Zucchini Cranberry-Nut Muffins

Zucchini Cranberry- Nut Muffins

This year is the first year I have planted zucchini; I really don’t have room in my garden but I found a spot and plopped in one plant. It grew quickly with all of the rain that we have had and sprouted many yellow flowers. After watching and waiting I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful bright green squash had been born – and it grew so quickly! I decided it was time to pluck this beauty before it got too big. Now I pondered, just what to do with just one zucchini? Not enough for a casserole or a quiche. It must be meant to be a muffin. And so it was. These moist, tasty gems are great for snacking, for breakfast or as an accompaniment to dinner.

Zucchini Cranberry-Nut Muffins

Makes 12

1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cups sugar
1 large or 2 small zucchini grated and well drained (1 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Beat egg lightly in a large bowl. Stir in applesauce, sugar, zucchini and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into egg mixture until well blended; stir in cranberries and nuts. Spray each cup of a 12 cup muffin pan with Pam. Use a standard size ice cream scoop to fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, using a toothpick to test for doneness. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turnout onto a wire rack to finish cooling. 11700551_10204390571064012_4335858958550328781_oZuc muf 2

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Healthy Homemade Granola

Homemade  Granola

I start every weekday morning with greek yogurt and fresh berries topped with this sweet, crunchy, healthy granola. It fills me up and helps me maintain a healthy weight. Full of wholesome ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make and so delicious. I make a fresh batch every weekend so I always have it on hand. Use different types of dried fruit and nuts to change it up.

Healthy Homemade Granola

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2 cups old fashioned Quaker Oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons agave nectar

Mix ingredients in a large bowl making sure oil and agave nectar are evenly distributed throughout the dry ingredients.

Spread out evenly on a large sheet pan. Bake for 25 minutes, low and slow, stirring half way through baking time.

Let cool on baking sheet, store in airtight container.