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Zucchini Muffins: Great Cragging Food!

Finished product!

Tis the season for my CSA box to be filled with lots of little green squash. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of zucchini. I’m not a big fan of any squash for that matter. But, I can’t control what we get in our box, and know that I have to take the good with the bad (I’ll eat as much kale as they throw at me). When it started a month or so ago, I seemed to have enough recipes to satisfy the stock of zucchini in my fridge. I would drown the zucchini in soups, stir frys, or sauces. Anything to mask it’s actual flavor. However, we’re now on month number two, and it’s been harder to summon the motivation or taste buds for those little green buggers.

Recently I’ve tastefully resorted to covering up the squash with sugar. Voila zucchini muffins! Below is the best recipe I’ve come up with, a good balance of sugar, crunch and breadiness. I’ve been taking them with me climbing and they last fairly well stuffed in a pack. If you are like me and find yourself with more zucchini than you know what to do with, this recipe is a lifesaver! Enjoy!

Dairy Free Zucchini Bread
Makes about 18 muffins

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 – 3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
Sugar to sprinkle on top of muffins after about 15 min of baking

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Combine first 6 ingredients. Stir together eggs and oil. Add in sugars and then zucchini. Stir walnuts into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine both mixtures. Pour into muffin pans about ¾ of the way full. Bake until muffins are golden brown on top.

The mixture before baking.

Getting ready to bake...

Climber Beth Rodden made the first ascent of what is likely Yosemite’s single hardest traditional pitch: Meltdown, a 70-foot 5.14 crack at Upper Cascade Falls. Beth lives near Yosemite and loves to bake in between climbs and travels.