Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

  • Serves: 12 muffins
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cooking Time: 00:25
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These no-fuss breakfast muffins have a lovely light texture. The fussiest eater will love these but if you would like to bump-up the flavour for spice lovers just add your favourite herbs and spices (paprika works well in this recipe). Make extra to keep in the fridge for snacks or school lunch boxes.

Ingredients

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  • 5 lge egg(s)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lge (approx 450gm) zucchini, grated (skin on)
  • 2 spring onion(s), finely sliced or chopped chives
  • 3 slices ham (nitrate free), diced
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • Fine sea salt and ground black pepper , be generous

Directions

Preheat oven to 180c (fan-forced). Line or grease well a large 12 cup muffin tin, or use a silicon muffin tray.

Add the eggs and olive oil to a large bowl and whisk. Then add the zucchini, spring onions, ham, coconut flour, salt and pepper (if using extra herbs and spices add now). Mix together well, making sure all ingredients are distributed throughout the mixture.

Use a 1/4 measuring cup to fill the muffin cups to 3/4 full. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until lightly brown and set.

Allow to slighly cool for a few minutes before serving.

Store leftover muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

egg(s)

I have used large free range or organic eggs from a 70g carton in my recipes. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids, also studies have shown that lutein (yellow colour) in egg yolks protects against the progress of early heart disease.

olive oil

The olive fruit of the olive tree is pressed and crushed to released the oil. Healthy fats like olive oil are essential for brain function and to transport vitamins and minerals throughout our bodies. This is a delicious oil to drizzled over salads and vegetables.

zucchini

A zucchini is also called a courgette or summer squash depending on which country you live in. Zucchini looks similar to a cucumber and is usually served cooked with it's skin left on. Zucchini contains a good amount of folate, potassium, vitamin A,C and fibre.

spring onion(s)

Other names for spring onion are scallion or green onion. They have hollow green leaves and a small root bulb and can be eaten raw or cooked. The green tops are also used sliced or chopped as a garnish. The green tops are a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene.

ham (nitrate free)

Choose grass-fed ham that is nitrate free to avoid added chemicals and additives.

coconut flour

This flour is made by drying and grinding the meat of a coconut to a fine texture. Coconut flour is an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein. It's a good grain-free alternative but does require a larger amount of liquid than normal when baking. When replacing in a recipe that calls for wheat flour, use this guide; 1 cup of wheat flour = 1/3 cup coconut flour, add an extra egg and an extra 1/3 cup of liquid. There are now quite a few brands of coconut flour available and they all seem to perform differently depending on how coarse the texture is. In my recipes I have used Organic Coconut Flour from 'Let's Do Organic', I like its finer texture (I purchase from iherb.com).

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