Zucchini Carrot Breakfast Muffin
This breakfast muffin is a yummy way to start your day and get a head start on your daily fruit and vegetable requirements (5-7 servings each day). It’s perfect with a dish of fresh fruit for breakfast, a warm bowl of soup at lunchtime, or a mid-afternoon snack.
2 cups shredded carrot
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped peeled apple
¾ cup unsweetened coconut
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup date or cane sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup ground flaxseed, optional
3 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup light olive, nut OR coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Gently toss together carrot, zucchini, apple, coconut, raisins and nuts; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and ground flaxseed.
Combine eggs, oil, and vanilla in separate bowl; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened batter will be very thick). Fold in the carrot mixture.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Carrots: Anti-inflammatory. Studies show that just one carrot a day could cut lung cancer risk in half. That’s probably due to their extremely high vitamin A content, which is vital to promoting lung health. They’re also rich in beta-carotene which is associated with preventing lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestinal, bladder, prostate, and breast cancers.
Zucchini: Because dietary fiber promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. Moreover, the vitamins C and A, as well as folate, found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer.
Coconut is a great antibiotic. Half of the saturated fat content is converted by the body into monolaurin, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral compound. Monolaurin is the absolute enemy of many disease-causing germs, and may play a role in attacking cancer as well.