Apple Zucchini Muffins and Eating Well with ADD
When your family seems to be negatively impacted by preservatives and additives, as some families are when people have Attention Deficit Disorder, these may be the muffins for you! Recent research has shown that some people with ADD are sensitive to food preservatives and additives. Now is a good time to get started cutting down on processed foods in your household. Part of the problem in getting rid of processed foods is that they are so convenient to use. These muffins are the ultimate convenience food. They take very little effort to make, and they can be used in a variety of ways.
Use them as a quick breakfast or a snack food with a glass of milk or some yogurt. Pack muffins for a simple lunch with some cheese, juice, veggies, and a piece of fruit. Muffins help put organization into the foods for the week at our home. If we need to grab something and go, a homemade muffin fills the bill.
Whole Grain Apple and Zucchini Muffins
½ cup Fage Greek Yogurt
1 cup milk
¼ cup Blue Agave nectar (You may substitute molasses or honey. Each gives a slightly different taste.)
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup coarsely grated apple
1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 cup freshly ground Wheat Montana Prairie Gold whole wheat flour (You may use whole wheat pastry flour.)
¾ cup ground golden flax meal
1 ½ cup oat flour (Grind old fashioned oats in the blender or food processor.)
2/3 cup of turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
½ cup raisins and craisins (mixed)
½ cup walnuts coarsely chopped
Measure the yogurt into a 2 cup measuring cup. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until the milk and yogurt mixture is smooth and comes to the 1 ½ cup line. Add ¼ cup of the agave nectar to the 1 ¾ line. Add the ¼ cup of oil to the 2 cup line and stir the mixture. Set it aside.
Grate the apple, zucchini, ginger, and orange zest into a large bowl. Measure the wheat flour, flax meal, oat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into the bowl on top of the grated foods. Pour most of the milk mixture on top of that. Then, into the measuring cup with the rest of the milk, break the eggs and stir them up with the milk. Pour the milk and eggs into the large bowl. Add the raisins, craisins, and walnuts. Stir the ingredients together until the batter is completely mixed. Do not over stir. Let the mixture rest on the counter for 15 minutes.
Spray the muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the batter into 24 muffins. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 26-28 minutes, or until the muffins pull away from the sides of the tins. They should be a golden brown.
While ADD may cause some problems with organization, like forgetting to buy whole wheat flour, it helps with creativity. When I was making muffins for the week, I discovered that there was only one cup of whole wheat flour. My ADD creativity went into overdrive, and I threw some oatmeal in a food processor, and these muffins were born. Aren’t they tasty? It’s good to have a new muffin recipe. Plus, it’s fun to share it with you!
Today’s little shopping lapse helped me be creative when baking the weekly muffins. Have you had any goof-ups lately that caused you to tap into your creativity? If so, let us know in the Attention Deficit Disorder Forum. What did you do with your super creativity? I’ll look forward to hearing from you!
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