Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Nuts and Cherries

Last weekend, when I heard that two of my best pals were heading upstate to their beautiful cabin I couldn't help but invite myself along for the ride. After a week long heatwave it was high time to get the f out of the city and into the woods to take a dip in the swimming hole and breathe some non-conditioned air. Luckily my generous pals don't mind sharing their special spot, so to thank them for their never ending hospitality (and to ensure they invite me back) I brought a little treat. I wanted to bring something along that would be equally tasty for breakfast before hitting up the u-pick farm nearby and as a snack by the creek later in the afternoon and these hearty muffins fit the bill. They utilize lots of zucchini which is ever so plentiful this time of year along with toasted nuts, seeds and some dried cherries for a nice tart zip, but feel free to switch up the additions to suit your personal preference. 

Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Nuts and Cherries 
adapted from 101cookbooks 
yields about 24 muffins 

2c whole wheat flour 
1c all purpose flour 
1 1/2t baking soda 
1/2t baking powder 
1t salt 
1t cinnamon 
1/4t nutmeg 
3/4c olive oil (or canola oil) 
1c sugar 
1/2c brown sugar 
3 large eggs 
2t vanilla extract 
zest of 2 lemons 
1'' piece of ginger, grated with a microplane 
3c finely shredded zucchini (about 3 medium), squeezed gently to remove excess liquid 
1 1/2c mixed chopped nuts, toasted (I used half pecans and half walnuts) 
1/3c poppy seeds 
1/2c dried cherries roughly chopped 

Preheat oven to 350º and line 2. 12 cup muffin tins with liners 

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then stir in the chopped nuts and poppy seeds, making sure to reserve a few tablespoons to sprinkle on the top of the muffins. 
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugars, eggs, lemon zest, ginger, and vanilla extract.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. Fold in the zucchini and cherries. 
4. Fill your muffin liners 2/3 full, then sprinkle the reserved nuts over top. Bake until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 min. 

Big thanks to the folks over at The Kitchen Generation for mentioning the Baking Co. last weekend and thanks to everyone on twitter and facebook who have been so friendly and supportive of my bloggy-blog recently.