Makes 12 / What kid doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? It’s a parent-approved combination, providing protein, vitamins, and healthy fats. These kid-friendly muffins also pack in nutrients with whole-wheat flour, carrots, and zucchini—nutritional bonuses your picky eater won’t even notice.
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup nonhydrogenated creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk
1/2-3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 cup finely grated zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
All-fruit strawberry or raspberry fruit preserves
1. Preheat oven to 400º. Spray paper muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With two knives or a pastry blender, cut in peanut butter until coarse crumbs form and mixture is no longer powdery. Add milk, honey, carrot, zucchini, eggs, and oil; stir until well moistened.
3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup. Top each with about 1 teaspoon fruit preserves. Cover with remaining batter. Bake 15–20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
PER SERVING (1 muffin): 304 cal, 40% fat cal, 14g fat, 2g sat fat, 36mg chol, 9g protein, 39g carb, 3g fiber, 283mg sodium