I love to have easy grab and go snacks on hand. Not only for my little boys, but for this hungry mama who needs quick nourishment between meetings.
Personally, I’m a big fan of making a weekly batch (or two!) of flavourful and nutrient dense muffins. One of the staples for this is my grain-free Morning Glory Muffins. However, I’ve got a new one to add to the weekly lineup. That’s my Blueberry Zucchini Muffins.
This skin-loving recipe combines the sweetness of wild blueberries with the goodness of garden-grown zucchini. These perfectly spiced and hearty muffins are not only gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free but also loaded with the incredible skin health benefits of these two superstar ingredients.
Wild blueberries are like little bursts of flavour and nutrition packed into each tiny berry. Besides being incredibly delicious, they’re chock-full of antioxidants, especially anthocyanins, which give them their vibrant blue hue. These antioxidants work wonders in fighting excess free radicals and oxidative stress in the body.
Here’s why this is important:
Excess free radicals and oxidative stress are major acne culprits. Bonus? Reducing these acne players also slows down premature aging of the skin (read: less fine lines).
Who knew zucchini could be a secret weapon for healthier skin? This humble garden veggie is a rich source of vitamins A and C, both essential for maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin A helps repair and renew skin cells, while vitamin C promotes collagen production, giving your skin that plump and supple look. Zucchini also contains water, which helps keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
Finding the right all-purpose gluten-free flour can be a bit of a challenge. We want our muffins to be not just delicious but also good for our bodies. Unfortunately, some gluten-free flour blends on the market are heavily processed and packed with refined starches like corn starch, potato starch and white rice flour, which can cause blood sugar spikes and wreak havoc on our skin.
Good news. There are a plethora of healthier gluten-free flour alternatives. Look for flours made from nutrient-dense ingredients like garbanzo bean/chickpeas, brown rice, sorghum or quinoa. These flours not only add a nutty flavor to your muffins but also provide valuable nutrients and dietary fiber. Check the notes section of the recipe for two of my favourites.
Now let’s get baking some tasty AF Blueberry Zucchini Muffins!