Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins (tweaked)

I've said it before but it's worth repeating.  I find so many useful recipes at allrecipes.com and I love giving them a little "tweak" to make them a bit healthier.  This time I am giving you the original ingredients below so you can see the changes I've made.

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My most common tweaks are:
-Apple sauce instead of oil
-Less sugar and/or substitute Agave or Honey
-Use half whole wheat flour

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose, un-bleached flour
2 cups whole wheat flour 
1 1/2 cups Honey (or 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup brown sugar)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup apple sauce 
1 cup grapeseed oil
6 eggs
3 cups shredded zucchini
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour 4 muffin pans, or use paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, honey, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the oil, apple sauce, eggs, zucchini, pineapple and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Fill muffin cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

I ended up with about 48 muffins.  The recipe is so big I should have used a much bigger bowl.  Next time I make this I'll make 2 - 1/2 batches and experiment with each.

**This is a perfect recipe to freeze for later since I'm making up food ahead for my hubby for when I go out of town**  

*Additional "tweaks" -add 1 cup of shredded carrots and/or slivered almonds. 

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups vegetable oil
6 eggs
3 cups shredded zucchini
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
3 teaspoons vanilla extract 

Have a GREAT week!


30 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that I'm following you! I have a ton of zucchini this year. Perfect timing to find this recipe. Found you at the Blog Hop Social:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. Following back Katie! Check out the Zucchini Carrot "cakes." They are so easy!
      http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/2012/09/zucchini-carrot-cakes.html

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  2. New follower from the GFC blog hop!! :) Can't wait to hear from you :)

    xoxo - kylie
    www.kandcamera.com

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  3. Looks delicious! I love anything that has zucchini in it!

    I am hosting Wonderful Food Wednesday link up - would love for you to come by and link a recipe. Stop by next Wednesday!

    Kerrie
    http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

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  4. Zucchini abounds! Always looking for new ways to prepare it. Followed you from Our Everyday Harvest Blog Hops.

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    1. Hi Sherry! If you like Zucchini, try the Zucchini Carrot "cakes"
      http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/2012/09/zucchini-carrot-cakes.html

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  5. These sound delicious! New following from the Aloha blog hop.

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  6. Hi Mary! I found you through the Aloha Friday hop and I'm now following you with GFC. I'm looking forward to getting healthy recipe ideas from here! This one might come in handy as I just bought some zucchini, which is called baby marrow here in South Africa.

    Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs
    http://1camera1mom.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome Christina! If you want another healthy recipe check out the latest Baby Marrow recipe (what a cool name)
      http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/2012/09/zucchini-carrot-cakes.html

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  7. I never thought of pineapple and zucchini, but seeing as i have so much of the latter i would love to try these!
    Stopping by from the what about hop and would love for you to join us at photo friday- come link up!
    Cheers!

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    1. The combo is delicious! Thanks for the invite!

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  8. I'm stopping in from the Friday Chaos blog hop. I'm one of the co-hosts and I'm glad you linked up!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    -Alexis
    www.livingthewifestyle.com

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    1. Welcome Alexis! I am so happy I found your beautiful blog!

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  9. I'm another Allrecipes fan. I start with an interesting recipe and ALWAYS change it to my liking. These muffins look great (and I love the addition of the carrots). I'm here from the hop. Joined you as a follower!

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    1. Welcome! I'm already your follower. Enjoy!

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  10. Oh wow, those look great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    1. Thanks for hosting a great Party Jessi!

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  11. These look great! Ilove the combination of pineapple and zucchini! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  12. Baking with zucchini is not very familiar around here, and I actually would love to try these,

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    1. Hi Winnie! I posted another great Zucchini recipe a few minutes ago. Try the Zucchini Carrot "cakes". They are easy to make a freeze well.
      http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/2012/09/zucchini-carrot-cakes.html

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  13. Ooh these sound so good! I'm going to have to try them, new follower of your blog :)

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  14. I love zucchini, I will have to try these, I bet they are really moist with zucchini and pineapple! Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Sunday.
    Stephanie

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  15. Sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up to Stop, Look, Link!

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  16. Looks yummy. Our zucchini is growing nicely so we should have plenty to try this out. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  17. That's a great use for zucchinni! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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  18. This is the third recipe I've seen using zucchini in sweets, I'll have to try! I do the same thing when I come across good recipes, too- do what I can to make them healthier. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday, and thanks again for the lip balms, I am loving them :)

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  19. Thanks for linking this great post to the Say G'day Linky Party. I just made zucchini, carrot and banana muffins the other day! Great minds!

    Best wishes and hope you can join in again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

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