Goodbye Chickies, Hello Zucchini

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 17, 2009

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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amy (veganissexy) March 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

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 :)


brandi March 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

mmm…the muffins look great!

i love broccoli! and zucchini and asparagus and…


Wiggs (The Beholder) March 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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. :)


Diana March 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Have fun on your hike!
Cute Ribbon!


Elina March 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

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


Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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


Amy March 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm

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!


Amy March 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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!


Priyanka March 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Those muffins look amazing!


Haleigh March 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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! :)


Colleen March 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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.


nic March 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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


Kelsey March 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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


Kelly Turner March 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

what!? No such thing as too dense :)


VeggieGirl March 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Fun baked goods!!

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


Holly March 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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!


Georgia March 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I love spinach!


Leah March 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Looks awesome!

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

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


meloncauliflower March 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm

these look amazing, i love zucchini bread-like creations


Hayley March 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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


Jessica March 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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!


Sara March 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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


Violeta March 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm

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


Marlow March 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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


Sarah March 17, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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.


Susan March 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

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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