If you’re looking for an organic, grain free recipe for breakfast, this is it!! Our Brown Sugar Grain Free Zucchini Muffins are soft, moist, and delicious!
We’ve teamed up with Kroger for this post as we wanted to use specific brands that will help your gluten free breakfast recipes not turn out flat and dense. Gluten free cooking can be tricky, but we are going to fill you in on everything you need to know. And, there’s a huge sale we got insider information about so I’ll fill you in on coupons too because heaven knows I love a good deal on pantry and fridge staples!
I went back and forth and all over for this recipe but finally settled on coconut flour muffins because, 1. zucchini season is about to be all up in our business, 2. back to school ALWAYS comes faster than we anticipate and you’re going to be shoving muffins into mouths as they run out the door. (I know, you can’t decide if that’s good or bad) and 3. These grain free muffins are perfect for balancing out holiday eating and getting down to business once New Year’s resolutions hit. In other words, this can be a staple in your home all year long.
How to Make Brown Sugar Grain Free Zucchini Muffins
In order to make coconut flour muffins fluffy we discovered that it’s best to decrease the flour a little and add in some baking soda. Coconut Flour makes things a little heavy and grainy and holy moly does it absorb liquid so you don’t need as much as you would all purpose flour.
Is Coconut Flour Gluten Free?
Coconut flour is a bit lighter than almond flour, which makes it perfect for cakes, muffins and breads.
Further, it is gluten free, high in fiber and low in carbohydrates, making it an ideal ingredient for celiacs, diabetics and those concerned with GI (glycemic index).
The zucchini and banana are not only great ways to get in some extra nutrients (as opposed to a certain famous chocolate muffin the size of your hand), but since the coconut flour soaks up the liquid you’re going to want something to help the muffins stay moist.
Are Zucchinis Healthy for You?
You’ll surely be impressed with the nutritional bounty that zucchini offers.
It’s low-calorie (with only 17 calories per 100 grams) and high in fiber, and has no cholesterol or unhealthy fats.
In fact, a zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
FAQ About Coconut Flour
What is Coconut Flour
Organic coconut flour is a healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. It is ground from dried coconut meat.
How to Store Coconut Flour
While all-purpose hangs out in a cool dark place, any opened packages of coconut flour should be in the refrigerator, so it can last up to 4-5 months or in the freezer for up to 9 months.
Why is Coconut Flour Better for You?
Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein, and is free from wheat and other grains which is good for those who have an intolerance. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories.
How to Substitute with Coconut Flour
It’s a little more tricky than other baking substitutions when it comes to how to substitute with coconut flour. Because it is so absorbent you’ll want to do about 1/4 cup for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour. And we found that you generally need to increase the eggs used in the recipe as well.
Can You Freeze Grain Free Zucchini Muffins Made with Coconut Flour?
Things baked with Coconut flour store better in the freezer.
Store them in the freezer, and only thaw what you plan to eat in 24 hrs.
Thaw at room temperature overnight, and eat the next day.
What Does Organic Mean Anyway
I hear you, everyone talks about organic but what does that mean? It’s basic meaning is that it’s free of synthetic additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and cannot not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering and this is all according to the USDA. The remaining 5% may only be foods or processed with additives on an approved list. Organic is food grown just like your ancestors would have done it. Into the ground, out of the ground, into your tummies.
Many studies say that the environmental impact is lower in organic farming because there aren’t all of the chemicals being added. Only time will reveal more on the subject.
How to Buy Organic Ingredients and NOT Break the Bank
A few years ago you may have spent your life savings on trying to buy better quality ingredients for your family, and in fact you may have stopped trying because no matter how much you love your children, you can’t make money appear out of thin air. But that’s just not the way it is anymore.
We are no different than you, we like to find a good deal and we love coupons that help us keep money in our bank accounts, so I’m always going to tell you if there’s a good deal. This is exactly why we are doing this post with Kroger. We found out that the Simple Truth Organic ingredients we already buy, and are already WAY BETTER priced than many other organic products are going on sale!
Where to Buy Coconut Flour
Ok, July 9th through July 26th you can download $100 worth of coupons at OrganicsEveryDay.com and shop at Kroger for a big ol’ selection of organics without going to some far away, inconvenient store where everything is hard to find and over priced. I’m not saying those stores are bad, they aren’t, but the truth is, I’ve reached an age of errands, I’m running all over and I don’t have time to not be smart about my shopping and to-do list anymore. I want easy, I want quality and I want good prices. Kroger has become my destination for organics. It’s organized in a smart way, it’s easy to get to and the selection is huge compared to many other stores. As in, this is not just one shelf. 😉
Brown Sugar Grain Free Zucchini Muffins
Brown Sugar Grain Free Zucchini Muffins
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Simple Truth Organic Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Simple Truth Organic Butter, melted (see note)
- 1 Cup Zucchini, finely shredded, do not squeeze out water
- 1/2 Cup Simple Truth Organic Coconut Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Pinch Ground Cloves
- 1 Banana, mashed, about 1/2 Cup
For the topping
- 2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter and zucchini.
- Add in the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir together.
- Fold in the banana.
- Spoon the muffin tin 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 Minutes or until the tops bounce back when touched.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Dip the top of the muffin in the coconut oil and then in the brown sugar mixture.
- Repeat for all muffins.
I know a lot of families that need gluten free and dairy free breakfast ideas and these muffins are my favorite!