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.
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?
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.
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?”
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.
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.
*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 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.