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Monday
Jul192010

muffin porn

Yes, that’s right.  I’m about to exploit some delicious muffins. 

But first, you must start your day with a hearty breakfast.

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Complete with Scottish oats, hemp milk, water, cinnamon, chia seeds and banana.

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Topped with blueberries, coconut, walnuts, cacao nibs, and cocoa-coco pnat butter…mmmm

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There was also a delicious + healthy lunch today.

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HUGE salad.

Topped with:

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All dressed up with: hemp oil, balsamic vin, apple cider vin + s/p

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So here we go.  After three trials, I’m ready to release this recipe!

Vegan Zucchini Bread Muffins

In my 3rd trial, I realized you don’t even need to dirty your mixer!!  You can whisk the wet ingredients and then stir the dry into the wet, with a large spoon.  Sweeeeeeeet.

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I like to use a 50/50 mix of grated + ground [in the food processor] zucchini.

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No eggs?  No problem.  A little ground flax meal + water will fix things riiiight up!

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Dry goods.

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Wet + dry all mixed up.  Now stirring in the walnuts + zucch!

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Goooey.

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Have fun with your toppings!  This variation used blueberries + pepitas.

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While the muffins bake, clean your kitchen!!

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I got a little photo happy. :)  This was from 2 days of shooting the different trials. 

The non-blueberry muffins, were topped with banana chunks + almonds.

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Using all coconut milk, instead of applesauce, resulted in a texture that was overly smooth.  The texture was off and the coconut flavor came through too much from the coconut milk + oil.  I do not recommend using either in this recipe.

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Vegan dark chocolate chips + walnuts.  Whoa.

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I liked the idea of topping the muffin with various things instead of mixing it all in the batter.  It allows you to be more creative with 1 batch of muffins.  You could top each one differently if you really wanted!

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Did you want a recipe or something?

Okay okay.  Here is a chart showing you the 3 different trials.  Trial #3 was BY FAR the best.  I don’t recommend making changes to it :)

Vegan Zucchini Bread one. two. three.
whole wheat pastry flour 1.5c 1.5c 1.5c
salt 1/2t 1/2t 1/2t
baking powder 1/2t 1/2t 1/2t
baking soda 1/2t 1/2t 1/2t
cinnamon 1.5t 1.5t 2t
applesauce [unsweet] 0 1/4c 1/4c
coconut oil 3T 0 0
safflower oil 0 2T 2T
almond butter 0 0 2T
sucanat 1/4c 1/4c 1/4c
vanilla 2t 2t 2t
maple syrup 0 0 1/3c
brown rice syrup 1/3c 1/3c 0
coconut milk 1/2c +2T 1/4c 0
zucchini 1c [rounded] 1c [rounded] 1c [rounded]
walnuts 1/2c 1/2c 1/2c
ground flax meal 3T 3T 3T
water 1/4c + 1/2T 1/4c + 1/2T 1/4c + 1/2T
non-dairy milk 0 0 2-4T

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread - yields: [12] muffins

  • 1.5c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/4c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2T almond butter [smooth or fresh ground, not oily]
  • 1/3c maple syrup [grade B]
  • 2T oil [I use a light oil like Safflower, Sunflower or Grapeseed]
  • 1/4c sucanat *see note below
  • 2t vanilla extract
  • 3T ground flax meal
  • 1/4c + 1/2T water
  • 1c rounded grated and/or ground zucchini [skins on or off, doesn’t matter]
  • 1/2c chopped walnuts
  • 2-4T non-dairy milk **see note below
  1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  2. In a small bowl whisk together ground flax meal + water.  Set aside for 5-10min
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl combine applesauce, almond butter, maple syrup, oil, sucanat, vanilla, 2T non-dairy milk, and flax meal mixture. Whisk by hand or with a mixer until well combined.
  5. Stir the dry into the wet [or use a mixer]. Stir until just combined.
  6. Stir in the walnuts + zucchini. Reserve some of the walnuts to sprinkle on top of the muffins before baking, or mix them all in.
  7. If the mixture seems extremely dry, almost like a wet cookie batter, you might need to add in a few Tablespoons of milk. I had to add 2T but I also live in a very dry climate. The batter should be very gooey and thick.
  8. Grease + flour a 12 muffin tin.  [I use a flour + oil spray that Spectrum makes.  It works perfectly!]
  9. Fill muffin tins 2/3 of the way.
  10. If desired, sprinkle more chopped walnuts on top, or other various toppings.
  11. Bake muffins for 18-22min. Toothpick test to be sure. You want the toothpick to be slightly moist.
  12. Let cool for 20-30min in the pan and then turn out onto a cooling rack until completely cool.
  13. To freeze, fully cool, wrap in saran, then foil and then place in a large sealable bag.

