Jun 03

Yellow Zucchini Banana Walnut Muffins

I know it’s not called a yellow zucchini.*  But if I would’ve called them “yellow squash muffins” my family would have never eaten them.

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Nothing like a like trickery and deception with your breakfast.

So this weekend Andrew and I did weekend-y things like eating froyo and going house hunting. I almost freaked out at Menchie’s because Andrew actually sampled a flavor instead of just immediately getting his typical tart yogurt + brownie bites (all while I sampled as many flavors as I possibly can in the 30 seconds I have until he’s standing at the cash register waiting on me).  He tried the Graham Cracker flavor and couldn’t believe it actually tasted exactly like Graham Crackers. He has so much to learn about froyo.

And just when I think I know my froyo places…this happens.

The “fast-food outlet” that I found most umm interesting (?) was the frozen yogurt place called, “Cups.” It’s supposed to be the Hooters of froyo.  I’m all for entrepreneurs so to each their own…but I think I’d rather go to Umami than Cups.  But I really love me some froyo.  So I’d probably still go to Cups.  Thoughts?

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So house hunting was just one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. We saw a gorgeous kitchen in one home but that house wasn’t in the location that we (read: I) want to live in. Andrew is trying to convince me to consider another location by bribing me with the close proximity to the grocery store.

But before we make any big decisions we always check Google Maps to see how close our nearest Chipotle would be…priorities.  His location won the close-chipotle-proximity contest but my location is just more exciting/yuppie/historical houston-y/all round freaking awesome-er.  And when we turned onto me desired street…there was the cutest-lululemon-wearing young mom walking her dog while her little boy rode his bike with training wheels.  And we’ll become friends and we can exchange baking tips and we can plant gardens together and our kids can grow up together and we can walk to the farmers market on Saturdays together and…I was sold.

AND(!!!) the exterior of my house was mint chocolate chip color.  Which automatically trumps all other colors.

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Speaking of colors…my friend is pregnant so we’re planning on hosting a Gender Reveal Party for her where you bite into cupcakes and the center will be blue or pink for the baby’s gender.  I just told Andrew, “We’re throwing a Gender Reveal Party!” I didn’t really give him in background on what that meant or who it was for and he just got this really confused look on his face…it was pretty funny. He was like, “What does that even mean?”

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Other things that boys don’t really understand…Sample Sales.  BHLDN was having a Sample Sale in Houston this weekend so my mom, sisters and I went to see if we could find some bridesmaid dresses.  I was actually looking for a veil but those weren’t part of the sale…of course they weren’t.  We got there at 7 am and waited in line in the pouring rain for 1 1/2 hours until we finally got in.  Only to find…nothing.

But anyways, one girl had her boyfriend/fiance/husband with her.  How you gonna bring a man to a sample sale.  There are not enough dressing rooms and there will be half-naked girls walking around throwing on and off 80% off dresses.  Not the best environment for a guy.

We didn’t find any dresses…but we did go home and open my mom’s wedding dress which hadn’t been opened in 29 years.  And then we all tried it on.

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So I made you muffins with yellow squash mainly because we just harvested about 36843 of them from my dad’s garden.  And he asks me every single day if I ate a yellow squash.  So I decided to go one step farther and put it in muffins…and then trick him into eating them.  I recommend making these muffins and then doing this to them.

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*totally just googled “yellow zucchini” and there is such a thing.  Who knew?! Probably you.

Yellow Zucchini Banana Walnut Muffins

makes 16 muffins

[inspired by Martha Stewart]

2 cups oat flour, packed

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup stevia in the raw

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cup yellow crookneck squash, grated

1/2 cup banana, mashed (~1 medium to large banana)

2/3 cup almond milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup walnut, chopped + additional walnuts to top

Preheat oven to 350F and line 16 muffins tins with paper liners.  In a large bowl, mix together oat flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, stevia, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg, vanilla.

Add grated squash and mashed banana into dry ingredients.  Stir until squash is coated in flour mixture.  Now add in your wet ingredients and stir until just combined.  Avoid over mixing.  Divide batter among muffin tins and bake for 25-30 minutes.  You’ll know the muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Allow muffins to cool for 30 minutes in the hot muffin tin before moving to a cooling rack to continue cooling.  If you take the paper off the muffins too soon, the paper will stick to the muffin and make the muffin look less than aesthetically pleasing.  Top with a nice spread of some peanut butter…or with this peanut butter icing.

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28 comments on “Yellow Zucchini Banana Walnut Muffins”

  1. These look fantassstttiiiiccc. And I love your reasoning to call them “yellow zucchini muffins” instead of “yellow squash muffins” hahaa

    • I’ve recently been loving crumbling muffins on top of smoothie…it’s become one of my favorite breakfasts! So doughy on top of a creamy smoothie ohhhh just so good. And you really don’t even notice the squash then!

  2. Very fun post! And I totally agree that me-desired street is the best street. If you can envision happiness there, it’s usually the one! Muffins look wonderful. One of my favorite things to do is hide good-for-you stuff in yummy packaging (carrot cake, zucchini bread, (unsweetened) apple sauce cake). Delish!

