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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Zucchini Muffins

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Remember Zucchini muffins? They were popular in the '60s and '70s with the "health food nuts." Then we kind of forgot about them and carrot cake took off and became a staple in every diner in America. But I think Zucchini cake and muffins are even better.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple, drained or 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 muffin pans (this recipe makes 24 muffins), or use paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the oil, eggs, zucchini, pineapple, sunflower seeds, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Fill muffin cups 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.