Beautiful Zucchini Scuffins

Hi Readers!
Do you ever just want to bake? I can go months without baking and then I will bake every night for a week. I read Angela’s blog and saw her Scuffins last week and knew I wanted to make them. Then, I read Janna’s blog and saw her remake of the scuffins with zucchinis – guess what, I have a bunch of zucchinis to use. Guess what: I made zucchini scuffins.
I used the same recipe Janna used, with a few changes. (original recipe)
“Healthy Zucchini Power Scuffins”
1 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice (OR: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger)
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup regular oats
1 cup shredded or grated (approx 2 medium) zucchini
1/4 cup golden raisins – all I had in the cupboard, you could swap for craisins, regular raisins, etc
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts – mine we just chopped, nothing fancy!
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In a large sized bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Using a food processor or grater, process/grate the zucchini. In a medium sized bowl mix together the wet ingredients (carrots, vanilla, oil, maple syrup, egg). Add wet to dry and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the walnuts and raisins. Scoop mixture onto a baking sheet lined with foil or greased with oil. Scoop about 1/4 cup for each Scuffin to make 6 large scuffins. Wet hands and shape into a circle if desired. Bake for 25 minutes at 350F.
Into the oven they go:
They were huge! I probably used too much zucchini and should have made more smaller scuffins, but it is too late for that now. They turned out really good:
Look at those big shavings of zucchini! Baked goods are so beautiful, aren’t they? Speaking of beautiful…(nice transition, right???)
I picked up Caitlin’s book on Tuesday night and I was so excited to read it. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do it!!!
All through high school (and the years leading up to it) I was consumed with thoughts about my size. I felt “big”. I was uncomfortable with being in a skirt or a dress (I couldn’t even THINK about a swimsuit much less wear one). I wasn’t severely overweight, but I wasn’t at a healthy weight. I thought I was ugly, unpopular, gross, out of shape, unhealthy, undesirable, unworthy. Where did these feelings come from?
I don’t know. I can’t remember a specific instance that made me feel that way. But I have been working on getting rid of those negative feelings and replacing them with positive ones.
I am beautiful.
I am fit.
I am strong.
I am worthy.
I feel good.
I look good.
I take care of myself.
I am a good wife.
I am a hard worker.
I am a loyal friend.
I tell myself these things whenever those nasty, negative thoughts pop into my head. Do I still think negative thoughts? Yes. Am I getting better and learning to love myself more? Yes.
To me, this is what Operation Beautiful is all about. Getting positive thoughts and feelings out there – on bathroom mirrors, in dressing room stalls, on car windshields, in our hearts and in our minds.
Change the way you see – see yourself as a friend. A friend would never call me ugly, fat, pathetic, lazy, etc. But I have called myself all of those things. It is time for ME to be MY best friend. It is time to treat myself right with respect and with love.
I wish I had Operation Beautiful when I was a young girl. Instead, I had thin models and unhealthy/unrealistic actresses to admire and aspire to be. I would constantly compare my body to others’ bodies. If only I could have seen how beautiful and special I was already. I didn’t need to change to “be” anything else, but myself.
Please share a positive thought about yourself. I shared plenty of mine – feel free to choose one or make up your own. Most importantly — BELIEVE IT!

31 Responses to “Beautiful Zucchini Scuffins”

  1. theemptynutjar Says:

    That is a nice post. And I saw those carrot-scuffins on Angela’s and Tina’s blogs. They look like a nice cross between a cookie and a muffin.

  2. Kate Says:

    oh those look good! i love baking and really enjoy new inspiration for baked goods.

    operation beautiful is awesome. i saw a high school aged girl on grand ave the other day putting OB post it note messages on doors to different shops. i regret the fact that i didnt go and say thank you to her for doing that. women need more of that positive talk!

  3. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh Says:

    Everyone is making scuffins!! I need to find the time to make some as well, they look awesome every time! 🙂

  4. Wendy Says:

    You made scuffins! Sweet! They look fantastic. Gonna have to shred and freeze these massive zucchinis I still have so we can have fresh zucchini bread scuffins in the middle of winter.

