I think about Mother's Day a little differently than most people. To me, Mother's Day is more of a celebration of the men in my little family than it is about me. Really, without them, I wouldn't be a mother, right? So, I enjoy making Mother's Day a special day for all of us. Sure, I love being taken care of as much as the next person, but nothing warms my heart more than doing something special for my guys. Mother's Day is a day that I either bake for my guys or we take some time to bake together. Since the kitchen is my favorite place to be, this is naturally where I choose to spend my special day.
Nothing starts my day off better than baking a fresh batch of muffins for my guys. I love how excited they get when they wake up to the sweet smell of something being baked for them to enjoy for breakfast. Being the health nut that I am, though, I have to incorporate some healthier muffins loaded with veggies. Zucchini muffins are a favorite around here and with the summer bounty of zucchini coming up, I wanted to share our favorite use for all the garden goodness that's ahead. These are light and fluffy with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and a little extra sweetness from the sugar sprinkled on top. I assure you, your family will love these as much as mine does.
Happy Mother's Day!
Gluten and Dairy Free Zucchini Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/3 cup Dairy Free Butter or Coconut Oil, softened
- 1/2 cup Egg Whites or 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Dairy Free Milk
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 dropper Vanilla Stevia (I used NuNaturals) (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar)
- 1 cup Shredded Zucchini
- 4 tsp Bob's Red Mill Turbinado Sugar (for topping)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Like muffin pan with liners or spray with oil.
In a large bowl, combine the flour through salt and mix well. Mix together the egg whites, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and stevia. Add the liquid mixture and butter to the dry mixture and stir just until combined. Then add the zucchini until mixed in evenly. Divide the batter into the prepared muffin tin, sprinkle each muffin with 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar, and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Sarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition, and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef, Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non-Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.