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Zucchini-Currant Muffins

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a nice weekend – ours was lovely, but brief; Beloved had to fly to California on business yesterday morning.

Since he had to leave so early (we were at the airport at 9:30 a.m.), we were up at 4:45 just so we could spend a little quiet time together, especially since we’d had The G Man most of Saturday and kept him overnight.  Knowing that Beloved was facing a very long day and would probably not get to eat until much later, I decided to make him a great big breakfast, which included this very delicious treat.

I really think I’m getting this grain-free baking thing down, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  Good because the baked goods coming out of my oven are simply delicious, and bad because the baked goods coming out of my oven are simply delicious.   Grain-free or not, too many baked goods are not necessarily, well, good.

Did any of that make sense?

And then there’s the fact that The Young One has been pestering me to make chicken and dumplings which, yeah, I think I can do grain-free.  In fact, I’m positive I can.

We’re screwed.

Anyhoo, this recipe was a direct result of having more zucchini in my refrigerator than we could possibly hope to eat, plus I have some dried currants (no added sugar, no sulfites) on hand that I’d purchased some time ago and haven’t done much with, aside from add them to salads.  I just love currants, but if you don’t you can certainly leave them out, or substitute raisins if you’d prefer.

The best thing about these muffins, though, is the incredibly moist texture; often grain-free baked goods will dry out if you overbake them even a little or leave them out too long to cool.  Not these babies, though – in fact, I had to bake them a bit longer than normal for muffins to keep them from being too mushy, which is why I suggest cooling them completely before eating in the recipe.  I’m giving the zucchini full credit for this, and may add it to future recipes in small quantities just for that reason alone.

By the way, The G Man loved these.  Of course, I told him it was cake, but still – he loved them.

Zucchini-Currant Muffins

Zucchini-Currant Muffins

5.0 from 2 reviews

Zucchini-Currant Muffins
 
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons potato flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup ghee or clarified butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Generously grease the cups of a standard muffin tin (12 muffins).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, salt, baking soda, coconut sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the eggs, ghee, coconut milk and vanilla until well blended. In three additions, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing on low and scraping down the bowl between each addition, until the batter is smooth. Stir in the zucchini and currants.
  4. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes; remove the muffins and allow to cool completely before serving.
  6. Nutrition (per serving): 165 calories, 11.4g total fat, 60.1mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 171.2mg potassium, 12g carbohydrates, 1.6g fiber, 7.6g sugar, 2.1g protein

 


11 comments

Hm, I believe my friend has some zucchini in her garden almost ready to pick. She offered me some. Looks like we’ll be doing more with zucchini this weekend than just grilling it. :-)

Be says:

These were excellent, and yes, you have masters the Gluten/Grain free baking. I guess you just can’t hold back those bakery roots. But still, this is only 12 grams of carbs and in moderation can work into most diets. Of course, the problem is stopping after the first half dozen.

I’ll miss you dear!

Alex says:

Mmmm, a perfect departing present! I can’t wait until our zucchini start growing at our little farm again! …though I should probably use them for savory and not for sweet purposes…PROBABLY… ; )

These sound delicious! Me? I have way too many plums. My CSA box was overloaded with plums this week! : )

Just now I’m guessing everyne has more zucchini in their fridge than they could possibly hope to eat… so a muffin recipe sounds good.

Those DO look like ‘cake’! :) I’m totally tucking this recipe away for the coming days when I just know my neighbor will be gifting me with her overages of zucchini from her garden – thank goodness we have a nice neighbor on one side or I would have gone insane by now. ;)

Michele says:

I’m not usually a muffin fan but I’d eat that.

Lisa says:

Mmmm. Can I use chocolate chips instead of currents? You know, for “cake?” :)

Jan says:

That actually sounds really, really good!

sarah says:

do you think I could sub more tapioca for the potato flour?

Jan says:

Yes, but it might make them a little more “gummy” – the zucchini seems to have that affect on the tapioca; perhaps you should just use more almond flour instead. I use potato flour because it gives them a nicer texture and helps absorb some of the liquid the zucchini exudes, but I know a lot of paleo people don’t “do” white potatoes, so adjust the recipe to your liking.

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