Zucchini Almond Butter Blondies

I love baking but I'm all about the one bowl & keeping it simple kinda recipes- less mess and no room for error ! These blondies are exactly that, AND I've snuck in some extra nutrients while you indulge from the zucchini... Enjoy!

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Ingredients
1 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used Lakanto sweetener but you can also use coconut sugar)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
tiny pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 large zucchini, grated

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper
2. In a bowl, mix almond butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt until well combined
3. Place grated zucchini in a towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. Fold zucchini and dark chocolate chips into the mixture.
4. Pour into prepared baking pan and evenly spread the mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes
5. Let it cool slightly before serving

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

It's that time of year again.... back to school!! These Blueberry Zucchini Muffins make for a quick and easy breakfast or after school snack! Having a hard time getting veggies into your little ones, your teens or maybe even yourself!? These muffins are packed with zucchini but I promise you'll never even know it's there! These muffins also freeze well.

** To makes these school friendly (nut free) use a nut butter alternative such as sunflower seed butter.

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Makes 12

Ingredients

1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup creamy almond butter*
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup**
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 taspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

* Use sunflower seed butter for nut free version
** Increase to 1/3 cup if you want these a little sweeter

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 300ºF and line a 12-hole muffin tin.
2. Wrap the grated zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can. Set aside.
3. In a bowl, combine almond butter, honey or maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Mix with a spoon.
4. Add just 1 cup blueberries and the grated zucchini. Fold in until everything is well incorporated.
5. Portion out the batter between the 12 prepared muffin holes and top with the remaining 1/4 cup blueberries.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean
7. Allow for muffins to cool for 10 minutes before enjoying!