Last Updated on August 12, 2021 by Ellen Christian
I love muffins, but they’re usually loaded with sugar and fat. These lime zucchini muffins are the perfect solution to my muffin craving! They’re healthy enough for breakfast or a snack, but also delicious enough that you can serve them at brunch on Sunday morning.
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These easy gluten-free courgette and lime muffins have far less sugar than traditional muffins! With only a few ingredients, it’s easy to make these lightened-up treats in your own kitchen. The best part is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to bake these – just an oven and a mixing bowl will do the trick!
Lime Zucchini Muffins Recipe
I’m a huge fan of stevia because it has no calories and is all-natural. Stevia can be used in place of sugar without any negative impacts on your health or weight, but I’ve always found baking with it to be frustrating – the results never seem quite right!
Domino Sugar and Stevia Blend is the company’s newest product. It has half the calories of sugar, which means that each time you use it for baking, there are 350 fewer calories than if you were using regular white sugar!
Domino blended pure cane Domino Sugar with a naturally sweet extract from the stevia plant to create their new delicious sweetener. No artificial ingredients makes this product perfect for those conscious about what they eat who may have dietary restrictions. And, it tastes delicious in my zucchini lime muffins.
What you’ll need
- Silicone or paper muffin liners
- Large bowl and spoon
- Muffin pan
The benefits of zucchini in baked goods
A great way to encourage kids and families to eat more vegetables is by adding them in as a silent ingredient. You can do this with zucchini! With its mild flavor, this vegetable can blend in with almost any dish without giving away its presence.
It also helps add texture and moisture to baked goods and can help boost the fiber and nutrition content of your favorite recipes.
Tips and tricks for making muffins healthier
Choose whole-grain or whole wheat flour over white flour. Whole grains are delicious, nutritious, and filled with fiber to fill you up longer! The fiber will help your blood sugar stay stable, which is important for long-lasting energy that doesn’t lead to a crash later on in the day.
Choose unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. Applesauce is a delicious and nutritious substitute for oil in baked goods. It’s much healthier because it has no fat, no cholesterol, and only 4 calories per serving! Also, you can use any flavor or variety you like.
Include fiber! When you are making muffins, reach for whole-grain flours and add plenty of fiber-rich ingredients like fruits and veggies. Fiber helps keep your blood sugar level by slowing down digestion. This is important because if your blood sugar levels are high, you will crash and feel hungry again soon after eating.
Add protein! Protein not only helps to maintain muscle, but it is also filling-so it keeps you feeling full longer! Whether you add Greek yogurt or eggs to your muffins or even a scoop of whey protein powder, adding additional protein will help you feel satisfied and energized for hours to come!
Lime zucchini muffins substitution suggestions
- Change the flavor slightly by using fruit-flavored yogurt instead of plain yogurt.
- Use lemon or orange zest instead of lime.
- Use almond flavoring instead of vanilla flavoring.
- Add chopped nuts or dried fruits.
If you have lots of zucchini to use up, you might want to try this Spiced Zucchini Bread.
About Domino Sugar and Stevia Blend
Domino Light All-Natural Sugar & Stevia Blend comes in a two-pound resealable pouch which is ideal for baking. The pouch contains the same amount of sweetness as a four-pound bag of sugar. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of Domino Light in your recipes.
You can also purchase Domino Light in a 40-Count Packet Box which is ideal for coffee (and yummy). Just toss a few packets in your handbag and you won’t ever be stuck having to use something else while you’re out. I decided to try Domino Light in one of my favorite muffin recipes. This is a lightly sweet muffin recipe that I think is perfect with a cup of tea.
If I hadn’t known that I was using Domino Light in my Lime Zuicchini Muffins recipe, I never would have known. I tasted absolutely no difference at all in the taste or texture of my muffins. They were just as delicious as always.
I love that I can enjoy my baked goods with fewer calories without having to resort to artificial ingredients. This is a great way for me to watch my calories and since I cannot taste any difference, I’m going to sneak it into my husband’s baked treats too since he’s diabetic.
More muffin recipes
If you enjoyed these lime zucchini muffins, try one of these next.
- Banana Blueberry Muffins
- Apple Sauce Spice Muffins
- Maple Sugar Muffins
- Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
- Apfelkuchen Muffins
- 1 cup oil
- ¼ cup greek yogurt (plain)
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cups Domino Sugar and Stevia Blend or 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups regular or gluten free flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp lime zest
- 2 cup shredded zucchini (pressed slightly to get some water out)
- 1 tsp vanilla
Glaze (if desired):
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp lime juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and lime zest.
- Add oil, greek yogurt, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Stir in shredded zucchini.
- Divide batter evenly between either regular or mini muffin tins.
- Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes for mini muffins OR 30 minutes for regular muffins. Let the muffins cool before removing them from the pan.
- If you would like to add a glaze. Stir together powdered sugar and lime juice, until creamy. Drizzle on top, once the muffins have cooled.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 5g
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