Healthy Recipe: Zucchini Muffins

Recommended by Krista Kohls, RD, CD, Meriter Registered Dietitian

Makes: 24 delicious muffins
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup natural/unsweetened applesauce
1 cup sugar or honey
3 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 cups grated zucchini
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup dates, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Spray muffin cups with vegetable oil spray or use muffin liners.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3. Beat eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in zucchini, nuts and dates until well combined. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the 24 muffin cups.
4. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and cool completely.

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