My son helped me make this zucchini bread last night. To be honest we made it for my daughter, I am trying a gluten free diet for her. I told Cooper he had to wait until the morning to have a piece of bread. I forgot to tell him I would need a picture of it first. As he patiently waited he started playing with his cars. Then he decided if he could not eat the bread maybe his cars could! After I snapped this picture, Cooper got a bite of bread. He told me, “Thank you for making this mommy. It is good”. I hope you enjoy it too!
Zucchini Bread Recipe
1.5 cups Gluten Free all-purpose flour blend (Pillsbury or BobsRedmill)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 cup heaping – zucchini shredded
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup pineapple tidbits drained – from can
Preheat oven to 325 for bread or 350 for muffins.
Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
For bread loaf, grease 9×5 bread pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until center is cooked through.
For muffins, fill tins 3/4 full (approx. 1/4 cup). Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
I hate to admit it, but muffins and donuts have become a routine part of breakfast at my house! It is amazing how quickly a special treat can turn into a habit! My solution, zucchini carrot muffins! My son loves them and has no idea they are different than the ones we buy at the store. I have made healthy muffins before, but these zucchini carrot muffins are by far the best! To make gluten free sub bob’s red mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour for whole wheat and all purpose flour.
Zucchini Carrot Muffins
3 cups shredded zucchini and carrot (approx 1 medium zucchini and 1 medium carrot)
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits in 100% juice
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix eggs and banana until smooth. Add melted coconut oil, canola oil, honey, and pineapple with pineapple juice until smooth. Stir in zucchini and carrot. In another bowl mix dry ingredients rolled oats, cinnamon, flour, salt and baking powder. Add all ingredients together and stir until combined.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 full (approx. 1/4 cup). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
My son has been refusing fruit recently, so I decided to be creative with lunch today. This smoothie bowl was a hit. I told him it is like ice cream and it was gone in not time!
DYK: Smoothies are a simple way to get fruits and veggies into your diet. Add protein powder and whole grain cereal, and you have a meal!
2 cups frozen fruit (I used peaches, strawberries and blueberries)
1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop protein powder (20 grams protein)
1/8 cup favorite whole grain cereal crushed
1 T coconut flakes
Place frozen fruit in a bowl and thaw for 1 minute. In a blender add frozen fruit, milk and protein powder. I use my ninja single serve cup! Blend until smooth. Then pour into a bowl and top with kiwi, avocado, and crushed whole grain cereal mixed with coconut. Add variety with different frozen fruit and topping selections.
I thought about making banana ice cream for over a year now. I kept putting it off thinking it was going to be too difficult or not taste good. I cannot believe I waited so long. Banana ice cream is delicious! You must make it today!
Banana Pumpkin Ice Cream
2 frozen bananas (peeled)
4 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Peel and freeze 2 bananas at least 1 hour before making the ice cream. Then blend frozen bananas in a food processor until almost smooth. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until smooth. Serve right away or put in a container and freeze. Enjoy!
Cooking a butternut squash: Cut squash in half, scoop seeds out, and place face down in baking dish with ¼ cup water. Bake butternut squash at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until soft. When finished let squash cool. Scoop squash from the outer shell.
Mix 4 cups butternut squash, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon together. You can eat this while hot or refrigerate for later.
Quick Note: Butternut squash has half the carbohydrate content of sweet potatoes!