    • I totally agree about “if you can envision happiness there” part:) I’m heading to yet another open house in about an hour so we’ll see if I can foresee any happiness there;)

      • Just be patient! We looked at maybe 40 houses (over a period of months) and a couple of heartbreaking losses before we found our home. But it’s totally worth it! Good luck! :)

  3. Awesome post and pictures! Good luck on the home hunting, in San Francisco the price ends up going 200k over because of all the bidding. It’s so ridiculous and I fear I’m going to be kicked out the city I grew up im because of all the start up techies moving in.

    • Yeah I’m learning a lot about Houston through this home buying process. Slightly sketchy areas that I would have never even considered living in i’m now like, “it costs how much to live there?!” It’s crazy! Who knows where we’ll end up! Thanks for the well wishes:))

  4. Your photos look beautiful and I want that turquoise mug (and the muffins, too)!

    • Definitely stole that mug from my mom! She’s always coming back from vacations with the most gorgeous mugs I’ve ever seen. Her coffee mug cabinet is overflowing (literally…they always almost fall out) with these beautiful yet oh-so-random mugs:)

  5. I am resisting the urge to bite into the screen right now. I want one of these muffins (and also that kitchen you posted on instagram) so badly right now!

    • I know!!! That kitchen is soooooo tempting. But it’s in a less than ideal location (in my opinion anyways…my fiance loves the location!) I hate having to chose between location and dream kitchen haha…I just want the pretty kitchen in the pretty (less sketchy) area haha

  6. I love banana muffins AND I love zucchini muffins…so, why not combine the two? Awesome idea!

  7. YUM! These are making me hungry. ;) I got fro-yo over the weekend, too. (Red Mango) Have you been there?

  8. YUM. Yellow zucchini..don’t worry I didn’t know that was a thing either. And huzzah for mint chocolate chip color! My favorite! Again, we are just on the same page with a lot of things, girl. :)

  9. Just found your blog and I love it! These muffins look fab– I can’t even imagine hoe delish they’d be crumbled on top of a green smoothie :) Gorgeous pics, too!

  10. I woudl totally use the yellow zucchini phrase also to get more of the family interested in eating these. So good!

    And I’m so amazed that you like house hunting! So many people i know hate it!

  11. YUM! Goodluck on your house hunting. :)

  12. Ah! I love reading your posts! They’re so fun and full of little stories about you and what’s happening in your life! I’m on that froyo bandwagon too. My favorite one is this place called Froyoyo in College Station, TX. It has a MAJOR amount of toppings.

    In regards to the house, mint chocolate chip color sounds flawless! Not that I’m biased or anything due to ice cream preferences! Ok, now I’ve completely not commented on the main attraction of this whole post. The muffins look flawless. Yesterday I put one of my banana muffins on top of my smoothie and figured I was a freak of nature. Glad to know I’m not alone with my excellent smoothie eating preferences.

    • You’re from College Station?! Too fun! I just graduated from A&M! I never made it to Froyoyo but it was right next to the How Do You Roll? Sushi Place, right?

      I always went to Spoons and Yogurtland though:)

      • That’s so crazy! My brother goes to school there too! I love it! Yeah, it was right next to How Do You Roll? Ah, this is so cool that you know what I’m talking about! :)

        I LOVE Yogurtland and Spoons too of course! Who am I kidding. I just like Froyo in general.

  13. When I was looking at internships this summer (as well as colleges last year), I checked for the closest Whole Foods/Trader Joes. I seriously ruled out the college I’m attending at first because there was no WF close by. When my parents asked why I just pretended like it was a mistake… But you have got to believe that I got my health food store this summer! Organic bananas up the wazoo and an amazing freezer section that makes me want to sing :) Like you said- priorities.

    I don’t have an instagram (or else I would totally follow you!) but the pictures of you and your family in that wedding dress is so awesome! I wish I had a bunch of sisters to do fun sentimental things like that with.

    So glad that someone else does that whole “planning” thing in their head too ;) I’ll see someone walk by, or spot something in the store and automatically my mind is swirling. I imagine conversations that will occur, events that will take place… Like my own little pilot episode of the best tv show ever. Complete with possible spin-offs ;) Lol. Then I come back to reality.

    • Haha have you even read the Shopoholic book series? The author always does the whole “planning thing in her head”…it’s hilarious. The books are super easy, girly, fun reads if you have any time this summer!

      And I’m glad you’re closer to that fancy freezer section:) I had to drive 20 minutes to a nicer grocery store today and ended up getting rear ended on my drive home…lame. Having a nice grocery store really close is a must for this next house!!

      • I’ve never read them, but I’ve seen the movie… Probably not the same as the books though :P I’ll have to find the first one at my library when I get the chance.

        I would be too scared to ever drive again if I got rear ended. When I ditched my car a few winters ago on a really icy road it took my parents forever to convince me to drive again. Hope you made it out unscathed!

        • Definitely didn’t like the movie as much as the books. The series is just a fun break from textbooks!

          And thanks for being understanding about getting rear ended:) I know people get rear ended all the time but it was still scary for me. I’m not looking forward to driving again. And my back is super tight today. Hopefully I’ll bounce back quick!

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