Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patty's Day Healthy Muffins

These need a better name. We make them a lot and I have started to realize how yummy and versatile they are. This most recent incarnation added dates and zucchini to our basic muffin recipe. We need to add a little spinach to make them green for the parade this weekend.

Audrey and Maurene love to make them in mini muffin tins because they do not usually feel like eating an entire regular-sized muffin. I decided to pull out our bunny ears tin and make a few in that adorable shape as well. In any shape, they were good.

Healthy Muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 3 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in water overnight and smashed
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix wet ingredients in another medium bowl. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Place in muffin tins and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

We found that the muffins baked in the metal tins cooked faster than those in the silicon mold. Makes sense but I just did not think about it.

Adding batter to mini muffin tins.

Maurene's turn.

I entered the ingredients into a recipe calculator and got the following information. This is based on one regular-sized muffin. Mini muffins make about 36 servings per batch:

Nutrition Facts

Zucchini Muffins
  12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat3.3 g
     Saturated Fat1.3 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat0.6 g
     Monounsaturated Fat1.1 g
  Cholesterol77.5 mg
  Sodium224.6 mg
  Potassium130.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate24.1 g
     Dietary Fiber1.9 g
     Sugars5.1 g
  Protein5.0 g
  Vitamin A5.4 %
  Vitamin B-123.3 %
  Vitamin B-64.3 %
  Vitamin C5.3 %
  Vitamin D4.1 %
  Vitamin E0.8 %
  Calcium4.3 %
  Copper3.4 %
  Folate8.7 %
  Iron7.4 %
  Magnesium4.8 %
  Manganese25.1 %
  Niacin6.6 %
  Pantothenic Acid    1.7 %
  Phosphorus    10.1 %
  Riboflavin8.9 %
  Selenium15.3 %
  Thiamin9.0 %
  Zinc4.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  2. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe at Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes! I look forward to seeing what you link up at the next party, starting on Sunday :-)


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