Muffins, like smoothies, are magical: kids will consume them, no matter what you put in them (even *gasp* veggies). My son particularly loves blueberry muffins so I wanted to come up with a way to pack them with diverse nutrients.
Summer squash is both inexpensive and in season. It's full of everything from Vitamin C to B-complex vitamins (including folate) to omega-3s to zinc and magnesium. All of these work together to maintain a healthy blood sugar level in your body; this is important for everyone but is crucial during pregnancy. Oh, and to get squash's full antioxidant effect, make sure you eat the skin!
These muffins--definitely more of a grainy cornbread than a cake-y muffin--seem to have lots of ingredients and lots of steps. But, truly, they're easy. I just tried to break out all the steps as much as possible to make it easier for you, dear readers!
yield: 12-14 muffins
- 1/2c unsalted butter (preferably organic, grass-fed)
- 1/2c kefir
- 2 large eggs
- 2 medium summer squash (about 2 cups when grated), tough ends trimmed
- 3/4c whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4c almond flour
- 1/2c honey
- 1t baking powder
- 1/2t baking soda
- 1/4t salt
- 3/4c medium-grind cornmeal (organic, please; non-organic corn is most likely genetically modified)
- 1c blueberries (dried work well if you don't have fresh)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Melt butter in a saucepan; when completely melted, pour into a bowl to cool.
Once the butter has cooled, whisk in the kefir...
...and the eggs.
Grate the summer squash. I used a coarse Microplane grater; my sous chef held it steady while I grated.
I got just under two cups of the grated squash. Add it to the butter mixture.
Sift flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. If you don't have a sifter, no worries! Put a fine mesh colander over a bowl and use that to sift. After you're done sifting, whisk in the cornmeal.
If you'd like to send these muffins in your kid's lunch box--but your child's school is nut-free--you can omit the almond flour and replace it with regular flour.
Full disclosure: when my muffins were still warm the papers were a bit greasy. This wasn't an issue when they were cool and I felt the texture of the muffins was just fine, so I personally wouldn't want to cut down on the fat, but I did want to give you the heads-up.
Are your kids maniacs for muffins?