This weekend I posted an INSTAGRAM video demonstrating how to “process” fresh zucchini in a food processor. It was my highest “liked” video to date!! This is the time of year for zucchini! And there’s nothing better in baked goods to give that dense quality. Those of us who are gluten free know that extra dense and rich GF baked goods are hard to come by. That’s why this recipe has been my “GO TO” recipe for years. I am so happy to have the chance to share it with you. For those who are watching their FAT grams – you can substitute the coconut oil for coconut yogurt and still have great results. Check out my recipe tips – gathered from years of making this recipe!!
Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix First In A MEDIUM BOWL
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup pure organic cane sugar OR coconut sugar OR Monk fruit sugar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquefied but not hot
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose baking flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
HAND MIX INTO MUFFIN BOWL
1 1/2 cups zucchini, grated
1/2 cups golden raisins
1/2 cups raw walnuts, chopped
Step 1: Using a food processor, process chunks of zucchini until they appear shredded – but not pulverized. Put into strainer and set aside so it will drain.
Step 2: Blend wet ingredients in a medium size bowl.
Step 3: Using a sifter, add in Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix dry ingredients are incorporated into wet. Do not over mix.
Step 4: Stir in zucchini, golden raisins and walnuts.
Step 5: Spoon the batter into muffin tins. Bake for 12-18 minutes- time to bake will depend on how big you make them. Tops should be a little brown.
PREPARE FOR SUCCESS TIP:
*** Kids may not like the zucchini green flakes. You can peel the zucchini before you process it.
***If the zucchini is super fresh you may have to bake these muffins for an extra 5-7 minutes (because of the added moisture). Keep checking with a toothpick.
*** Refrigerate after they are cool.
*** You can also substitute carrots for the zucchini – delicious!!!!
***Individually package for convenience – great treat before a cardio work-out.
Yes, the holidays are here. I’ve got two parties on the calendar coming up! And, I’m excited about the treats and foods that will be there. We’ve all heard about the “5 -15 pounds” people gain over the Holidays and read or heard much advice about how to prevent this. The one piece of advice I’ve always hated is to EAT BEFORE you go to a party so you won’t overindulge. The reason I don’t like this advice is two-fold. First, what if it’s my party people are coming to, and I’ve worked for days to create food for my guests, and no one eats it! Ugh, I can’t think of a bigger slap in the face to your hostess. The second reason I dislike this advice is that it suggests you have no willpower. Really, are you the type of person who just clears a place for yourself right at the buffet table? Grant it, those little pigs in the blanket might be hard to resist, but it’s not the party food that’s going to bring on the extra weight. It’s the snacking, extra sweets and extra empty calories that find it’s way into your diet during this time of year. So, I recommend a FULL HOLIDAY strategy to REDUCE your chances for gaining extra holiday weight.
- Don’t buy candy for your house or your office. The little handfuls throughout the day add up in calories and will mess with your blood sugar levels. Making you more tired and susceptible to mood swings and breaks down your immune system.
- Take Crave after every sugary snack you do indulge in. Crave has 2 different fibers which will lower the glycemic value of anything you have consumed. This is super important for managing blood sugar levels and your body’s natural instinct to store fat.
- Have a smoothie ready in the fridge for those times you have a little hunger and need to make it to the next meal. The right kind of smoothie won’t have more then 200 calories and will be easily digestible. I recommend a scoop of Liv Pro15, handful of spinach, frozen berries, a squirt of Flax seed oil.
- For those who really struggle with extra sugar cravings I highly recommend the SXinney Mist! Spray if after every meal and snack. You’ll discover you won’t desire sugar as much and the adaptogenic herbs in Sxinney Mist will start to help you feel more in control.
When people start a new lifestyle or look to enhance the healthy life they are enjoying, they may have some misinformation about certain foods. Avocados tend to get a bad rap because of the amount of fat they have. But, the good news is, the fat avocados offer is considered a healthy fat – called monounsaturated fat! The next thing people worry about is the amount of calories in an avocado – 400 total calories for a medium size Avocado. I see this as a good thing. When you’re adding more fruits and vegetables to your lifestyle, the biggest complaint this that they never feel full. I coach people to add in the healthy fats – and this is where avocado’s can make a big difference to your feeling of fullness and satisfaction.
I am one of those whole food educators who believe that avocados have it all! High nutritional value, dense calories full of brain friendly fat! The thing I love about Avocados are there versatility. It’s not just for guacamole! One of the best ways to alklaine your body is to add avocados to your meals – here’s a few recipes you can make in under 10 minutes –
Avocado, scooped out of the shell and then cubed.
Toss and enjoy!!!
Orange, peeled and sliced
Kiwi, skin removed and chopped
Avocado, scooped out of the shell and then cubed
Sprinkle with a little salt
Toss and enjoy!!!