This perhaps surprising dessert will please picky eaters and skeptical spouses alike! Our team testers gave it multiple thumbs up. Zucchini is a strange choice for dessert at first glance but when you really drill down it’s got a lot to offer! This dessert is also vegan, gluten-free, and compatible with an elimination diet.
At the top of the list: blood sugar balance. Zucchini is very low in carbohydrates compared to apples, pears, and other fruits traditionally used in crumbles. 1 cup of zucchini clocks in at just 4.6g of carbs compared with 14.8 g in apples, and 44% of your daily vitamin C recommendation compared with 7% in apples. Keeping your blood sugar balanced throughout the day helps to manage mood and energy levels. Lower blood sugar requires less insulin. Too much insulin in the blood causes many of the symptoms we associate with a “sugar crash” like irritability, fatigue, anxiety, shaky hands, and excessive hunger. With this crumble you will still have the energy to go for a walk or play catch after dessert – no couch nap for you!
Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season, whose traditionally sugary treats can send your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride! Instead of those, consider a Zucchini Crumble swap for your next gathering – be sure to save the leftovers for a decadent breakfast the next morning. Top with a little coconut yogurt – delish!
*All nutritional information calculated through Cronometer
This recipe was contributed by Megan Pfiffner. Megan is a clinical nutritionist currently enrolled in our nutrition residency program for CNS candidates. You can find Megan at https://www.meganpfiffnernutrition.com/ or on Instagram at @MeganPfiffnerNutrition.
In addition to Megan, thank you to these recipe collaborators who tested and helped refine the final recipe:
Nutrition Resident Renee Slonaker @nutritionforyou.health
Nutrition Resident Neda Mowzoun @nedamowzoun
Nutrition Resident Anne Stephenson
Nutrition Resident Magdalena Calabrese @reframed_wellness