Goodbye Chickies, Hello Zucchini


Good afternoon!

I hope everyone is enjoying their St Patty’s Day so far! :)

I had another hit and a miss in the test kitchen today!

The miss:

Chocolate Chickpea Cupcakes


I adapted the recipe found here. Apparently it came from ‘Veggie Life’ Magazine. One would assume that it would taste great, but I was not a fan. It could have been my modifications which included Orange extract and cane sugar, but I am not so sure.

These tasted fairly good, but I just couldn’t get over the texture of the cake! It was so dense, but it wasn’t just that…it was a weird and foreign texture that I am just not sure any cake or cupcake should have.

Sure, they looked pretty normal…

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Way. Too. Dense.

And if I had a problem with it, I can assure you that other non-health fanatics might. So I thought this was grounds for a MISS.

So I clicked my fingers and a little BAD BAKING FAIRY arrived and cleaned up the whole mess for me! *Poof*

I wish! :D



After doing some of Wiggs fabulous ab moves (I did about 4 mins worth of the first 3 variations- OUCH!), I decided it was time to use up my GREEN zucchini and make muffins.

Perfect for St Patty’s Day!


Sweet + Spicy Zucchini Breakfast Muffins


I call them breakfast muffins because that’s exactly what I thought of when I had my first (of many!) bites. They were sweet yet wholesome and savoury. I imagined myself eating one outside on a warm morning reading the paper with a huge mug of green tea.

I adapted the recipe found here over at Fat Free Vegan (GREAT website- I highly recommend it!).

My modifications included: more and different spices, egg, cane sugar, almond breeze, turbinado sugar, etc.

The finished product blew my mind!

Talk about the PERFECT breakfast muffin:

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She is a genius, that Susan!

The Zucchini bits blended right in and adapted the taste of the muffin. Fabulous!

Suggestion: Do not even think about making these muffins without the topping! They made the muffin. I actually doubled my topping and still thought it could use more. :)

These muffins only have about 150 cals each. They also have 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre. Oh yes.

I felt so festive as I ate two of these for lunch today!


Well guys, it is time to exercise. It is SO warm and sunny out—weeeee! :)

I am hitting up a different Conservation Park today for some hiking. The intensity will be much higher today as it is mostly hills at this park. I am having so much fun mixing up my workouts lately. I can’t believe that I used to run day in and day out- there are so many other activities that I enjoy! It is fun to explore them. :)


Today’s question: What is your favourite GREEN Vegetable?




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1 amy (veganissexy) March 17, 2009

Oh yes I was just thinking of zucchini bread or muffins for St. patty’s day! How wonderful. That recipe looks perfect…..The little crumb topping is just divine! Have fun in the sun today :)


2 brandi March 17, 2009

mmm…the muffins look great!

i love broccoli! and zucchini and asparagus and…


3 Wiggs (The Beholder) March 17, 2009

Aw, your green muffins are darling!

I’m glad you started the abs – I did some this morning too. Not easy. Not easy at all. :)


4 Diana March 17, 2009

Have fun on your hike!
Cute Ribbon!


5 Elina March 17, 2009

I love how creative you are in the kitchen! Those zucchini muffins look divine :D


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 17, 2009

oooh great zucchini muffins! I love most green veggies, to be honest!


7 Amy March 17, 2009

yum yum yum!

I like how you are hiking and trying new exercises. I’m very jealous you have access to some great trails so close to home, too!


8 Amy March 17, 2009

yum yum yum!

I like how you are hiking and trying new exercises. I’m very jealous you have access to some great trails so close to home, too!


9 Priyanka March 17, 2009

Those muffins look amazing!


10 Haleigh March 17, 2009

The zucchini muffins look great! My fav green vegetable would have to be spinach or broccoli! And I agree, I am loving this sunny weather that has been around lately! :)


11 Colleen March 17, 2009

Yummy muffins!!!

My favorite green veggie is spinach, no broccoli, no zucchini, oh….I love so many of them! I’m not a fan of turnip greens though, they taste like dirt.


12 nic March 17, 2009

I just wondered who eats all your cakes, muffins and cookies… ;-)


13 Kelsey March 17, 2009

I can’t wait until to make these muffins.. I may have to go to the store right now!!


14 Kelly Turner March 17, 2009

what!? No such thing as too dense :)


15 VeggieGirl March 17, 2009

Fun baked goods!!

My favorite green vegetables = I’M OBSESSED WITH BROCCOLI AND LEAFY GREENS!!!!!


16 Holly March 17, 2009

The muffins look amazing! I want to reach into my computer screen and grab one ;o)

fav green veggie- there are so many! Definitely Broccli, mixed greens in a salad…oh! and I love a really good crunchy dill pickle!


17 Georgia March 17, 2009

I love spinach!


18 Leah March 17, 2009

Looks awesome!

I take it you ended up finding the tags feature on WLW?

For some reason I can’t find mine! gah!


19 meloncauliflower March 17, 2009

these look amazing, i love zucchini bread-like creations


20 Hayley March 17, 2009

Ooh, I adore asparagus. In fact I’m pretty sure it’s my FAVORITE vegetable! Happy St. Patty’s Day!


21 Jessica March 17, 2009

Your zucchini muffins look great and the weather sounds like it is equally as nice.

I loved using the coconut oil this morning. It’s a thick “cream” that melts into your hands quickly when rubbed together. I portioned a small amount into a tupperware container, so that I can still cook with the remainder of the jar should I choose too. I put some on my arms before showering and a smalll amoutn was still there after showering and drying off. I enjoy thick creams though, so I a thin layer more to my whole body. It dries quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feel at all. I’m going to use this several times a week – thanks!


22 Sara March 17, 2009

Those muffins look sooo good! I love all the different recipes/combinations you try. My favorite green veggie is broccoli or spinach :)


23 Violeta March 17, 2009

Green peppers, green peas & broccoli!
I just found your blog and have added you to my blogroll. Keep up the good work!


24 Marlow March 17, 2009

I love baby bok choy!! Have you ever tried using beets with chocolate to make cake? It’s delish!


25 Sarah March 17, 2009

The zucchini muffins look incredible. Wow!

As for my favorite green veggie, I’m not sure whether it would be asparagus or spinach. I love them both.


26 Susan March 17, 2009

Yummm, I LOVE zucchini muffins! And I’m jealous of the weather in Ontario, it’s still around freezing here in New Brunswick :(

Favourite green veggie = spinach, so versatile!


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