Those with a strong focus on nutrition, know just how important their snacking habits are. It can quite literally make or break your energy levels throughout the day. I think we all know how incredibly tempting it is to graze on deliciously flavored potato chips or sweet treats! And we all know what that means! You’re left reaching for more of the same as it barely touches the edges of your belly.
While I don’t agree on completely cutting out all the known junk foods, I am big on creating nutritionally dense snacks, that help fill the gaps between main meals. Half an hour of time spent in the kitchen, can see you saving so much time and money throughout the rest of the week, and keep you on top of your health goals.
Most grab-and-go supermarket snacks are full of nasty additive and preservatives. Most kinds of muffins will commonly use refined white flour as a base, so it’s nice to know there are plenty of other healthier versions available. And whole wheat flour is one of them.
All the nutrients are kept in whole throughout the manufacturing process, making it a great source of manganese, B Vitamins, zinc and fiber. In both a vegan and vegetarian diet, it’s important to eat plenty of foods that are rich in B vitamins, as you don’t come across them too often from plant-based foods.
The star ingredients of this recipe are of course zucchini and carrots, which feature as some of my favorite vegetables. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin C which helps to boost immunity, improve complexion and collagen levels, and repair skin tissue.
Both carrots and zucchini are good sources of vitamin B6, which I’ve made a bit of a focus in this recipe (along with the levels found in wheat flour). One cup of chopped carrots provide well over 100% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. Carrots are also a good source of biotin and vitamin K.
Adding in spinach will also boost your intake of vitamin K, with close to 1000% of your RDI found in that single cup! Spinach contains very high levels of vitamin A, manganese and folate (B9).
All B vitamins help to convert food into energy, which is another reason why these zucchini carrot muffins are an excellent snack choice.
Zucchini Carrot Muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 organic eggs
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 zucchini cut into small cubes
- 2 carrots cut into rounds
- 4 garlic cloves crushed
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves chopped
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp dried mint
- Pinch sea salt
- Greek yogurt to serve
- Preheat the oven to 175C/346F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the vegetables (except spinach).
- Drizzle with a little olive oil, add salt, dried mint, red chili flakes, curry powder, and toss to coat evenly.
- Roast for 20 minutes.
- While the veggies are cooking, prepare the muffin batter.
- In a large bowl mix the flour with nutritional yeast, turmeric and baking soda.
- Add the beaten eggs, oil, yogurt and almond milk, and mix to obtain a smooth batter.
- Remove the vegetables from the oven and transfer into the bowl, together with the spinach, and whisk to combine.
- Divide the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from tins, add a yogurt dollop on top and serve warm.