You know those mornings when you are completely exhausted and really don't want to get out of bed, but then you remember the delicious breakfast you have waiting for you downstairs and you jump up like a little kid? No, just me? Well, this is totally one of those breakfasts. And if you don't know what I am talking about, then you will after you pop these babies in the oven!
(makes about 12 muffins, 10 min prep, 25-30 min bake)
Ingredients: 2 medium zucchinis, 1 medium banana, 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon organic gluten free vanilla extract, 1/3 cup raw cacao, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons sea salt, 3/4 cup almond flour, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup raw organic honey, 3/4 cup coconut flour, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons baking soda (gluten free chocolate chips and almonds optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash and cut the tops off of 2 medium zucchinis and slice into smaller sections. Add the zucchini pieces to a blender with 4 large eggs and 1 medium banana. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until the zucchini is completely blended. (If you don't do bananas, you can substitute for 1/2 an avocado).
- Add 1 tablespoon organic gluten free vanilla extract, 1/3 cup raw cacao, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup raw organic honey, 2 teaspoons sea salt, and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the blender. Blend again on high for about 30 seconds or until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Add 3/4 cup almond flour, 3/4 cup coconut flour, and 2 teaspoons baking soda to the blender. Blend again on high for about 30 second or until the ingredients are well mixed. Optional: stir in gluten free chocolate chips, if desired. I used the semi-sweet mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life.
- Pour the batter into silicone muffin cups. Optional: finely chop almonds and sprinkle on top of the batter with extra gluten chocolate chips.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until baked all the way through, let cool, and enjoy.
Cacao, chili powder, and chocolate are all wonderful sources of manganese, a mineral that is critical for skin and skeletal health that also acts as a co-factor for metabolic processes in the body. Combined with the zucchini, which is also a great source of manganese, these muffins help the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. Manganese also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, and normal brain & nerve function.
<< Did you know? >> A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.