Apricot Walnut Zucchini Muffins
Plumped and puréed dried fruit keeps the fat and added sugar low in this classic zucchini muffin. Great for breakfast or as an after-school snack.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Serving size: 1 muffin
Course: Breakfast, brunch, snack
1 cup coarsely chopped Mediterranean dried apricots* (or golden raisins)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup Mariani Original or Vanilla Walnutmilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, patted dry between paper towels
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, plus extra for topping if desired
Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 muffin cups with paper wrappers or grease well.
Place apricots in a small saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until very soft. Let cool slightly. Remove with a slotted spoon to a small food processor and process until fairly smooth.
Place in a large bowl with butter, sugar, Walnutmilk, vanilla and eggs; stir until well mixed.
Stir together dry ingredients and then stir lightly into apricot mixture. Fold in zucchini and walnuts.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan. This bread is best served the next day. Makes 8 servings.
For a slightly sweeter flavor, replace dried apricots with golden raisins.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving (with apricots):
Calories: 240, Total Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.0g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 260mg, Carbohydrates: 33g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Sugars: 17g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin D: 0mcg (2%), Calcium: 70mg (4%), Iron: 2mg (8%), Potassium: 240mg (4%)
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving (with golden raisins):
Calories: 250, Total Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.0g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 260mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Sugars: 19g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin D: 0mcg (2%), Calcium: 70mg (4%), Iron: 1mg (8%), Potassium: 200mg (4%)