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Another Way To Use Up My Zucchini

by Courtney on July 10, 2012

I don’t know what it is about this zucchini, but I just can’t leave it alone…

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By 7:30 this morning, I had my oven on, my food processor blaring, and my muffin tins ready. As Jay came walking out into the kitchen, I watched him analyze the scene before asking, “sooo, are we going to be eating zucchini every day for the rest of the summer now?”

Why yes, dear. Yes we are.

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Okay, I’m just kidding. I’d get sick of it way too quick…BUT, it doesn’t mean that we can’t eat zucchini every day this week.

I had some ripe bananas that needed to be taken care of, so I combined the two to make some Banana Zucchini muffins. I found this recipe online yesterday and I liked how simple the ingredients were (plus no sugar) so I decided to give it a shot.

While the muffins cooked, I cleaned up my mess, sipped on some coffee, and put together the rest of my breakfast, which featured a strawberry banana Chobani with strawberries and blueberries.

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I seriously LOVE the 2% strawberry banana. So creamy and delicious.

After the longest 25 minutes ever (ok not really, but you all know how hard it is to wait for something cooking in the oven), I finally had the rest of my breakfast ready to go.

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I ended up putting mini chocolate chips in half of the batter, so I had two muffins – one with chips and one without – topped with peanut butter.

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Gosh, I just love warm baked goods right out of the oven, don’t you?

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As for the muffins themselves, they’re pretty good. If you like your muffins on the less sweet side, then I think you’ll definitely like these since the only real sweetness you get is from the bananas (or chocolate chips!).

I’m not sure if Jay will be eating these (aka, they’re “too healthy” tasting) so I may have to go ahead and freeze some so they don’t go to waste.

I better be careful before I go ahead and turn into one giant zucchini! Winking smile

Question for the Morning:

Does anyone else have any other favorite zucchini recipes? Feel free to link ‘em up – I’m on a kick!

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1 Michelle@PeachyPalate July 10, 2012 at 9:24 am
2 Alexandria @ Brain, Body, Because July 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

That chocolate bread looks great! Thanks for sharing.
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3 Michelle@Peachy Palate July 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hope you like it, it’s my favourite chocolate bread EVER! Really is good, I need to make another batch!
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4 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

YUMMM!!! Thank youuuuu, Michelle!

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5 Michelle@Peachy Palate July 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You have to make the chocolate zucchini bread! So good!
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6 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance July 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

I love baking with zucchini! You can never taste it and it’s a great way to sneak in veggies. My favorite zucchini recipe is my Nutella Swirl Zucchini Muffins – they are SO good! http://afterdinnerdance.com/nutella-swirl-zucchini-muffins/
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7 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

Haha, I love that I’m actually linked to in that post! ;)

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8 Jaren@Kiwi Fit Blog July 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

I probably could eat zucchini and squash all year long. So good!

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9 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

My husband often rejects my baked goods on account of their being “too healthy” too!! Thank goodness I can share things at my office!!

My mom used to make a Zucchini Feta Casserole from the Mossewood Cookbook: http://www.moosewoodcooks.com/2012/01/zucchini-feta-casserole/ It’s delicious!!

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10 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yummy! I’ve actually never used zucchini when baking but I’d love to try!
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11 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

My husband often rejects my baked goods on account of their being “too healthy” too!! Thank goodness I can share things at my office!!

My mom used to make a Zucchini Feta Casserole from the Moosewood Cookbook: http://www.moosewoodcooks.com/2012/01/zucchini-feta-casserole/ It’s delicious!!

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12 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

These muffins look great! I’ve been looking for zucchini recipes too. I’m interested in any new recipes I can find :)
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13 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

Ohh I love the idea of Zucchini muffins! I keep trying to find healthy muffin recipes since I’m such a muffin fanatic!
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14 Lindsey July 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

I am jealous! I am waiting for my garden zucchini so I can make all the recipes I have started collecting. Love making zucchni noodles and chocolate zucchini muffins.
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15 Khushboo July 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Ohh these muffins look so good…baked goods + peanut butter = perfection!
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16 chelcie @ chelcie's food files July 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

mmm i would definitely like the ones you added mini chocolate chips too!
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17 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie July 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love baked goods out of the oven and those look great!! Although it’s super super simple, zucchini on the grill is my favorite! (coat them with some olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, and thyme. Delish!)
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18 Leah July 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

I make a Noodleless Zucchini Lasagna loosely based from the recipe on chow.com. Instead of using their marinara sauce I just used my own (either made from scratch or the Prego Heart Smart. Its a really good alternative to a regular lasagna!

