Blueberry Zucchini Muffins! Paired with milk, these muffins are a nutritious way to start the day and fuel your family!
I can’t believe the summer is coming to an end, and soon my children will be heading back to school. We have a few more trips planned and I’m trying to squeeze in as many last minute fun, summer activities as possible. Trips to the pool, one last trip to Chicago and Milwaukee and as many play dates that we can fit into one day, in between.
It was my plan to sign the girls up for swimming lessons, and of course, the summer and all of our trips got the best of me and now we’re signing up in the fall. The topic of swimming lessons would usually cause my youngest to scream and say “No, I don’t want to take lessons!” but after watching Team USA at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, both of my girls have a renewed desire to want to do something more active. And even though both loved watching all of the amazing gymnastics routines, they do not want to sign up for gymnastics. Go figure.
We took the kids to the pool the other day and my friends and I took turns taking Madeline around the pool, with a floaty attached to her. When she was younger, she accidentally slipped and went under the water in the pool and my husband pulled her out quickly; but this incident is still burned into her memory so taking swimming lessons wasn’t something she wanted to do. . until now.
My baby is growing up.
As a mother, I want my children to excel and be great at whatever they put their minds to. Sports, ballet, their school work, making friends and everything else. I’m here to support them, encourage them, cheer them on and make sure I am feeding them the right balanced foods to help them grow.
I am building champions, after all.
All parents are.
There’s so much emphasis on the end result, especially when it comes to sports, games, and well, anything competitive. We definitely believe in encouraging our children to do their absolute best and to practice, prepare and to everything they have to do to train for whatever it is that they are setting out to accomplish. I like to focus on the process and helping my kids get there.
To whatever they are dreaming of doing, or accomplishing.
In my mind, milk is essential for my children. Milk has 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounce glass. It’s simple, wholesome, affordable and naturally nutrient-rich. Milk has nutrition that every kid needs.
I’m thankful that my children’s school gives them morning milk with their snack and cold milk to buy in the cafeteria during lunchtime. I also make sure my daughters drink a glass of milk with dinner every single night.
Along with drinking milk, children need to be eating a balanced diet and nutritious foods. Both help to fuel the dreams and imaginations of our children.
Thankfully, my kids eat their fruits and vegetables. And sometimes you just have to add the vegetables in baked treats. These Blueberry Zucchini Muffins are so delicious and are the perfect treats to fuel your family! For breakfast or a snack, these muffins are a must try!
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Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 heaping cup mashed ripe bananas
- 1 cup grated zucchini; skin on
- 1 cup blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly spray a muffin pan with non-stick baking spray or line a muffin pan with liners and set aside. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and mix together. Let sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
- Using a large mixing bowl, add in the flax egg, and mix with the coconut sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Mix in the bananas, grated zucchini, and the blueberries and stir to combine. Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake for about 25 to 28 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for at least 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a glass of milk.
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Your daughters are the cutest, Alice! Sounds like they have the best mom and role-model looking out for them. These muffins sound incredible! I’ve never tried zucchini with blueberries before, so I’m loving this muffin!
Gayle, thank you so much and I know it might sound like a strange combination . . but these muffins are fabulous!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
What little cutie pies, Alice! They are just the sweetest!!
Love this combo of muffin with blueberry and zucchini. I bet they are super moist. Yum!
Have a great weekend 🙂
Hi Dawn, they are indeed!!! Thank you so much!
Melanie @ Gather for Bread says
The girls are so sweet! What a perfect combo for a muffin.
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Your little ones are absolutely adorable! I’m loving these muffins – blueberries and zucchini is the perfect end of summer combination 🙂
Your daughters are so adorable, Alice! You’re lucky school isn’t in yet for you…mine have been in for 2 weeks already! These muffins are perfect and are going on my breakfast menu — I love all the goodness you’ve packed in them!
Oh, the memories of getting set for the first day of school. A fun and exhausting time—so I’m glad you’re savoring the last days of summer. These muffins look wonderful for kids and parents alike! Mine still would drink milk with theirs.
lynn @ the actor's diet says
Your kids are adorable. And I love the idea of these muffins – two of my favorites rolled into one.
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
Your girls are so cute!! When I was their age, I had little interest in being active or eating healthy foods – whoops! It’s great you are getting them started early. These muffins look like the perfect school day breakfast 🙂
Ashley - The Recipe Rebel says
My girls LOVE milk and I think it’s such a good thing! Full of so many things they need to keep growing! I have a couple zucchini in the fridge just waiting to be used — these are perfect!
This summer flew by so quickly..good luck with the first day of school! Ours doesn’t start until Tuesday so we’ve been trying to cram in as much as we can before then. These yummy muffins are the perfect healthy snack. Love the blueberry and zucchini combo!