Now that summer is here, the produce is always abundant in my kitchen! Two of my favorites would have to be good ol’ versatile zucchini and rhubarb from our backyard!
What’s your favorite summer produce find?
So starting in the spring, I try to compile a list of recipes to use a variety of summer fruit and vegetable findings. Not surprisingly, today’s are both sweet recipes. But first..
Health Benefits of Rhubarb:
- Studies have shown that rhubarb has anti-cancer properties and might help in cutting down the risk of cancer.
- Fresh rhubarb stalk is a very good source of dietary fiber and is beneficial for those suffering from indigestion
- Eating a cold piece of rhubarb stalk can help counterbalance stomach acid and thus, restore health.
- Regular consumption of fresh rhubarb has been seen to have a positive effect on lowering of blood pressure.
- Researches have suggested that rhubarb can prove to be beneficial for those suffering from high cholesterol.
- Rhubarb has been found to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.
Health Benefits of Zucchini:
Rhubarb Banana Cream Delight
*You wouldn’t think banana and rhubarb would pair well together, but turns out they are a heavenly combo!*
- 1 (4 serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix
- 1 (4 serving) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin
- 1 3/4 c water
- 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
- 1 c sliced banana
- 1 (4 serving) package instant banana cream pudding mix
- 2/3 c nonfat dry milk powder
- 1/2 c Cool Whip Free
- PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
- COMBINE graham cracker crumbs, oil, sugar,and cinnamon in medium bowl; stir well. Press onto bottom and side of ungreased 8 x 8 glass baking dish.
- BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes; cool.
In a medium saucepan, combine dry cook-and-serve pudding mix, dry gelatin, and 3/4 c water. Add rhubarb. Mix well to combine. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and rhubarb becomes soft, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in banana.
Place saucepan on wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.Spoon rhubarb mixture over crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
In a medium bowl, combine dry instant pudding mix and dry milk powder. Add remaining 1 cup water. Mix well using a wire whisk. Blend in Cool Whip free. Spread pudding mixture evenly over rhubarb mixture. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Cut into 8 servings.
Tropical Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
*The coconut extract and shredded coconut really takes these muffins to a tropical level, and who doesn’t like that?"*
- 1 1/2 c zucchini, finely shredded
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1/3 c light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
- 2 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract
- 1 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 c chopped pecans, or almonds
- 1/4 c mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In large bowl combine both flours, both sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves.
- In separate medium bowl, mix together zucchini, applesauce, oil, eggs, vanilla, coconut extract, and shredded coconut.
- Add wet ingredients into large bowl with dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
- Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Fill 12 muffin liners evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.