Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pink Zucchini Muffins #SundaySupper

It looks as good as it tastes.

It is officially football season here in Lawrence. Saturday was the KU Band Day Parade which the girls always enjoy. That is about the extent of our football exposure, other than #SundaySupper Tailgating. We thought since we were not big into real tailgating we would bring a fun yet different dessert for #SundaySupper.

Saturday we went to the Farmers Market after the parade and picked up some yellow zucchini for our favorite Zucchini Muffins. I usually tell the girls we are making cupcakes because they have the same shape. Our muffin recipe is low sugar and fat so it is much healthier than a regular cupcake.

Zucchini Muffins (Pink, this time)
  • 2 cups flour (All-purpose, Whole Wheat or combo)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup liquid (milk for this recipe, juice can add sweetness)
  • 1/4 butter, melted (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
In a large bowl stir flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix egg, liquid, butter, sugar, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and fold together. If you want to color your batter add puree now. We like to make the batter pink with 2 to 3 tbsp of beet puree. Add zucchini and stir until just combined. 

Scoop batter into 12 greased or lined muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and then add topping of your liking. A store bought frosting really does not go well with this recipe so we whipped up a simple yet yummy topping out of cream cheese, yogurt, and honey. A little beet puree adds pink color.

Mo is so curious.

Mo finally gets to help.

These are not a terribly sweet tasting treat but they are a great addition to a fun meal. We like to have them after dinner anytime. 

Audrey and Mo's Tasks:
  1. Shred zucchini
  2. Help gather ingredients
  3. Add ingredients and mix
  4. Fill tins
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Measure and put everything Mise en Place
  3. Bake and cool
  4. Mix topping and place on muffins
We may not be much for Tailgating but many around the #SundaySupper team are. They have a great lineup of recipes to get you through football season. What will you make?

Join us as we share our favorite tailgate recipes and tips. Hop on twitter at 7pm EST for the live #SundaySupper chat.
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41 comments:

  1. I love how your girls are always helping you! The muffins look great!

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    1. They get in the way whether I have them help or not. It was all I could do to get them to stand back while I gathered supplies.

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  2. I love zucchini bread and muffins. The pretty pink frosting on top is great too!

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    1. I always enjoyed it growing up. This recipe is a little less sweet but still hits the spot.

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  3. A pink zucchini bread, what a great way to feed veggies to the kids! Happy sunday!

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    1. They request pink for everything; eggs, pancakes, muffins are the favorites.

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  4. "Sweet" post - the pink zucchini muffin and your two wonderful girls. Love the idea of using zucchini. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Zucchini is the most versatile veggie. We like it raw on salad, shredded in breads, and sauteed as a side.

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    1. I agree. We had extra shredded zucchini so I topped our salad with it. The pretty yellow ones were too cute to pass up.

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  6. The pink frosting is the perfect touch! Thanks for sharing this great recipe during #sundaysupper

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    1. We keep beet puree around all the time. This batch was not as well cooked so it left a few specks in the topping we don't usually have.

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  7. I love zucchini bread/muffins! I have to admit, I was a picky kid who wouldn't touch anything called "zucchini" when I was younger, but nowadays I'm obsessed! Love how your kids are helping you out - such a fun time together!

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    1. I am hoping since it is something we use all the time they do not ever go through the dislike of zucchini stage. I went through it as well.

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  8. Your girls are just to adorable! I like that you made this muffin healthier and not too sweet (I actually decrease the amount of sugar in most of the recipes I bake with because I don't like my baked goods TOO sweet). I've never made zucchini bread/muffins but have been wanting to start. Thanks for this great recipe!

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    1. This recipe is so easy it is the perfect place to start. Use a soft whole wheat pastry flour or a white whole wheat to make it even more amazing yet healthy.

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  9. Clever! Love the addition of beet puree to tint too

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    1. It is so easy to color without adding flavor since beet is a vibrant color. We puree the cooked beet and pop it into ice cube trays to freeze. Then pop them into a freezer bag for use anytime.

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  10. I love all of the healthy things in these! And I look forward to your girls every week!

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    1. I left two aside for breakfast because they were so yummy and healthy. The girls thought they got a special treat!

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  11. These sounds so delicious! We will have to give them a try :)

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    1. I like them plain with no topping but anything you add will just make them yummier.

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  12. I have always loved zucchini muffins for a morning treat, and these look amazing, I love the idea of making a frosting with cream cheese, yoghurt and honey. :)

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  13. As my nieces t-shirt said: muffins are just ugly cupcakes. lol...but you prettied them up! I'm a pink fan, so it works for me!

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  14. The zucchini muffins are adorable and I bet tasty too! A delicious tailgating treat! See you at #SundaySupper!

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  15. The kids are such cute little helpers! And the muffins look yummy!

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  16. Your kiddos are adorable and I love how they help you. Terrific muffins!

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  17. Another awesome recipe by my favorite #SundaySupper girls!

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  18. I just love how into the process your girls always are! These muffins sound delicious...and with frosting - who could resist!? (not I...)

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  19. Love it. I am looking forward to seeing the kids every week!!

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  20. The topping makes these extra special!!! I adore zucchini muffins! Happy #SundaySupper~

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  21. Love you breaking out the directions for the kids! I think we may be making these soon in our house! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I love baking with zucchini. These muffins look amazing. Wish I had zucchini, because I didn't get a chance to bake any muffins this year :(

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  23. These look great, I will totally make these for my girls :)

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  24. Yum! Zucchini cupcakes with frosting? I'm so excited for this recipe. Definitely a must try. Happy #SS!

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  25. Ha ha ! you could have fooled me that there was Zucchini inside with the pink frosting ! Neat touch to a healthy recipes and I always love seeing your kids cook :)

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  26. Love this idea. I won't feel so bad about eating a cupcakes because it has veggies in it and it's good for you.

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  27. I KNOW these are so good! Great way to get those veggies in!

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  28. Oh I'm going to make this so soon and give it to my kids!!!Such a lovely recipe and healthy too. :)Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. What a great way to sneak in some veggies! The kids would be all over this.

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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