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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {55} ~ Delicious and Healthy Zucchini, Banana and Carrot Muffins

Welcome dear friends to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky party! I'm so thrilled that you have visited today!

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This week has been another crazy one at our place. Mr Attorney has been sick and I'm sure we all know how bad men are as patients! I've been joking about him having the "man flu" but it then turned in bronchitis and so he has been very miserable indeed! Luckily I don't have too many classes so I have had a bit time to look after after my patient in between marking papers and looking after Maddy and Big Al!

I did find time to make some healthy muffins for our lunch boxes (you can read about my quest to make healthy snacks for my family's lunches here) and they really turned out well. They are healthy and delicious and my family loved them. They are also full of veges! That's right these muffins have a couple of secret ingredients in them that make them a very clandestine way to get your kids (and husband's!) to eat their vegetables!

Zucchini, Banana and Carrot Muffins

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See those flecks of green? That is zucchini! 
Sneaky huh?
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I also added some LSA (linseed (flaxseed) sunflower seed and almond) mix to my muffins for some added flavour and health benefits. In a nutshell, LSA is rich in protein, which helps to keep blood-sugar levels balanced. It also helps to curb sugar cravings! You can read all about LSA here if you would like to know more.

I hope you might give this flavourful and nutritious recipe a try!

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Zucchini, Banana, Carrot and LSA Muffins

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 cup LSA mix
1 cup lightly packed light-brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 coarsely grated large zucchini
1 coarsely grated large carrot
1 mashed over-ripe large banana
3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F/180C degrees and prepare 12 standard muffin cases. In a large bowl, combine flour, LSA mix, rising agents and cinnamon. Add fruit and vegetables and stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until combined. As is always the case when it comes to muffins, don't over mix!

Divide the batter and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack for another 10 minutes. They are delicious warm and keep in the fridge for about a week. I actually froze them in zip-lock bags once they were completely cool and then added them to the kid's lunch boxes every morning. They would thaw and be just right to eat by lunch time!

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What is your favourite muffin Recipe? Do you have a twist on a traditional favourite? Have you shared a healthy lunch box treat on your blog? If you have I would love it if you could link up your post to this week's Say G'Day Party!

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Natasha In Oz 


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