Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vegan lemon blueberry zucchini muffins with pecan streusel

vegan lemon blueberry zucchini muffins with pecan streusel

In a perfect world, Baby June wouldn’t have to slave for hours over her laptop struggling to overcome creative constipation and googling how to write fight scenes because to be honest, she has not been in a fistfight in her life and she’s not really sure how she feels about that since it is now such a crucial thing to know for this goddamn story.

She would also not feel the temptation to stop mid-sentence and run to the kitchen for some good ol’ procrastibaking. Because procrastibaking is a very dangerous thing.

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Ah, the struggle. source

Also, I do think a perfect world would not have nearly as much zucchini as this one, because holy shit we are really fucking sick of those things by now and our freezer is already overflowing with zucchini bread all packed away for the winter.

My mother told me that in the colder seasons, I’ll be grateful for all of these zucchinis. Not so, mama. I was perfectly happy baking with chocolate chips and stuff, not green squashy vegetables. 

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Probably is. source

But I really shouldn’t talk about that for too much longer or I might end up having a rage-induced seizure and wake up only to find that whoop-de-doo, I have a quick bread allergy. And I do like quick breads, so that would be tragic.

Thankfully, it is possible to live this idea of the perfect world through one’s fiction writing. For example, my sexy ass-kicking heroine does not have to eat summer squash at any point in the story. Magical, isn’t it? There are also plenty of scenes with food in them, of course: lots of American pancakes and French toast and Neapolitan pizza and Mexican hot chocolate. Hopefully my future readers won’t realize I’m projecting.

So what does this have to do with the muffin recipe for today? Absolutely nothing. But you tend to get a little obsessive when you have a self-inflicted draft deadline in less than three weeks. My apologies.

vegan lemon blueberry zucchini muffins with pecan streusel

I am proud to say that this recipe is very seasonal. It has two whole seasonal ingredients—blueberries and zucchini—which is incredible by Baby June’s standards. Makes you feel rather virtuous as you shove them into your cakehole.

So here it is. Another day, another use for zucchini. Enjoy.


Blueberry lemon zucchini muffins

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, July & August 2014



680 grams • zucchini, shredded • 1 ½ pounds

248 grams • brown sugar • 1 ¼ cups

54 grams • vegetable oil • ¼ cup

110 grams • bananas, mashed • ½ cup

4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon

Zest of one lemon

212 grams • all-purpose flour • 1 ½ cups

77 grams • whole wheat flour • ½ cup

9 grams • salt • 1 ½ teaspoons

5 grams • baking powder • 1 teaspoon

4 grams • baking soda • 1 teaspoon

160 grams • blueberries • 1 cup


110 grams • brown sugar • ½ cup, packed

65 grams • all-purpose flour • ½ cup

113 grams • nondairy margarine, softened • ½ cup

Handful of chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease or line with paper liners sixteen cupcake tins and set aside.

To make streusel, combine brown sugar and all-purpose flour in a bowl. Cut in margarine using your fingers until the mixture looks like wet sand. Stir in pecans.

Place zucchini in center of a dish towel. Gather the ends together and twist them to drain as much liquid as humanly possible. You should be able to wring out about ½ cup to 2/3 cup of liquid.

Whisk brown sugar, oil, bananas, vanilla, and lemon zest in a medium bowl, then fold in zucchini. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Fold in wet mixture just until incorporated, then fold in blueberries. Divide batter between cupcake tins. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of streusel on top of each muffin.

Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool for ten minutes before removing from tins to cool completely on a wire rack. Munch.

vegan lemon blueberry zucchini muffins with pecan streusel
Notice the carefully arranged blueberries.

In these muffins, we have found a rare upside to procrastibaking—both in using up squash and discovering a new and fabulous muffin recipe. Lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations, one that I don’t use nearly enough, and it is those two ingredients that take these muffins to the next level. Literally from level one (dry and crumbly health food muffins) to level two (moist and sweet and delicious and with a perfect crumb). I think level three is cupcakes, so we can’t have that if we want to be able to eat these for breakfast while maintaining one’s sense of virtuousness.

And that is a very important thing to keep in mind.


  1. Mmmm, even if you are just stuck with that one main ingredient, I'd say you're doing a mighty fine job of disguising it, so versatile :D These muffins look yummy! I tried to make courgette cupcakes once, savoury ones, but I was a little undecided on what I thought of them, these - would go down a treat! Now that I work in a kitchen I crave dessert all day cause I cook mains most of my time during the shifts!
    I just finished reading A Hat Full of Sky today on my random day off, and hopefully in the future, I will read about Neapolitan Pizza fist fights, that'd be wonderful ^ ^ Good look with your writing for the next coming weeks, and don't worry if you gotta procrastibake from time to time (loved that word by the way :D), a heroine needs her fuel to power through the words!

    1. Haha yes! I can see it now: "Neapolitan Pizza Fist Fights: an epic novel of courage and tomato sauce". And I'm glad you're okay with all of this zucchini stuff, it sure is tough to think of ways to use it...hope you have a great rest of your week! :D