Suburban Sweets: Mini Zucchini Blueberry Muffins

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It’s August, and if you have a vegetable garden, you are probably enjoying a bounty of zucchini right about now.  If you are searching for something new to do with all that summer squash, these zucchini blueberry muffins are a lovely alternative to the all-too-common zucchini bread.  In these mini treats, zucchini is paired with another summer delight, blueberries, to create a dessert/snack that’s perfect for any time of day.  The zucchini is extremely subtle in these muffins, undetectable really, so they taste like more little blueberry cakes than zucchini bread, making them a particular hit with children.  Best of all, they are so tiny that kids can consume them in a single bite (and moms won’t feel guilty doing the same.)  Enjoy!

Suburban Sweets: Mini Zucchini Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 5 dozen mini muffins

Suburban Sweets: Mini Zucchini Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons to coat blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups peeled, finely chopped zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  • Confectioner’s sugar or coarse sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Line a mini muffin pan with foil liners or spray with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Finely chop zucchini - a food processor makes quick work on this. It will look wet, which is ok (mini muffins need a lot of moisture.)
  3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and sugar with electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Add 1 ½ cups of flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until just blended. Stir in zucchini.
  4. Gently coat blueberries with 2 tablespoons of flour. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the baked muffins. Then, ever so gently, fold the blueberries into the batter.
  5. Using a tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop, spoon batter into cups, filling each almost to the top. Try to get roughly the same amount of blueberries into each muffin. Bake two trays at a time for 10 - 13 minutes or until the muffins are golden. Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioner’s or coarse sugar, if desired, before serving.
  6. Makes about 5 dozen mini muffins.
http://food.lohudblogs.com/2014/08/14/suburban-sweets-mini-zucchini-blueberry-muffins/

 

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Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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