St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty big deal here in Jackson. There’s a big parade, featuring a phenomenon called Sweet Potato Queens, which I won’t even try to explain, especially because being a newcomer I don’t really understand it myself. Suffice it to say that there are a lot of big-haired, gaudily-clad women with artificially enhanced chests parading through the streets. I mean bigger hair and more gaudy and enhanced than usual! Here’s a shot of a few ladies who weren’t even part of the parade:
Since we were planning on being at the parade during lunchtime, I knew I needed to get a hearty breakfast into my two girls (E. plus a spare), and since one of the two isn’t a vegetarian (her favorite breakfast is bacon) I figured I’d probably better stick to sweeter breakfast foods. So, to honor the day, I made muffins with a “secret St. Patrick’s Day fruit.” Yes, they figured out that zucchini is really a fruit, but by that time they were happily chowing down on these lemony muffins with cinnamon crumb toppings.
St. Patrick's Day Zucchini Muffins
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/4 cup shredded zucchini packed
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
- 1 1/4 cups fat-free soymilk or other non-dairy milk
Optional Cinnamon Crumb Topping:
- 1 teaspoon margarine or apple sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon demerara sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone liners or spray with non-stick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk the Ener-G egg replacer powder with the water until foamy. Add the remaining wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined. Do not over-stir. Batter will be very heavy. Spoon into muffin cups, dividing batter equally among the cups. Combine the topping ingredients with a fork until crumbly, and sprinkle the center of each muffin with a little topping, if desired. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin without optional ingredients contains 126 Calories (kcal); trace Total Fat; (2% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 241mg Sodium; 3g Fiber.
With walnuts but without topping, each contains 142 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (11% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 241mg Sodium; 3g Fiber.
With walnuts and topping: 148 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (12% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 245mg Sodium; 3g Fiber.
As a special tribute to St. Patrick’s Day (and to get my daughter and her friend to try the muffins) I sprinkled some of them with green sugar. It worked!