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.
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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.
I have used large free range or organic eggs from a 700g 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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose grass-fed ham that is nitrate free to avoid added chemicals and additives.
Coconut flour is made by drying and grinding the meat of a coconut to a fine texture. Coconut flour is a low-carb flour that's an excellent source of dietary fibre and protein. It's a good grain-free and nut-free alternative but does require a larger amount of liquid than normal when used for baked goods. When replacing in a recipe that calls for wheat flour (or almond meal), use this guide; 1 cup of regular flour = 1/3 cup coconut flour, add an extra egg and an extra 1/3 cup of liquid. It can be used in soups, gravies and stews as a thickener and adds a boost of nutrition. Coconut flour may promote stable blood sugar levels and a healthy heart. In addition, it may have antibacterial properties and aid digestion and weight loss. 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 used Organic Coconut Flour from 'Let's Do Organic' and 'Red Tractor Foods' I like their finer texture.