Banana Zuchini Muffins
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
These muffins are a modification of Civilized Caveman Banana Bread. My 9 month old daughter loves them and they make a great snack for her! Eggs, zuchini, bananas and almond butter! A pretty well rounded snack.
When I began to be overwhelmed with zucchini this summer, I had the idea to substitute some of the bananas with zuchini and the results were great! What I love about the original recipe is that there is no added sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the bananas. However, even this can be too much sweetness for my needs. I feel best when I eat a lower carb diet. Also, I feel that while my daughter is little I have an opportunity to shape her taste, so I like snacks that are not overly sweet. This modification still tastes great, but cuts down on the sweetness!
I think that both the banana and zucchini can be swapped for other fruits and vegetables. Next time I am going to try swapping the banana for apples and make an apple zucchini muffin.
The other thing I love about this recipe is that it is very easy. There are only a few ingredients and they are all blended together in the blender. However, if you don't have a blender you can use a hand mixer or even mix by hand, but if that is the case you will need to shred the zucchini.
1 cup mashed banana or about medium 2 bananas
1.5 cups chopped zucchini
4 tbsp grass-fed butter, melted ( or alternate oil such as coconut oil)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1. Combine the bananas, zucchini, eggs, nut butter, and butter in a food processor or blender. If this is not an option you can shred the zucchini and combine the ingredients in a bowl and beat on high.
2. Once the above ingredients are well blended you can add your dry indgredients (coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and blend again until smooth.
3. Line a muffin tin with liners and pour batter into liners. You can fill to about three quarters full. This recipe makes a dozen.
4. Place in the oven and bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Note, these muffins tend to be moist. My husband prefers a dryer muffin, so I will cook his a bit longer.
5. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
The original Civilized Caveman Banana Bread recipe offers the following options. And I believe they have added a few more since then. View the original reipe to see.
Chocolate Blueberry - Add 1 cupe of fresh blueberries and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
Pumpkin Pecan - Reduce the almond butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 cup of roughly chopped pecans.
If you want to make this as a loaf use the same recipe, but pour into a greased 9"x4" loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.