My kids don’t like zucchini. It makes me kind of sad, because I love pretty much any kind of summer squash I can get my hands on.
I suppose I can’t complain too much though – they do eat their share of other vegetables.
But yeah… not zucchini. In fact, when they pushed their respective chairs up to the cupboard to ‘help’ me bake, they both started making phony gagging noises when I told them that yes, that pile of shredded zucchini was going into the batter.
But as much as I tried to reassure them that they wouldn’t even taste the zucchini, they kept saying they weren’t even going to try them… right up until that delicious, warm, cinnamon aroma started wafting from the oven.
Then their opinions started getting a little shaky, and in the end, Hadassah decided she should risk a small piece if we put enough butter on it.
Next thing I knew, the muffins were all gone.
Okay, so that’s an exaggeration. But all the muffins that I didn’t put away from tomorrow’s breakfast were all gone.
This recipe is fairly simple – even though it kind of has a lot of ingredients – and it’s a variation on my favorite ever gluten-free zucchini bread recipe. The moistest, softest gluten-free zuke bread you’ll ever taste.
So needless to say, these muffins are nice and moist too, and have the added goodness of a streusel topping – and the cuteness of being muffin sized.
Gluten-Free Zucchini Streusel muffins
- 3 cups gluten free flour mix
- 1 tsp. guar or xanthan gum (omit if your mix already contains)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup evaporated cane juice
- 2 ½ cups zucchini
- 3 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup oil (I use light olive oil)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour (not starch!)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or evaporated cane juice
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350º
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Set aside.
- Mash banana (blend in a food processor if you have one
- Beat in eggs, oil, and vanilla. (Pulse to combine if using the food processor)
- Shred zucchini and add to banana/egg/oil mixture.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape flour up from the bottom and mix it in.
- Divide batter evenly between 18 greased muffin cups.
- Combine all streusel ingredients together until crumbly and divide among muffins.
- Place the muffin pans in the center of the preheated oven, and bake, until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean (about 15-20 minutes).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.
- Loosen edges with a butter knife, and remove to a wire cooling grid to finish cooling.
- Ideally, you would let it cool completely before serving, but if you’re like me, hot muffins and butter is just too tempting, so enjoy!
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