Zucchini Muffins

Now that we are living in the land of zucchini plenty (our zucchini plant is well along in its mission of total garden domination) we have ample opportunity to try out zucchini recipes. I’ve been experimenting with muffins and have settled on this one, a riff on our banana bread recipe.

Much like the banana bread, these zucchini muffins are insanely good and insanely easy to make. No mixer, wooden spoon only, and two bowls, though you could really even make the batter in one bowl. Very moist. Just sweet enough.

Zucchini Muffins

I say that the nuts and raisins/dried cranberries are optional because today I watched my favorite 12-year old friend pick out all of them while still declaring how much she loved the muffins. If you like nuts and raisins (or dried cranberries) by all means keep them in.

Zucchini Muffins Recipe

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12-14 muffins

For those of you who prefer to use oil over butter, be my guest (use 1 cup vegetable oil instead of the butter) but I have to tell you, I've made these both ways, and the butter version tastes better.



  • 3 cups grated fresh zucchini
  • 2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)


You don't need a mixer for this recipe.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if using.

2 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done. Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.

Note, if you are including walnuts and dried fruit, you will likely have more batter than is needed for 12 muffins. I got about 14 muffins from this batch, and that included filling the muffin cups up as far as they could possibly go (above the surface of the muffin tin).

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  • Robyn

    Those look delicious and I’ve been staring at my enormous zucchini from my organic farm (CSA). Would it taste much different to use whole wheat flour? (trying to keep the Hubby healthy!)

    All I can suggest is to try it and let us know what you discover. ~Elise

  • Ophelia

    I have a question: Approximately how many medium-sized zucchinis would make 3 cups shredded? And could I make this in a loaf pan instead of muffins?

    So happy to see this! I’ve been looking for a zucchini bread recipe since the zucchinis have appeared at my local farmer’s market. Can’t wait to try it!

    Really hard to tell how big is a “medium-sized” zucchini. Maybe one zucchini will make one cup? maybe 1 1/2? For this recipe I used half of a very large garden zucchini, usually the kind so big that you end up stuffing it. ~Elise

  • G

    Can you tell us what the butter measurement is in cups? We don’t have sticks over here and I can’t bear the thought of scraping out 10 T worth into a cup and hoping it all made it in. But thanks for including the oil replacement. And do you know if I could use applesauce as a 1 to 1 replacement for the oil.

    Enjoying your site and recipes as always. Thanks.

    Hi G, I decided to change the measure to simply 2/3 cup. Regarding applesauce, personally I never use it as a substitution, though others do. ~Elise

  • mmc

    I like making a variation of zucchini muffins by omitting the cinnamon and nutmeg spices and adding dried apricots, golden raisins and sunflower seeds.

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