RECIPE: Carrot Zucchini Pineapple Oat Muffins

These muffins are packed with healthy stuff. Seriously, they are like a mini carrot cake meets zucchini bread meets healthy muffins. You can pump up the sugar if you want, but I was trying to keep these low in points. The pineapple and carrots give the muffins a natural sweetness for me, but my family said they needed a boost of sweetenss. If you want something sweeter, double the brown sugar.

Carrot Zucchini Pineapple Oat Muffins

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
3/4 cup whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup of steel cut oats 
1 tablespoon of baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice 
1 cup of crushed pineapple and juice 
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar 
2 eggs 
1/2 cup of yogurt 
1/2 cup of shredded carrots 
1 teaspoon of vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 
dash of salt 
1/2 cup of shredded zucchini, tossed with a dash of salt 

Let salted zucchini sit in a colander to drain. Squeeze excess water. Preheat oven to 375˚.

Line muffin pan with parchment paper. Whisk together the flours, steel cut oats, baking powder, baking soda and spices. In another bowl whisk together the pineapple, yogurt, the brown sugar, the eggs, zucchini and carrots. Let sit for 10 minutes so the oat groats soak up some moisture and soften up.

Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just flour is moistened. Fill muffin cups evenly with batter, about two thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean- about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about five minutes and then remove to let cool completely.

I like to freeze these and heat them up during the week

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