Sunday, July 31, 2011

1 Zucchini, 2 Zucchini, 3 Zucchini, 4.......

Ahhhhh....the illustrious zucchini.  The vegetable that is taking over all gardens at this time of year.  I tried to think ahead and have only two zucchini plants in my garden this year.  Those two plants are proving to be very hardy and providing this family with more than we can eat, bake, grill, etc......

So this afternoon I took a tried and true recipe and adjusted it a lot just a bit to include zucchini. 

My family asked me what was in the muffins and I didn't tell them, because I am crafty like that.  They ate them anyway and declared them to be quite good.  I hope you have the same luck. 


Zucchini Apple Muffins

1 cup sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 shakes from a nutmeg container (my official measurement)
1 tart apple, finely chopped with the peel left on
2 cups shredded zucchini (squeeze out all liquid on paper towels)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla (make your own, it's better that way)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until well blended.  Stir in oil, eggs, vanilla, and pecans.  Blend well and add zucchini and apples and mix until well combined.  Scoop batter into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Serve warm with copious amounts of real butter.

Enjoy

29 comments:

  1. good idea. we too are being taken over by the zucchini plant. i have chopped it up tiny and put it in homeade salsa and we also tempura batter it and fry it(healthy i know). i'll have to make the muffins though they sound really good. thanks for the recipe!

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  2. These sound delicious! I just might have try them out.

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  3. Our zucchini have just started coming on, hopefully we will have enough to have some fun with and try new recipes like your yummy muffins. I bet it would be a great treat for the kids in the fall too! Thanks!

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  4. I have found the secret to zucchini gardening. Zucchinis planted: zero. Zucchinis received as gifts: six and counting. Return on investment: infinite.

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  5. Those muffins look yummers.. I have a great zucchini bread recipe that uses Mapleine... let me know if you want me to send it to you. But I have no zucchini! Wah!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Why not? theres zucchini bread,so I bet your muffins were excellent!

    Now, if they just wont notice the zucchini flavored toothpaste in the bathroom...LOL!

    Those things are prolific plants - how can one tiny seed cause so much harvest panic in one household :D is beyond comprehension, but it happens...every year lol!

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  7. Mom would be happy with your recipe, she tried to feed zucchini to me and to my little brother since we were kids, with no success...

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  8. The muffins sound wonderful. Nice change from Zucchini Bread. I have decided not to grow zucchini next year because my friends and neighbors give me way more than I can freeze, bake or think of any way to use.

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  9. My zucchini is played out now, but I'm glad, because I was seriously getting sick of it ;-)

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  10. Yum..my hubby is trying to stay gluten free and I really miss baking...just not the same with the kind of flours you have to use for gluten free...oh well..doesn't hurt me not to have those copius amounts of butter!

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  11. Our neighbor gives us zucchini each year and we end up making something delicious out of it. I think the muffins are best.

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  12. Those sound really good!
    We aren't doing too bad in with zucchini..this year it was green beans everywhere.

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  13. Love your sneaky ways. I made a chocolate zucchini cake last year with caramel sauce. It was fabulous and definitely will try these muffins!

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  14. Delish! I add chocolate chips to my my muffin recipe and really make it Bad to the Bone!!

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  15. Yum, I'm going to have to look in to this making one's own vanilla. I've seen it mentioned several times in blogs, so I may just have to get brave and try it!

    Believe it or not, my garden won't grow zucchini, so I have to go out and find my own. It's something in the soil that my farmer hasn't had time to address. Enjoy!

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  16. Time to get my zucchini bread recipe out I guess. They'll be EVERYWHERE soon.

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  17. Bet they were good and good for you too.

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  18. Yum! We add zucchini to anything and everything at this time of year, too. No garden for us :( but our friends and family are happy to share the wealth. It's been a good year for a lot of gardens after a slow start in June, July has had a lot of heat and plenty of rain. You can practically see the corn growing!

    Thanks for the recipe, I'll give it a try when I get my first zucchini!

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  19. I have never tasted zucchini before,unless my Mom was crafty like you!!

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  20. Love it! Our zucchini are not ready yet in our garden, but I can't wait for them!

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  21. I wish my wife had this recipe a few years back when my mom had a bumper crop of zucchini and Frankie tried to put us on a nothin' but zucchini bread (one recipe) until they're all used up diet! I was tossing zucchini in the neighbor's shrubs when nobody was looking!

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  22. Joycee - I might just have to try the chocolate chip idea.

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  23. Jack - I think you have the real plan going on there!

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  24. Those sound really good. I also like squash (or zucchini) bread. I have been posting squash recipes on my blog, too. I also have been getting a little tired of squash.

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  25. I'm gonna try this recipe for sure. I am so sick of making zuchinni bread and chocolate pudding zuchinni muffins! Shoot, I've even been shredding it, measuring it out and freezing it for baking later.

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