Recipe: Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins

I love to bake.  No, really…I do.  Just as much as I love to cook.  But baking…baking sort of gives you that extra level of difficulty.  All measurements have to be precise.  Nothing can be off.  Not even one bit.

Want to add another level of difficulty to the mix?  Try converting a recipe to gluten-free!  It’s not always as easy as it sounds.  Sometimes measurements have to change.  Sometimes other ingredients have to be added.

I had a lot of zucchini due to my CSA bin being laden with it this time of year.  I love squash and zucchini.  I love playing around with cooking it different ways.  And growing up, I was always a huge fan of zucchini bread.  No need for that chocolate stuff that gets added to it.  Nope.  The zucchini and the other ingredients can definitely speak for themselves.

So…every Saturday when I am in town, I have been meeting up with a great group of people to go running.  This gets my long run in and I am able to enjoy it with some company…and really focus on the long slow distance (LSD) pace that I am supposed to be practicing.  I’m no good at this running slower thing, but I’m learning.  It’s important to build up stamina and strength.

That being said, a great group was taking me on a 13 mile run last weekend and I wanted to supply some eats for afterwards.  I stumbled across a recipe for Zucchini Muffins in a blog called Eat, Live, Run…so it was maintained by a runner…and it sounded easy and delicious.  Plus…I had every ingredient necessary.  BONUS.  The result?  Everyone who took a muffin LOVED it.  And so…here is my adapted recipe to make it gluten-free and delicious…and, loved by runners and non-runners alike!

Recipe: Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins

Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins
Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins


Servings: 16
Time: Prep 15 minutes; Bake 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour (I used Better Batter Gluten-Free All Purpose)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups grated zucchini (about two small-medium sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or, vanilla paste)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon and sugar for topping

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the grated zucchini, eggs, vanilla and oil.  Stir well to combine and then gently stir into the flour mixture.  Be careful not to overwork this—it will lead to dense muffins!

Fill lined muffin tins about 3/4th of the way up with the batter and then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on each.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden.

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These were so moist and delicious.  I did feel, however, that the nutmeg almost overpowered the rest of the muffin, so I think next time I’ll do maybe 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  Aside from that, these were fantastic.  And they keep well too.  My roommate and I polished these off this morning after hitting up the gym and they were still as moist and delicious as they were the night I baked them.  I received a lot of praise and compliments from my running group on these muffins, so I would say they were a definite hit.

The recipe is super easy…and super delicious.  Each muffin has only 136 calories in it

A harvest of berry good flavor and texture in every bite of Udi’s Gluten-Free muffins

Special Delivery of Udi's Gluten-Free Goodies - including brand new products!
Special Delivery of Udi’s Gluten-Free Goodies – including brand new products!

A couple of weeks ago, I was the proud recipient of a box of goodies from Udi’s Gluten-Free, one of the first gluten-free companies to really wow me with their products.  This two year journey into the gluten-free world was a struggle at first, and then…I discovered the wonder of Udi’s.  First bread I liked.  First cinnamon rolls I had after going gluten-free.  First muffins that tasted like they were fresh out of the oven at a corner bakery.  Yep…I had a deep love affair with Udi’s, which continues to this very day.  I have yet to meet one of their products that I don’t love.

Case in point…

Last week, my mornings were hectic and stressful.  I was pulling extra hours at the office, trying to fit in my training runs, and still make it to the gym every other day.  It meant that cooking something for breakfast was near impossible.  I didn’t have time for that.  At all.  Thankfully, this box came along at the perfect time…and with it…brought perfect breakfast bliss.

Product: Udi’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins – $6.99+

Udi's Gluten-Free Moist & Tasty Blueberry Muffins
Udi’s Gluten-Free Moist & Tasty Blueberry Muffins

 

Back in January of last year, I blogged on the epic tastiness that are Udi’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins.  What I said back then still applies today.  And let me tell you, I have devoured the blueberry muffins on more than one occasion.  My mom tends to buy some sort of muffin from Udi’s lineup when I come home for Christmas to visit.  This past holiday…blueberry.  Yep.  Love.  Every morning was full of blueberry love.  A simple warming in the microwave and it was like it was hot out of the oven.  They are soft and moist, and you would never, ever guess that they were frozen or refrigerated prior to consumption.  That’s how good Udi’s is with these products.  That’s how much care they put into their food.  It doesn’t taste manufactured.  My favorite part of the blueberry muffins, aside from the sweet berries and moist cakey muffin part…is the crystal sugar that is dusted over the top.  It puts a little crunch into the product, which is already flavored with lemon and vanilla.  Blueberry muffin bliss…every time.  These have never disappointed.  And, as long as Udi’s keeps this tradition alive…they never will.

In my mind then…nothing could ever top the Udi’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins.

Or so…I thought.

Udi's Gluten-Free Moist & Delicious Blueberry Muffin
Udi’s Gluten-Free Moist & Tasty Blueberry Muffin
Udi's Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffins
Udi’s Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffins


Product: Udi’s Gluten-Free (NEW) Harvest Crunch Muffins – $6.99+

Enter…a new product from Udi’s Gluten-Free.

Yes…a brand new product.

What might this product be?  Well…muffins for starters, duh!

But, these were nothing like what I expected.

Enter…Udi’s Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffins.

What in the world are Harvest Crunch Muffins?  Well,  I can elaborate for you.

Udi’s Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffins are everything you want a muffin to be…and then some.  Not only do they pack a nutritious punch with each muffin, being that they are filled with healthy ingredients that are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals…but they are just sheer awesomeness baked in muffin form.  Allow me to elaborate.

Harvest Crunch Muffins are a Udi’s take on a more savory, yet still sweet, muffin, making these ideal for any time…but I devoured mine at breakfast.  And when I say devour…I mean devour.  What made them so nom-worthy?  Well, for one thing, they combine the sweetness of cranberries, with the salty (and texture-giving) pepitas (pumpkin seeds), along with sweet potato and quinoa flour.  What emerges is this rich, sweet and savory flavor that is so satisfying to the palate, you’ll find yourself digging in for more.  I hope my area gets these muffins soon (we tend to run a year behind on new products in the gluten-free market), because these were crazy-good.  Stupid-good.  Amazing.

And, as I mentioned a bit earlier…nutritious too.

A serving is one muffin.  These come in a pack of four.  And with one muffin, you are served 250 calories and 10 grams of fat.  That’s really, really good when it comes to muffins.  Regular muffins can sometimes be twice that for an entire muffin.  I am SO impressed.  In addition, you get 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein in each serving.  LOVING it.  These are also low in sodium as well.  And I love that the ingredients are all real food that I recognize and don’t need to hit up a dictionary to know what it is I am consuming.

Blueberry muffins will always be one of my favorites, but I really think Udi’s outdid itself with the texture, flavor, taste, and just sheer awesome nutritiounal powerhouse with those Harvest Crunch Muffins.  Look for them.  Buy them.  DEVOUR!!  Trust me…you won’t just eat them…you honestly will devour them.

But that’s okay…

Gluten-free goodness can still be hard to come by.  Thanks to Udi’s…it’s a given.

Udi's Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffin
Udi’s Gluten-Free Harvest Crunch Muffin