I had an amazing time at our local state park today. There was so much walking and climbing involved – the dogs even got a chance to swim a bit! Here’s a picture of my furkids from today:
It really makes you feel more alive when you get out of the house and go see something new! It also make you hungry – which is what I’m really getting at here! I had no idea how hungry I was until we got back to the car and started making our way back home. I had my usual thoughts about stopping at Dunkin Donuts because I seriously run on Dunkin. Alas, I am trying to make the life of my boyfriend and I a more healthy one so I opted to skip the Dunkin today and make something at home instead. We had a zucchini in the fridge still that was picked from the garden a couple days ago and a couple bananas that were going to soon be too soft. Why let good food go to waste, right? The thing I love most about bananas and zucchini is that they can be added to SO many things and not affect the flavor negatively. You name it – cake, bread, cookies, MUFFINS!
Banana, Zucchini & Oats Muffins
Makes 12 Muffins
- 2 Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 1 Medium Zucchini / Squash
- 1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP Ground Nutmeg
- 1 TSP Baking Soda
- 1 C Flour (I used Better for Bread Flour)
- 1 C Oats (Quaker Quick Cooking Oats)
- 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Cooking Spray (I always use my coconut cooking spray from Trader Joe’s!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas as much as possible. Finely chop/grate the zucchini and add to the bowl with the bananas and mix well. Next, add in the eggs, sugar & vanilla and mix well. In another bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg – being sure to mix ingredients together well. Slowly add in the dry mix to the medium bowl and mix(dumping it all at once can cause more problems than adding it slowly and mixing!). Fill greased muffin pan with mix and bake for 20-25 minutes.
– You can add 1/4 C chocolate chips or walnuts for even more yum!
– Try using 1/2 C Agave Nectar INSTEAD of the sugar for an even more healthy snack
– Instead of pouring the batter into muffin pans try it in a small bread loaf pan. Adjust the cooking time as needed though