Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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Do you ever find yourself with a surplus of a specific food? And then trying so many different ways to use it cause you don’t want it to go to waste? Recently, I have somehow managed to keep acquiring zucchini. I don’t really mind cause zucchini is so versatile and there are many different things you can make with it. Sometimes, I will throw it in tomato sauce for my pasta to add some extra flavor and texture. Other times a simple saute in olive oil with some salt and pepper does the trick. It is also great in eggs, or shredded and thrown into pancakes. Mixing shredded zucchini into pancake batter is actually one of my 2 year olds favorite cooking tasks. And it is a great way to get her to eat some extra veggies too!

healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Making gluten free zucchini bread is another great way to use up zucchini. And you can totally make more than one at the same time (if you have multiple pans) and freeze for later. When looking for a good recipe online, to use my surplus of zucchinis, I noticed a lot of zucchini bread recipes used a ton of sugar. While I like my gluten free zucchini bread to be a little sweet, I don’t want it to be a super sweet dessert. So I ended up taking my Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe and changed it up to make my gluten free zucchini bread. The first try wasn’t what I wanted (too sweet and over baked) but the second try hit the spot.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Full Fat or 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (plus a few extra for sprinkling on top

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Add flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir until uniform. Add wet ingredients (zucchini, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract) and mix together. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top if desired. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Healthy gluten free zucchini bread with chocolate chips
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Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins
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Who wants to have their cake and eat it too? Definitely me. I have a big sweet tooth and love love love cookies, brownies, cake, chocolate…basically any dessert. I will eat it. And that’s ok. I don’t say no to something if I really want it, except of course if it is something that I know will wreak havoc on my intestines. And even in that case I just find something comparable that I can eat and enjoy. So when I realized easter was coming up and I was craving carrot cake, I wanted to make my own version that was gluten free, not super sweet, and full of those carrot cake spices. So I made these healthy carrot cake muffins for myself, and I guess my husband too, but mostly myself.

 

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a snack, these healthy carrot cake muffins are made with almond flour so they are also gluten free!

 

When I first made these healthy carrot cake muffins, I made a version that was a little higher in sugar (1/2 cup maple syrup instead of a 1/4 cup). It was good, but a little too sweet for a muffin, it reminded me more of a cupcake. And while I don’t really give my 15 month old daughter things with added sugar very often, I did put a few pieces of the muffin on her plate towards the end of dinner. I expected her to gobble it all down immediately but she didn’t. She had a few bites and then actually left some on her plate. While she did eat some of it, and enjoy it (she indicated this by making “mmmm” sounds), she listened to her body and stopped when she was full. I feel like that is a great lesson for us all!

 

Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins

 

So how can you stop eating more than what you need? You are likely not a baby if you are reading this post (If you are, congratulations on reading so early!), so you might feel like you have lost some of your ability to self regulate. Most of us preserve this function until about 2 years old but after that, external instead of internal cues can be more influential if we are not careful. I’m sure many of you were told growing up that you needed to “clean your plate,” and that there were “starving children” somewhere, and you were being wasteful. It was a different time then, and we know so much more now how these practices undermine our ability to self regulate. One thing I like to do is to take smaller portion sizes. If I am hungry I allow myself to get more, but it gives me time to pause and ask myself “am I still hungry?” or “do I really want more?” instead of just mindlessly eating everything off my heaping plate.

 

Gluten free healthy carrot cake muffins

 

Anyways…lets get to those healthy carrot cake muffins. In order to turn a carrot cake with a limited amount of nutrients, into something healthier that is absolutely still delicious, I changed up a few ingredients and made it into muffins for easier portion control. Instead of all-purpose flour (very little nutrients) I went with an almond flour. Never tried baking with almond flour before? It’s amazing. It is basically ground up almonds so you are getting healthy fats, protein, fiber plus other vitamins and minerals. It is really light and fluffy and…I just love the almond flavor. Because the almond flour contains fat in it, I don’t usually see the need to add any extra oil. So instead, I used some applesauce to give it some natural sweetness so I can cut back on the maple syrup.

 

Oh and if you do want more of a cupcake then a muffin, just follow the recipe below but increase the maple syrup to 1/2 cup.

 

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients

2 Cups Almond Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Finely Shredded Carrots (about 3 carrots)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 muffin-muffin tin with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. In a separate medium size bowl lightly beat eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients slowly into flour mixture until consistent throughout. Fold in carrots.  Fill muffin tin with batter evenly, about 1/2 to 3/4 way. Place in preheated oven and cook for 18-20 min or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Use a knife or fork to loosen edges of muffins and remove from tin. Serve or keep in an airtight container until ready to eat.
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Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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It’s been awhile since I posted a new recipe here on my website, so today, I wanted to share with you a super delish and amazingly easy spinach artichoke dip. And I promise you, it is well worth the wait. I have been wanting to make a healthier spinach artichoke dip for awhile now but just hadn’t had the time or the right occasion to do it. A last minute get together for New Year’s Eve provided me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at lightening up the usually high saturated fat, calorie laden dip, without decreasing its delicious factor.

 

How did I do this? Well, a lot of spinach artichoke dips contain boatload of cream cheese, mayonnaise, or both, which adds a lot of calories and saturated fat. Not that these ingredients are inherently bad, but when you are shoveling a delicious dip in your mouth, the saturated fat and calories can really add up quickly. So instead of cutting out the cream cheese completely, (cause you gotta have some creaminess factor for your spinach artichoke dip), I used a combination of reduced fat cream cheese, nonfat greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese. I felt that it was the perfect amount. The dip wasn’t too dry (all veggies and no “dip”), nor were the veggies over saturated. It also had great flavor, and no one could taste the yogurt. After I gathered all my ingredients I just mixed them all together in the pan I was going to bake it in (less clean up) and popped it in the oven…. and that is pretty much it!

Easy Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turned out! You can do this by commenting here on my website or snapping a pic and tagging me @delishnnutrish on instagram or on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/delishnnutrish/.

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
10 Ounce Box of Frozen Chopped Spinach
9 Ounce Box of Frozen Artichoke Hearts
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
4 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
1/2 Cup Nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Pinch of Salt
Dash of Ground Pepper

Directions
Thaw frozen veggies according to package directions and ensure spinach is drained well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up artichoke hearts into bite sized pieces. Add everything to a 8×8 glass baking dish and mix well. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
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