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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!

Stack of zucchini muffins

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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.
Zucchini muffins with top one split in half to show inside of muffin

Recipe Variations

Keep them plain, or add some mix-ins to dress them up! Whatever you decide to add, measure one cup total of add-ins. You can keep it all the same or do a mix of add-ins. Here are some ideas:

  • Chopped nuts – chopped walnuts are delicious!
  • Chocolate chips – dark, milk, or semisweet chocolate chips will all work.
  • Fruit – berries like chopped strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries would be delicious.
  • Cinnamon Sugar – a sprinkle over the top of each muffing before you bake them. It adds a warm spice flavor. I’ve made cinnamon sugar zucchini banana bread and it’s fantastic!

Make them from breakfast or snacks, and you won’t regret it! This might be a simple recipe, but it makes the absolute best zucchini muffins. Grab some summer-fresh zucchini and give them a try!

Zucchini muffins with top one split in half and covered in butter

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • 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.

FAQ

Do I need to refrigerate zucchini muffins?

No, they don’t have to be refrigerated, but you can keep them in the fridge if you prefer.

Can you freeze shredded zucchini for later use?

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.

How long do you bake zucchini muffins?

At 350°F, they need to bake for 15 to 25 minutes.

How do you store them?

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.

What can I add to muffins?

Lots of things! Chopped nuts, chopped fruit, and chocolate chips are all great choices.

Can I make zucchini muffins from bread?

Yes – These muffins are the same recipe I use to make my favorite zucchini bread recipe.

Can I use frozen zucchini?

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

4.97 from 29 votes
Zucchini muffins are the perfect way to use up zucchini – make this zucchini bread in a muffin pan and make it plain or add nuts or chocolate chips!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 18 muffins
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Recipe Notes

  • 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.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American

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

Dorothy Kern

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21 Comments

  1. Was just wondering if it would turn out the same if I used almond flour and keto sweet name powder. The recipe sounds wonderful.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Never-fail recipe for moist, delicious muffins! Adding mini chocolate chips make them a special treat for a brunch. Thank you for sharing!

  5. These are so amazing. Best zucchini muffins for sure. I double the recipe and have made them a few times.