Ugly Duckling Muffins (v, lf)

A mix of apple, carrot and zucchini, with just a hint of sweetness
Vegan, low in sugar and low in fat
Makes 16 standard sized muffins
Original post (with pictures and nutritional information) here


1 cup plain flour
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp mixed spice
1 - 2 tbsp brown sugar (I used 1 tbsp, but adjust to taste)

2 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 1 cup of water for at least 10 minutes
1/2 cup sweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp soy milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp vanilla

1 medium zucchini, grated
2 small carrots, grated
1 small apple, grated
1 small apple, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 180'C and prepare muffin tins.

2. Soak the chia seeds in water and grate the zucchini, carrot and 1 apple (I used a grater attachment on a food processor). Chop the second apple.

3. Combine the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, baking soda, spice, sugar) in a very large mixing bowl.

4. Add the soaked chia seeds and water, apple sauce, soy milk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. The mixture will seem quite dense at this stage.

5. Add the grated zucchini, carrots and apple, and the chopped apple. Mix thoroughly.

6. Divide between 16 regular muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes at 180'C. Then reduce the heat to 160'C and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

The muffins should be just set in the middle and slightly brown on top. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before removing and cooling completely.