I don’t bake much in the summertime (um, at all, if I’m honest), but when Wee friend and contributor Katie Cavuto told me she created a recipe that was the best thing she’s ever baked, I was intrigued. (Katie, as you might remember, is a professional chef, registered dietitian, author, and more*.) Not only has she never led us astray with a simple, delicious, kid-friendly recipe (see this, this and this — and her curried quinoa with butternut squash is one of my favorites every fall), but because she’s an integrative dietitian, her recipes are nearly always nutritious and focused on whole foods.
Anyway, back to the best recipe ever: The chocolate cashew butter zucchini muffins (flourless muffins, if we’re getting technical) are smooth and rich and debaucherous-tasting, but they are packed with stuff that’s good for you — and, as a bonus, they are total kid-pleasers for breakfast, snacks and dessert. (Just imagine them in mini-size!) Also, as Katie points out on her own blog, the recipe is also an amazing way to use the massive amounts of zucchini that come in your CSA, if you have that issue.
Rather than copy and re-run her own post in its entirety here, I’m going to lure you in with the very simple, very healthy ingredient list, then throw you over to her fab blog for the whole recipe. (A blog, I should add, that’s both helpful and uplifting to us busy mom types.) Check it out:
Ingredients for the Chocolate Cashew Butter Zucchini Muffins
1/2 cup unsweetened, unsalted cashew butter (or almond butter)
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shredded zucchini, drain excess water using a dish towel
1/4 cup extra-dark chocolate chips
Check out the rest of the recipe here — and enjoy!
*Contributor bio: Katie Cavuto is the official dietitian of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Flyers, as well as a chef, writer and nutrition expert who offers corporate and private nutrition counseling and cooking classes. She’s also a local and regional TV and media personality whose writing and voice has appeared in Parents magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, Philadelphia magazine, and Women’s Health (among other publications). Katie also plays the role of mom: Son Hudson is five. You can follow her on social media @katiecavutord.
Photo of muffins courtesy of NourishBreatheThrive.com; photo of Katie courtesy of Rachel Utain-Evans.