*I don’t recommend subbing out sucanat for regular sugar in this recipe.  Sucanat is dryer than regular sugar, so it may result in a batter that is too wet.  You can find sucanat at your local natural food store.  They usually have it in the bulk bins and it’s cheap!

**2-4Tmilk - Like I mentioned in the directions, you will always add 2T of the milk into the wet mixture.  However, you may or may not need to add a few extra Tablespoons of milk to help moisten the batter. If after adding the zucchini + walnuts, it is hard to stir with a spoon add 1-2T milk.

High Alitutude Directions

  • Increase oven temp to 375*
  • Use a pinch less than 1/2t baking powder - 1/4t + 1/8t will work
  • The extra 2T milk will most likely be necessary.
  • My muffins took 20min.

And…more photos!

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The texture of the 3rd trial was much better.  It was more true to the real deal zucchini bread.

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I baked these muffins for a few reasons.  I wanted to health UP the recipe my mom + I used every summer when my dad would pick HUGE zucchinis from our garden.  I wanted to make a vegan version because I like a challenge and because I love eggs.  Huh?  Well, I love eating my farm fresh eggs in their egg state and not hidden in baked goods :)  You would never have any clue that these were vegan or didn’t contain eggs.  If you’re been scared of vegan baking in the past, I urge you to give this recipe a shot.

If you’re still not sure, there will be a non-vegan version up on Teri’s blog soon.  I just finished a guest post for her that will give more background in to why this recipe is so special to me and reminds me of summer.  I’ll let you know when it’s up!

I also baked them to use for a special photo shoot for someone’s header!!

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In other news, I was spotted today, on a website called, “Fine Cooking, we bring out the cook in you.”  Evan, who wrote the article, tweeted about it earlier today :)

Also, did you see Jessica’s banana split on the Foobuzz Top 9 today??  I didn’t get selected, but am so glad one of my best blog friends did!  Congrats girl!

Swim workout:

  • 50m legs only [with kickboard]
  • 50m arms only [with buoy]
  • 1375m freestyle – 55 lengths – sprinting at 90% max effort every 5th length
  • 75m cool down

Plus a 1.5m roundtrip walk to the gym!

Off to play a little Wii + then pass out!

~Ashley

Reader Comments (66)

I love how you do awesome charts for all your recipes, so we can follow all the steps of your process. You're like the Cook's Illustrated of the blog world :)

Another mouth-watering recipe, they look DELICIOUS! (I have a sneaking suspicion you could photograph gruel and make it look good :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatey payne

Serioulsy - I need to make a batch of these......NOW!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Your muffins are sexyyyyy! Thanks for posting the ingredients you used for the different trials--I love seeing what works as well as what doesn't. I like your muffin topping idea too.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

Hahahaa...thanks Allie!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL. thanks ;)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thakyou for the recipe, and the breakdown comparison - that's really interesting to see how you changed it :)
I can't wait to bake these!

i think its so funny that bloggers can make the most amazing dishes/baked goods and never show pics of what their kitchen looks like after! haha I do the SAME thing! I will make the best dish, but fail to see what a MESS it makes of my kitchen! its nice to see i'm not the only one :)

those look absolutely delicious! i wish I could take one off the plate right now, ashley!!! you are a genious

and I love that you eat your oats on a plate!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Those look amazing :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Thanks for the shout. ;) I just saw your tweet too! I am making those muffins. I have a giant zucchini in my fridge!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I just made some Vegan Banana Zucchini muffins the other day and I'm loving them. Although yours look much better. I should have added blueberries to some of mine! Thats such a great idea.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

WOW!!! I think on my next grocery trip I'll definitely buy zucchini!!!
Those look stellar!!!
And btw.... I definitely have to step by the next time I'm in the US!
I'm going to just invite myself for breakfast!!! Again it looks awesome!!
(a friend of mine is really near you at the time... kind of jealous! ;) )

