Healthy Zucchini Streusel Muffins

Ingredients

FOR THE MUFFINS – shredded zucchini, drained – packed fresh spinach – unsweetened applesauce (or mashed ripe banana) – plain low-fat Greek yogurt – real maple syrup or honey – vanilla extract – canola oil (or any neutral oil) – eggs – white whole wheat flour – ground cinnamon – baking soda – baking powder – salt – Optional add-ins: dark chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, white chocolate chips

Ingredients (cont'd)

FOR THE STREUSEL TOPPING – white whole wheat flour – unsalted butter, cubed – packed brown sugar – granulated sugar – ground cinnamon – salt

FOR THE STREUSEL TOPPING 1. Stir all ingredients except butter. 2. Add butter cubes and mix with fork until clumpy. 3. Put in refrigerator while you make the muffin batter.

Directions

FOR THE MUFFINS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners.  Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Grate zucchini using a box or cheese grater (use whatever thickness you'd like) and drain between paper towels.  Squeeze as much moisture out of the zucchini as you can. 3. Put zucchini, spinach, applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender and blend on high until smooth. 4. Add eggs and oil.  Blend until just combined.

Directions (cont'd)

FOR THE MUFFINS 5. In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients. 6. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. 7. Stir until just combined.  Be careful to not overmix! 8. Stir in any add-ins. 9. Scoop ~⅓ cup of batter into each muffin tin. 10. Top each muffin tin with 1-2 Tbsp of streusel topping. 11. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. 12. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!

Directions (cont'd)

Enjoy as part of a balanced breakfast or snack!!

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