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If you have a lot of zucchini, use it to make a batch of Zucchini Muffins! This is an easy, one-bowl muffin recipe that is easy to make. Keep the muffins plain or add chocolate, berries, or make zucchini nut muffins. It’s a great recipe that you can adapt based on what you like!
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Best Zucchini Muffin Recipe
We have many summer traditions, and one of my favorites is baking with all the fresh zucchini. It’s great to bake with because it makes muffins, quick bread, and cakes ultra-moist. It’s the summer cousin to banana bread!
This zucchini muffin recipe is always on the must-make list every year. It’s so easy and turns out perfectly every time. The shredded zucchini is the star of this show. As you probably already know, you can’t taste it in the muffins, but it gives them the best texture that is soft, moist, and delicious.
Why this recipe works
- I’ve been making this same recipe for years – works every time.
- The zucchini is the perfect addition to this muffin recipe – it keeps them nice and moist!
- The muffins are delicious plain, but you can also add some mix-ins. I’m sharing several ideas in the post, but I love to add chocolate chips!
- They keep well at room temperature, are freezer-friendly, and are the best homemade zucchini bread muffins. You are going to love them!
- Vegetable Oil: I use oil in my zucchini bread and muffin recipes because I like how moist it keeps the muffins.
- Brown and Granulated Sugar: I love the combination of the two!
- Baking Soda and Baking Powder: Both are needed to achieve a moist and soft tender muffin.
- All-purpose Flour: You can also use half and half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour.
- Shredded Zucchini: Grate it yourself – there is no need to squeeze the moisture out of it.
- Optional mix-ins: I love adding nuts or chocolate chips
How to Make Zucchini Muffins
- Combine the oil, both kinds of sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix in the cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Stir in the flour. The batter will be very thick, but once you add the zucchini and mix it in, the batter will loosen up. Sir in the shredded zucchini.
- Add any mix-ins to the wet ingredients, and then transfer the batter to a prepared muffin pan.
- Bake the muffins for 15 to 25 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cook for a few minutes in the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Tip From Dorothy
- You don’t have to use liners but I like the soft interior of the muffin that you get from using them. Otherwise, grease your muffin pans well for easy removal.
- How do you know muffins are done baking? Do the toothpick test – if it comes out of the center of the muffin clean, they’re done.
- How can I make chocolate zucchini muffins? I have the best chocolate zucchini muffin recipe you should try!
- You can use a combination (about half and half) whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, or use GF 1:1 AP flour for gluten free zucchini muffins.
No, they don’t have to be refrigerated, but you can keep them in the fridge if you prefer.
Yes, and I love to do this at the end of the summer when we have a ton of fresh zucchini. Shred and freeze it to use in the fall and winter.
At 350°F, they need to bake for 15 to 25 minutes.
Store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. If you want to freeze them, use a freezer-safe bag or container.
Lots of things! Chopped nuts, chopped fruit, and chocolate chips are all great choices.
Yes – These muffins are the same recipe I use to make my favorite zucchini bread recipe.
Yes just be sure it’s thawed. Too make sure you have enough (but not too much) liquid in your zucchini, thaw the frozen shredded zucchini on paper towels which will absorb the excess moisture.
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Zucchini Muffins Recipe
- ½ cup (119ml) vegetable oil
- ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups (186g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups (approximately 152g) shredded zucchini
- 1 cup mix-ins optional, see notes
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- Add oil, both sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Stir until smooth.
- Mix in cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Stir in flour, mixture will be thick. Add zucchini and stir until combined – mixture will get looser and more pourable after stirring in zucchini. Stir in mix-ins if using.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool slightly before removing from pan.
- Mix in options: add 1 cup total of: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or blueberries. Or sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before baking.
- Be sure to shred your own zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Do not drain or squeeze liquid out of the zucchini – you need the moisture to keep the bread moist.
- Sugar: I like the mix of brown and granulated but you can omit the brown sugar and use 1 cup granulated if you prefer.
Zucchini Muffins are perfect to use up any extra zucchinis you have this summer! This is an easy, one-bowl muffin recipe that is easy to make.
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Last Updated on May 5, 2023
Hi! Is it just less bake time to make mini muffins?
Yes it’ll make about 3x the number of minis, less bake time (probably 8-15 min)
Was just wondering if it would turn out the same if I used almond flour and keto sweet name powder. The recipe sounds wonderful.
I love muffins very much and I have a small cook book on muffins and I am always looking around for more recipes. I lost my husband of 47 years lately and I cannot get into baking like before for some time. I copied your recipe and will try it when I am feeling better. I thank you for your recipe and continue on with more to come.
Had 6 cups of shedded zucchini and made 4 dozen muffins and a 9×12 pan added blueberries and walnuts to 9×13 . So good and will be great this cold winter
Never-fail recipe for moist, delicious muffins! Adding mini chocolate chips make them a special treat for a brunch. Thank you for sharing!
This is my favorite zucchini muffin recipe!
These are so amazing. Best zucchini muffins for sure. I double the recipe and have made them a few times.