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19 Stacey July 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

This looks really good – anything with PB is fair game for me!

http://cilantropist.blogspot.com/2011/06/zucchini-noodles-with-chicken-and-tangy.html

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20 Megan@ The Running Doc July 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

I used yellow squash (because that’s what we had) but this recipe can also be done with zucchini! Cheesy zucchini rice. http://therunningdoc.com/?p=1077
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21 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

These look amazing! I’ve never made zucchini muffins before!
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22 Rachel July 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

those look good! I’ve been wanting to make muffins lately haha
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23 Steph @ StephSnacks July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

MMM loving the addition of the chocolate chips! Your breakfast sure beat mine!
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24 Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness July 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

Those muffins look amazing! I love added zucchini into baking cause it makes everything so good! I love putting grilled zucchini in my salads in the summer! So good!
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25 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

i like to make these zucchini banana muffins http://www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com/2011/10/30/the-largest-zucchinis-i-have-ever-seen/, zucchini oatmeal pancakes http://www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com/2011/08/14/breakfast-for-dinner/, and zucchini bread oatmeal http://www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com/2011/10/12/wiaw-what-i-ate-wednesday-5-three-new-recipes/. obviously i have had to get creative with my abundance of zucchini in the past too. :)
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26 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Yum, Yum, YUM! Thanks for sharing :)

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27 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

I made a zucchini banana almond flour bread yesterday! It was delicious!
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28 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

I saw that…and it DID look delicious (and enjoyed quickly out of the oven too?) ;)

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29 briana July 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

My mom and I make a zuchinni skillet that is delicious. You put evoo in a cast iron skillet and fry up sweet potato or regular followed by two zuchinnis, onion, and garlic and cook till brown. Then u add corn and green chilies and if you want more protein black beans. Cook some more then top with pepper jack cheese and cook till cheese melts. You serve it with tortillas and top with salsa. Sounds weird, but everyone Iv’e ever made it for raves about it!

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30 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

Oh my gosh, that seriously sounds SO good. I need to try this ASAP…

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31 Haley July 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yum! These look so good!! I have lots of yellow zuchinni from the garden. Can you make yellow zuchinni muffins? I never hear of it!

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32 Courtney July 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hmmm, I’m not sure??

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33 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

I LOVE this zucchini bread! http://notsodomesticated.com/zucchini-bread-and-more-on-atlanta/ It’s so yummy! :)
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34 Trisha July 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love zucchini! And all of your zucchini harvesting is making me really mad that we didn’t plant our garden this year like we had planned. Though I don’t have it growing in my yard, I buy & prepare it often. I’m even throwing together a zucchini lunch today. Will share if it turns out!
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35 Katherine @ The Fit Lady Sings July 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Those look great! I gotta say, I love the produce this time of year… zucchini and really good tomatoes are some of my favorites. I’ll definitely have to try those muffins out!
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36 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson July 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I have all these ingredients on hand. Maybe I should make these soon and freeze them and have them ready for breakfast
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37 amy July 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

MMMM those look awesome, I love zucchini bread so muffins would be great too! Thinking about trying some zucchini brownies today for a sweet treat!
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38 Molly Ritterbeck July 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I just have to say that I love the fact that I am not the only one who still bakes in the morning!
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39 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’m currently having a dilemma over what to do with all the zucchini in my fridge right now, too! It’s just one of those vegetables, isn’t it? The muffins sound great!
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40 Ellie@Fit for the Soul July 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Ooohh!!! Put it in pasta–it’s delicious and crunchy that way! Or there’s this korean dish…make an egg batter and coat the zucchini slices with the batter. Then gently coat it with flour and pan fry it. Dip it in a mixture of soy sauce+vinegar, and it’s easily one of my fave Korean side dishes! :D
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41 Kim Lee July 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’m going to have to give those muffins a try. The recipe looks super healthy! Google Jamie Eason recipes and try out her turkey burgers- I use 2lbs of ground turkey or chicken to 1 large zucchini. They are really good just cooked right in the oven. The recipe makes a lot, though. So you may want to half it or wait till you are having company to make. There great with guacamole spread on them!

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42 Andrea @ Vegvacious July 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I really wish I could get myself up in time to throw a batch of muffins in the oven before work!!! I have a zucchini bread recipe that is too die for — it’s definitely one of my all-time fave recipes http://vegvacious.blogspot.ca/2011/08/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream.html
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43 Kristen July 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I sometimes layer some shredded zucchini into my baked eggplant parm! Beware slices should be cooked first…the moisture from the shredding helps the zucchini bake into the layers just fine without coking the shreds first.

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44 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

check out STUFT Mama’s blog, she slices it up into strips and roasts it, then tops it with chicken and sauce. I roast mine as well, but I eat them like zucchini fries!
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45 Annie July 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I made your Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread last night (minus the chocolate chips, plus walnuts)!! It came out so good!

Zucchini is the best in the summer and I’m impressed with all of the uses you’ve found for it!
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46 Bek @ Crave July 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I am a bit fearful to add healthy ingredients like zucchinis to my baked goods- because the rest of the household may not eat them and it’ll be all up to me!

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47 Sarah July 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

I LOVE chobani 2%! Pineapple is my favorite! I am also obsessed with zucchini muffins and I am very sad I dont have any in the house to make RIGHT NOW! Its 730 am and I would totally be down for some baking right now too! Ill have to pick some up and get to it!!

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