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternic

Ashley, I am soooo excited to make these this week! You have really inspired me to start making more vegan baked goods -- some have turned out successfully, while others definitely have not. Your photos are absolutely beautiful too!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKVH

I totally made zucchini muffins last night too! I wish I would have seen this recipe first though. I made them for my husband, I don't think he was impressed. I guess my zucchini bread is much better.

thanks for the shout out, ashley! i showed the other editors your gorgeous blog - i think it's just the thing to get them into the healthy food blogs soon enough ;)

ps. we're also a magazine, too!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterevan

These look amazing! I have never made zucchini bread/muffins, but I have made carrot bread/muffins...I should give this one a whirl!!

xo
Kris

Those look delicious! Can't wait to try them, thanks for sharing!!

Oh, the horror! Exploited muffins! You crack me up. :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Did your work in the muffin porn business make you famous? It should.

These little guys are ready to pop right into my mouth.

Move over Boogie Nights, we have a tasty new chef in town.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Love healthing up recipes! So fun.
I'm going to attempt to hijack some friends ovens to make some home made goods ;)

yummy muffins! will have to buy some zucchini :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Those muffins look so good! I agree with everyone else, showing all the trials is really hepful and fun.

As a side note, are most of your food photography shots taken with a 50 mm lens? I'm currently researching DSLR cameras and am trying to figure out what a great everyday lens would be! Thanks :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (youngdcliving)

Those muffins look fantastic :) I need to make some, stat!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

These look so good! I love your teardrop shaped plate!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I love how dedicated you are to your muffin trials ;) They sound delicious, and the pictures are beautiful!!!

omg. *starred/*liked/*bookmarked/*evernoted eek!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

wow, muffin porn indeed!

cocoa-coco pnat butter is the BEST! and those muffins are so beautiful. that's awesome with the muffin trials. i love seeing the process/progress!

Breakfast of champions!! I don't blame you for getting snap happy with the camera, those muffins look a treat!

:)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

crate + barrel!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks! Yes, I use a 50mm about 80% of the time. It is a fixed lens, so realize that you won't be able to zoom with it. You have to move in + out w/your feet! ;) It's the best + cheapest lens you can get for lower light shooting and close-up good detail, without shelling out money for a macro lens.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They are very similar...I'm sure you would like these too!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow...thank you!! It was the first time I saw that site and it looks great!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hope these turn out for you!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Those sound great!! For these, I thought about adding banana but really wanted to hold true to traditional zucchini bread!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome...I'm glad everyone liked seeing the process!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think it's cool that you eat your oatmeal off a plate!

You're muffins looks delicious!
I developed my own zucchini muffin recipe for the first time a few days ago. It's so fun to get creative!
On that note, i really love your blog. I follow it everyday! It inspired me to start my own.
Here's the link to my muffins :)
Have a great day!

http://italktofood.blogspot.com/2010/07/ultra-healthy-zucchini-banana.html

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

You never cease to amaze me with all your test batches. I was wrong, you are not a magician in the kitchen...you are a scientist! No wonder all your creations come out amazing. Thank you so much for this recipe and for doing the dirty work so I don't have to!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

PS. I have a feeling I just came across a recent blog header design of yours, but I don't want to spill the beans before your reveal (or be wrong, hehe).

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

Those muffins look INCREDIBLE, going to a local farm today, hopefully grabbing a zuch or two to replicate the recipe :) Also trying to get my boyfriend to be game for your zesty Italian veggie burger!!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Oh my- those muffins look wonderful. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I'll make them when I have company coming-- that way I won't eat all of them straight out of the oven in one sitting.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosey Rebecca

i am def scared to try this, there are soo many things you need to have to make them, but that said they look really good!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa H

Oh man chocolate AND blueberries?!?!?!?!

I loved your guest post today, btw!!

Wow, morning porn for sure! Those muffins look out of this world! I cannot wait to try out this recipe! And I LOVE the topping ideas! So creative and professional (and pretty)!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

So glad you exploited them! They look soooo good--much better than mine. I'll have to crank up the appearance of mine and we can have a muffin bake-off. Or, it could not be a competition (I hate losing), and we'll just sit around and eat tons of zucchini muffins and talk about feet!

So excited for you and and Chris, too, BTW! :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

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