Have your (healthy) cake…er, muffin….and eat it too!
Last week I was the featured speaker at a breakfast meeting. I was going to be speaking about health coaching and wanted to walk my talk by bringing healthy breakfast options for the group….of 55! I knew I would make some mini veggie frittatas, and I was going to set up a oatmeal bar, but the “sweet” piece (that I knew everyone would be clamoring for) eluded me until I remembered the wonderful chocolate zucchini brownie recipe I make during Passover and resolved to tweak it and turn it into muffins for this group. Problem solved.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m searching for a recipe that’s healthy I’m always disappointed when the “healthy” version has added refined sugar or extra oil. Seriously? I wonder which part of that recipe is actually healthy. Sometimes recipes marked healthy have two different types of refined sugar. Who still believes that brown sugar is a healthier version of white sugar?? Don’t get me started….maybe a blogpost for another day!
Usually I have to figure it out myself. I mean, I love the taste of decadent food as much as the next person, but if I can find a way to have my (healthy) cake and eat it too (without guilt) that always seems to be a better choice. Right?
I think nuts and nut butters are so underrated. I use almond butter here to add a rich creamy texture without having to add oil….more specifically without having to add hydrogenated oil or saturated fats…..and then there’s the added benefit of a protein boost from the nuts. Love that winning combo!
The big surprise in this recipe is the zucchini. You can’t taste it, but the muffins are so moist because of it….and another nutritional boost of an ingredient. If you want to pass these off as double chocolate muffins and omit the zucchini in the title, I won’t tell….it can be our little secret. OK?
These muffins are scrumptious. Seriously rich and good enough to be called dessert in my book…..but with such clean ingredients, they’re healthy enough to be called breakfast as well. See how easy it is…..bake up a batch of these and then you can have your cake and eat it too!!