    Seeing stuff about that book ALL OVER the blogosphere. Might have to check that out too!

    Happy Friday!

  5. Anne Says:

    Lovin’ the blog, Holly! Is scuffin a mix of scone and muffin? they look soooo good.

    I had much the same thinking in my teens and twenties. I cannot wait to get my hands on Operation Beautiful book. What a great way to kee myself and others thnking positively about who we are.

  6. tia Says:

    Those look super yummy! I can’t get Operation beautiful until the 10th! Grrr!
    Just came across your site through Bobbi’s (Nhershoes) hope you don’t mind if I lurk haha!

  7. Stephanie@ avocado nation Says:

    I need to jump on the scuffin wagon also. They look so good! I think it’s great that you are replacing all those negative thoughts with good ones. It can be so hard to do that.

  8. fitandfortysomething Says:

    the scuffins look great! thank you for sharing your operation beautiful experience with us. for me…….I AM STRONG 🙂

  9. TheHealthyApron Says:

    oooI have zucchini in my fridge! Excited now! Great post! Glad you are on the OB bandwagon! Everyone should be!

  10. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear Says:

    I’m so weirdt but I (almost) never get to urge to bake – cook yes, but baking is not my strong point. However I love to eat the things my friends bake 😛

  11. Matt Says:

    Wow those look amazing!

  12. Michelle Says:

    I have been so tempted to make scuffins but I haven’t done it yet. Looks like I’ll need to!

  13. Kristy Says:

    I apologize, didn’t realize I was still logged into my old wordpress blog! I am now at blogspot. Sorry!!!

  14. Holly @ Self-love and Running Says:

    Great post! I think I need to make an Operation Beautiful Post tonight… Hmmm…

    Those scuffins look great!

  15. Nicole @ Getting Back to the Basics Says:

    Yummy…those scuffins look so good! I need to start posting some notes around my work since it’s at an art college that has about a 75% female population. These young ladies could probably use a little Operation Beautiful in their lives…as could I!

  16. Becky Says:

    Another beautiful batch of scuffins! I’m not much of a baker, but these may be worth a try.

    I feel like my personality makes me most beautiful. I embrace people for who they are. I am loyal, try not to judge, and when I love, it’s unconditional.

  17. mostlyfitmom Says:

    These look delish! May have to try them out….

    Your blog got me thinking about how I view myself, and I realized that I’ve made a huge mental shift over the past 6 months. Instead of focusing on parts of me that I don’t like so much, I really do notice the parts of me I do like. I catch myself asking my husband to check out my (strong looking) quads, or feel my obliques (of steel!). I think this is because I’ve started racing (did my first tri and am training for my first half marathon) instead of just working out to lose weight.

    Yes, I still am above what is considered a healthy weight for my height, but I’ve started thinking about what my body can do instead of how it looks. Hopefully I can pass this onto my daughter!

    Thanks for the post and for the links to healthytippingpoint and operation beautiful. They’re great!

    • couchpotatoathlete Says:

      That is awesome! I’m also trying to focus on what I love about myself: my strong shoulders, my strong legs, my firm core — sure there are not so great things, but why focus on them?

      Yes, think of what your body can do! I love that!

      Glad you enjoyed the post and yes, check out healthtippingpoint and OB.

  18. kaztronomic Says:

    Those scuffins look delicious! I like your variation of them. They look perfect for breakfast. 🙂

    I think OB has such a wonderful, positive message, and you’re right: I would never treat a friend as horribly as I treat myself. I really need to kick the self-depreciation in the butt and learn be kinder to myself. I am smart, I am witty, and I am cute as heck, so there. 😀

  19. sophia Says:

    My story is actually in the Operation beautiful book! And I have yet to get a copy…
    So scuffins is just the muffin tops? Genius!

  20. Laury @thefitnessdish Says:

    The muffins look great!!!

    I can not wait until my copy of this book come in the mail!

    My positive note:

    I am healthy & happy because I take care of myself 🙂


  21. Healthy Coconut Says:

    I’m salivating for your pictures. I love baking with zuchinni. I’ll take your advice and try making them smaller.

  22. In Tune — Oh She Glows Says:

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