Think ~ Zucchini Muffins

Today is my Think Food Thursday ~

A yummy recipe, a favorite food, a helpful food tip ~ shared from my kitchen to yours!  I am definitely an amateur chef  =)  (hardly a chef but I like the title!!) But hey ~ I have a few yummy recipes and tips up my sleeve! Remember my rule breaking post?  Well… remember I rarely follow a recipe ~ I change them ~ attempting to add my own heart healthy flare to it!  I will only share my successful attempts ~ promise!!  One day when I am more organized ~ I will shout out all the delicious food recipes you shared with me ~ with your permission of course!!  I love food! and photographs!! Hope you don’t mind the pictures ~ I am a hands on learner ~ I watched The Pioneer Woman on TV cooking ~ and learned she does this in her cookbook ~ the picture thing ~ honest I am not a copycat ~  I had no idea until yesterday!!  Its a good thing to be like her~ right!!  Besides ~ she is a WAY better cook than I!  I need to go buy her cookbook!!  anywho ~ hope the picture cooking doesn’t bug y’all!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins!

What ya Need ~ sorry the Monkey pot holder is MINE!

1 3/4  cup All Purpose Whole White Wheat Flour

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (trader joes)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups Zucchini shredded

1/4 cup oil

(I used Lighter Bake – prunes & applesauce)

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla extract

1/3 Cup finely chopped nuts

Directions:  Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, mix them together, bake and eat!  LOL!

Muffins baked at 355 for 12-15 minutes.

Mini Loaf baked at 355 for 15-20 minutes?

Last Minute M&M’s are optional!  The baby M&M’s make my kids smile when I offer muffins!!  =)

some of y’all caught me trying to sneak those in to not take away from the ‘heart healthy’ – ish – ness of them!!  ha ha!


Ready for the picture tutorial?

I like to chop my zucchini in my hand chopper thing?! 3 smallish zucchini's.

3o seconds later… viola!

Mix dry ingredients ~ My secret mixing spoon - a pastry blender! Love it!

If your kids are like mine ~ you “hide” nuts in your baking!!

remember the hand blender chopper thing ~ I blended pecans & almonds first ~ forgot to capture it on film!

Wet ingredients ~ horrible picture ~ sigh! sorry!

Stir wet and dry ingredients together.

I currently use Wilton cups... they work ... the jury is still out on "loving" them?!

12 muffins and just enough for a mini loaf! Yummy!

The baked goods!

This cracked me up ~ after I checked to see if it was done! So I did it to all of them! LOL!

creepy little face muffins looking at me ~ I might bite their heads off if they keep staring at me!

Seriously, they still crack me up! That was not planned!! The judges had a hard time taking a bite =)

The Judges give them a thumbs up ~ my picky eaters like them ~ that makes the mommy happy!

Happy Baking Everyone! Hope your judges like them!

Just Jenn~

ONE day I will post before 8 am East Coast time … really … I will!!  Right now I am happy to post once a day during the week!  Weekends are family fun ~ so those days are hit and miss!

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