Zucchini Bread Muffins

I forgot sweltering heat existed.

I feel like being very pregnant + COVID running rampant last summer meant I stayed indoors and near a fan at all times.

This summer, we’re already getting out and about more than last year. I’ve been looking forward to all of the adventures! But I’ve been remiss in underestimating my old foe the sun.

We took Lou to the pool for the first time yesterday. She did so good and we all had so much fun. I had her in this Lisa Frank inspired swimsuit. It was one of those long sleeve ones meant to guard them from the sun. Well, I want to call Target and demand some answers because my baby got sunburned through her swimmy suit!!!!!! I am exaggerating ever so slightly – there was like a hint of redness on her chubby elbows, but still! I didn’t dunk the child in sunscreen for there to be redness on her! I had major mom guilt for several hours last night until Garrett calmed me down and reminded me she’ll experience much worse in her life.

Then I couldn’t sleep imaging her first heartbreak and the toll it will take on me, I mean her.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2-1 cup of mini chocolate chips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Wrap zucchini shreds in a kitchen towel + wring out all the water you can
  • In a bowl, combine flour + baking soda + baking powder + cinnamon + S
  • Stir in milk + PB + vanilla extract + banana until well combined
  • Fold in zucchini + chocolate chips
  • Line a muffin tin with cups + spray with baking spray
  • Evenly divide mix + top with more chocolate chips, if it tickles your fancy
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Skip your nightly Oreos + eat all of these bad boys one night instead

Adapted from here!

Spiced Applesauce Bundt Cake

I have very little in common with people whose favorite season isn’t fall.

The colors, the cool, crisp air, the activities, the smells!

I would add candles to the list, specifically, but I gave up on my beloved fall food scented candles because come to find out they are quite toxic??? Shucks.

But really it’s the weather for me. I would blame it on the giant human in my uterus, but I’ve noticed this trend in me for a couple of years – I cannot STAND being hot. Like, even for a few minutes. If I know I’m going to be outdoors in the heat, I feel like I have to prepare – plenty of water, snacks, shade, etc. The fall gives me the very best reprieve. Like, in the mornings here in CO it’s so chilly – like 40s, 50s. By 2pm it’s 80 & I’m sweltering. I’m not OK with it. I need to hit that good good fall stride, ya know? Max of 65 on any given day is my sweet spot.

And then I’ll probably start complaining once winter actually comes.

Time: 1 hour (prep + baking) | Serves: 1 bundt cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of S
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine applesauce + brown sugar + oil + vinegar + vanilla
  • Sift in flour + baking soda + S + cinnamon + nutmeg + ginger + whisk until combined
  • Fill a greased bundt cake pan with the mix
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • While the cake cools, combine cream cheese + butter + powdered sugar in a bowl
  • Beat with a hand mixer
  • Warm for 20 seconds in the microwave or until thick but pourable
  • Once cake is cool, turn over + get it out of the mold
  • Place cake on a rack over a lined baking sheet + pour glaze on top
  • Serve warm or room temp
  • Sit out on your deck with a slice of cake + a warm mug of something + just breathe in that beautiful, basic fall air + be blessed

Adapted from here!

Blueberry Swirl Bread

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I have…run out of things to talk about….

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I usually have a funny or at least borderline entertaining anecdote to share after the weekend.

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But when you do the same thing four weekends in a row, it all starts to blur.

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I finished a puzzle. We watched Ozark. I’m reading a book. Sometimes I nap. It’s getting wild up in here, is what I’m trying to say. I really just feel like a worthless bump on a leg, quite honestly. I’d prefer to feel a little more useful while in quarantine but I have no skills. I can’t sew masks for hospital workers, I can’t provide any services to those in need. What am I good for, seriously? Do you all know of any way I can contribute to society from the comforts of my home? I need to do SOMETHING.

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I can’t keep making bread, I’m going to actually explode.

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of plain almond milk
  • 6 3/4 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 5 tbsp. of vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of blueberry jam

How to:

  • Warm the milk in a sauce pan to 98.6-113 degrees
  • Turn off heat, stir in yeast + 1 tbsp. of sugar, let activate for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine flour + remaining sugar + S in a bowl
  • Stir in yeast mixture + softened butter
  • Mix with your hands until combined + knead for 8-10 minutes or until a dough forms
  • Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover with a dish towel + let rise for an hour
  • Place on a lightly floured surface + knead for a while longer until air is out
  • Roll out the dough to a rectangle
  • Spread with blueberry jam
  • Roll up the dough taco style (long ways)
  • Transfer to a greased baking dish
  • Obvio, it won’t fit like this, so just smash it all around, folding the dough in on top of itself, this is gonna give you your swirls
  • Cover with a dish towel + let rest another 45 minutes
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 355
  • Brush loaf with a lil more milk
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool more
  • Serve warm or room temp
  • Slather a slice with a lil vegan butter + slap on face, repeat with remaining slices until totally covered in bread

 

Adapted from here!