/zucchini bread now for about 2 years but decided it was time to 'clean it up'. Use less oil, cut down on the white flour, no white sugar and add some more nutrients. So, applesauce, flax, and agave are utilized as well as whole wheat flour.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 salt
2/3 cup agave nectar, light
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce, no sugar added
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup grated zucchini
1 1/4 cup peeled and grated sweet potato
2 tablespoon ground flax seed

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray muffin tin with baking spray.
3. Sift first six ingredients together in large bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, beat nectar, sugar, oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla until combined.
5. Mix grated potato and zucchini into wet ingredients (after grating, cut strips for shorter pieces)
6. Add dry ingredients to wet and fold to combine.
7. Fill muffin pan-makes about 15 muffins or just overfill one pan to make 12.


Meg said...

YUM! I love that you used agave nectar. These are fabulous.

I got your comment about the contest and e-mailed you.

smallkitchenbigideas said...

Great looking muffins.

Lately I've been replacing 1/2 to all of the all purpose flour in my baking with whole wheat flour. Generally I haven't noticed a difference in taste. Sometimes the color is a little different but not unappetizing.

Jo said...

Wow, what great combinations you've pulled together. Sounds really delicious.

Maria said...

I love muffins, a great breakfast treat! These look wonderful!

The Duo Dishes said...

Sweet potatoes are a fave. They never disappoint. Plus, they add a little natural sugar and moisture to the muffins, so these have to taste really great.

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious muffins - delicious with sweet potatoes and zucchini! Great job!

Annie said...

Sounds like a great combo. And another great recipe using agave nectar. Thanks for the info and ideas in your emails. I am definately buying some on my next shopping trip to whole foods!

hintonrae said...

This looks like a great recipe--I'm always on the look-out for good, "clean" recipes that are full of flavor for the kids and husband (you know how you have to drag them kicking and screaming at times...)I'm looking forward to following your blog.

Lori :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

So many recipes of mine need to be cleaned up. You did a tremendous job with the muffins. I love the sweetpotatoes in them

Reeni♥ said...

You did a great job of making them healthy but still delicious!!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of combining zucchini and sweet potatoes in a muffin!

Cheryl said...

I am always looking for healthy recipes with "real food".
I will try out these muffins! Thank you!

finsmom said...

I am always on the lookout for a healthy muffin recipe. These look great! Thanks for sharing!

Sugar said...

Oh God, I LOVE you for cleaning that up! I totally have been switching out flax seed for butter and oil and all my food tastes great! I even used it in my meat loaf recently. The family RAVED! There's just something about that flax!

And I'm more of a brown sugar in the raw kinda girl, too. ;)

Kelly said...

I'm big on agave as well. If I could find a way to successfully switch to that over regular sugar, I probably would. Cant wait to try these! I'm going to try pairing them with one of my ice cream experiments...any suggestions?

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